Xbox 360 emulators

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The Xbox 360 console

The Xbox 360 is a console produced by Microsoft in 2005. It is notable for being the first console of the seventh generation. Later, the console's life saw several updates to its OS to alter its appearance, as well as the option of a motion-sensing camera called the Kinect.

Emulators[edit]

PC
Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
Xenia Windows N/A
Consoles
Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
Xbox One Xbox One Patch based

Comparisons[edit]

  • Xenia is the emulator that's made it the furthest so far. Progress on it is surprisingly fast. Only a relatively small number of games are playable, though, and those that are playable largely have issues and run slowly.
  • The official emulator on the Xbox One supports only a small number of games, with more to be added later. Load times are faster, but emulation suffers from input lag due to forced Vsync. Beyond this, playback is incredibly faithful to the original system. Note that an Internet connection is required on first run of each game to download additional files.

Emulation issues[edit]

Due to requiring a large amount of resources (see Dolphin and PCSX2 for specifications for their respective consoles), as well as the hardware not being properly documented yet, Xbox 360 emulation currently isn't at a point where people can reliably play games via it. However, Xenia is quickly making progress on that front. That, plus the fact that Microsoft has implemented their own official emulation of the system through the Xbox One brings much promise to successfully emulating the system in the future.