All You Need to Know About Xbox Emulation
Microsoft’s Xbox brand of consoles is, without a doubt, one of the most popular brand of all time, and for good reason. The Xbox 360 was a true staple of the last generation of consoles. It is only natural that gamers would want to relive their Xbox gaming memories after they sell theirs. However, Xbox emulation is in a complicated state.
The first console, which was simply called the “Xbox”, isn’t in an advanced state of emulation. Because the console did not have many exclusives, the interest in an original Xbox emulator isn’t that great, so there aren’t many developers working on one. The best and most advanced one is called Xeon. However, Xeon can only run one commercial game, which is the NTSC version of Halo, and even that version is full of graphical glitches and frame drops.
Xbox 360 Emulator
The Xbox 360 is more or less the same in terms of emulation. However, because of the many exclusives the 360 had, a developer is now working on Xenia, an open-source Xbox 360 emulator, which can currently play certain Xbox Live Arcade titles, and can boot up Red Dead Redemption. Although the emulator has progressed quite quickly since its initial release, it still has a long way to go before you will be able to play Halo 3 on your PC. If you are interested in the titles the emulator can run, Xenia has a compatibility list on its official website, and on the GitHub page of the project. There, you will also find the download links and the guide for setting up the emulator. In order to play any titles, you will need to either backup your own games from a genuine Xbox 360 console, or to find game files online. Keep in mind that downloading and using a game file of a game you don’t own is considered piracy, and is illegal.
Xbox One Emulator
The newest console in the Xbox family, the Xbox One, is Microsoft’s flagship console for this generation. The new Xbox One S has recently released, and with the Project Scorpio coming in 2017, it looks like the Xbox One is here to stay. If you want to emulate Xbox One games on your PC, then you’ve got some tough luck, as there are no emulators for the Xbox One on the Internet. However, because the Xbox One is basically just a locked-down Windows 10 system, Microsoft is now offering a free Windows 10 port of all upcoming Xbox games upon purchasing the Xbox version, and vice versa. If you’re set on playing Xbox One games on an emulator, then chances are you’re going to have to wait a long while.
All in all, the Xbox family of consoles is hardly possible to emulate at the moment, but there are enough people working on the Xbox 360 emulator to make up for the other two. Xenia is one of the most promising in-development emulators on the Internet, and it looks like it has a great future ahead.