• How Xbox and Windows work together


    Simon Bisson

    By Simon Bisson

    Windows, Xbox, and the cloud are changing the shape of gaming. And maybe Windows itself.

    Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console is, at heart, a very specialized Windows PC built around a custom AMD processor and designed to be a living-room gaming and media platform. Because developers can use the same tools to build Xbox and Windows apps, it is as much a replacement for gaming capabilities of the discontinued Windows Media Center edition — with applications from most streaming providers, as it is a built-in Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) support.

    But there’s more to the relationship between the two platforms than that, with Microsoft starting to blur the boundaries between its two consumer platforms.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.50.0, 2023-12-11).