Windows XP runs on Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset

Apple announced the Vision Pro mixed reality headset at the WWDC 2023 event in June this year. However, the device will not be available for free sale until next year.

Aug 10, 2023 - 16:33
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Windows XP runs on Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset

Despite this, a set of tools for creating visionOS SDK applications was released. Now UTM emulator developers have managed to port Windows XP to the Vision Pro headset.

In the video, which the developers published on social network X (former Twitter), you can see how Windows XP runs in the visionOS environment. It is noted that the operating system is successfully emulated in visionOS, but it works with significant limitations that have yet to be addressed. At this stage there is not even support for data entry, which means that the user has no way of interacting with the virtual machine once it has booted.

While the Windows operating system running in visionOS may be surprising at first, it's nothing special since Apple's platform is based on iPadOS, which UTM has already implemented support for. Nevertheless, having Windows XP running in a virtual floating window looks quite interesting. Unfortunately, UTM is unlikely to appear in the App Store, as Apple does not allow virtual machine apps in iOS.

Recall, the Vision Pro device is the first mixed reality headset from Apple. According to the manufacturer, the headset will enter the US market in early 2024, and later will be available in some other countries. The cost of the device starts at $3500.

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