Xenia (emulator)

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Developer(s) Ben Vanik; Justin Moore (DrChat); Rick (gibbed)
Stable release
1.0.629 / 24 February 2017; 18 months ago (2017-02-24)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C++, C, Assembly, Python
Operating system Windows 8.1 or later
Platform x86-64 with AVX
Size 10 MB (Source)
Type Video game console emulator
License New BSD License
Website xenia.jp

Xenia is a free and open-source emulator for Microsoft Windows that allows Xbox 360 console games to be played on a personal computer. As of August 2016, the emulator is capable of playing approximately fifty Xbox 360 titles at full speed.[1][2]


In March 2014, Ben Vanik, the author of the emulator, released a proof of concept video showing that the emulator is capable of playing Frogger 2, a 2008 Xbox Live Arcade title.[3] This marked the emulator's first playable commercial title.[4] Development of the emulator was moving at a slow pace, as the March 2014 video of Frogger 2 was the result of four years of development work. The video showed the game being emulated at a low framerate, attributed by the author to the program using a debug interpreter for emulation, expecting the speed to increase to a more playable level as development progressed.[3] A new video released in March 2015 showed the Xbox 360 title A-Train HX (which features rendered 3D graphics) running at full speed only a year after the Frogger video.[1] In addition to speed increases, Vanik expects the emulator to support playing other titles in the future.[4] The author stated that the goal of the Xenia project is to disseminate research information on modern device and operating system emulation.

System requirements[edit]

A set of minimum requirements must be met for the emulator to run. As of February 24th 2017, users are required to be running a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 or later. A Vulkan compatible GPU and 64-bit processor supporting AVX or AVX2 are required.[5]

See also[edit]

  • RPCS3, the first PlayStation 3 emulator


  1. ^ a b "Xenia Xbox 360 Emulator: A-Train HX WIP". 
  2. ^ "Compatibility List". Xenia. Official web-site. 
  3. ^ a b Good, Owen S. (Mar 29, 2014). "Video shows Xbox 360 emulation working on a PC". Polygon. Retrieved Mar 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dorino, Davide "Alexander" (Mar 27, 2014). "A video shows the Xbox 360 emulator in action with Xenia Frogger 2". SpazioGames.it (in Italian). Retrieved Mar 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "About". Xenia. Official web-site. 

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