|Developer(s)||Ben Vanik; Justin Moore (DrChat); Rick (gibbed); Triang3l|
|Written in||C++, C, Assembly, Python|
|Operating system||Windows 8 or later|
|Platform||x86-64 with AVX|
|Type||Video game console emulator|
|License||New BSD License|
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 December 2018, the emulator is capable of playing approximately ninety Xbox 360 titles at full speed, as well as reaching gameplay of nearly 300 games with varying levels of compatibility.
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. This marked the emulator's first playable commercial title. 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. 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. In addition to speed increases, Vanik expects the emulator to support playing other titles in the future. The author stated that the goal of the Xenia project is to disseminate research information on modern device and operating system emulation.
A Direct3D 12 branch was created on July 18, 2018, and notably surpassed the main Vulkan branch in terms of accuracy on September 26 of the same year, allowing a demo of Sonic Unleashed to be played, soon after fixing certain graphical problems that had arisen on AMD GPUs. This branch of the emulator requires higher specifications to run and uses more GPU power than the Vulkan branch does.
A set of minimum requirements must be met for the emulator to run. As of December 20, 2018, users are required to be running a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or later. A Vulkan or D3D12 compatible GPU and 64-bit processor supporting AVX or AVX2 are required.
- Vanik, Ben (March 22, 2015). Xenia Xbox 360 Emulator: A-Train HX WIP – via YouTube.
- "Compatibility Tracker". Xenia Project.
- Good, Owen S. (March 29, 2014). "Video shows Xbox 360 emulation working on a PC". Polygon. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- Dorino, Davide "Alexander" (March 27, 2014). "A video shows the Xbox 360 emulator in action with Xenia Frogger 2". SpazioGames.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "FAQ". Xenia Project.