How to Use Xenia â€“ the Best Xbox 360 Emulator for Windows 10.
In the 15 years since the launch of the Xbox 360, PC hardware has changed significantly. We are now in a stage where emulators are becoming powerful enough to run Xbox 360 and PS3 games at an acceptable frame rate. Well, at least on top-end hardware. This is important because in the 7th generation, the PC was not as important a platform as it is today. Today, we almost take it for granted that multiplatform games will run on PC. But there are a lot of seventh-generation games like Red Dead Redemption that just never got PC ports. Other than that, PC gamers also have to miss out on a lot of great exclusives.
But Xenia and RPCS3, two of the best emulators Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively, combined with a powerful PC can let you play these games without seventh generation hardware. Both of these emulators are very powerful. But from the point of view of usability, right now we have to give Xenia the advantage. It used to be extremely difficult to code the Cell architecture for the PS3. This makes it even more difficult to create a high-performance emulator. The Xbox 360 has an advantage here because its 3-core IBM PowerPC architecture is better understood. Today we will learn how to use Xenia to emulate Xbox 360 games like Red Dead Redemption on your PC. Read on to find out.
Before we start
Before continuing with this tutorial, there are a few things you need to prepare. To get started, you will need a legally purchased, licensed copy of any game that you plan to emulate in Xenia. Emulation is a kind of gray space. But you’ll (probably) be legally safe if you only use its emulators to run games you already own. (Disclaimer, do not take our words as valid legal advice). Fortunately, getting seventh-generation games is super easy and super cheap. You can pick up used disc copies for as little as a few dollars on eBay. You’ve probably spent more on Candy Crush.
If you have a legal copy of the game that you want to emulate, you need to get an electronic copy in a format that Ksenia can use. You can check out our upcoming guide on how to copy games to your Xbox 360 disc and upload files to your PC. But in today’s guide, we’ll point you to a simple alternative: downloading the ISO. Xenia supports ISO images and you can find ISOs for almost any Xbox 360 game on this site here. Again, we strongly recommend downloading ONLY ISO images for the games you already have.
Third, you need a fairly powerful modern computer. The Xbox 360 had a powerful GPU and this makes Xenia more GPU dependent than many other emulators. To get 30fps or more in games like Halo 3 , here are our GPU recommendations:
- GTX 1070 or better for Nvidia users
- Vega 56 or better for AMD Users
Upper mid-range GPUs like the RX 580 will work with Xenia, but you might not get gaming performance. Don’t even try to run an emulator with integrated graphics. Of course, if you don’t like playing at 2 FPS. Be aware that recent Xenia builds use the Vulkan API. This means that you cannot use them with older GPUs that do not support the Vulkan standard. In practice, this means anything newer than AMD’s HD 7000 lineup and Nvidia’s GTX 600 lineup.
As an emulator, Xenia also puts a heavy load on your CPU. You will need a pretty decent processor to get the frame rate acceptable. What this means in terms of processor recommendations:
- Skylake i5, at least i5 6500, at least for Intel users;
- Ryzen 1500X at least for AMD users
Both of these processors are on the lower end of what we actually used in Xenia. If you want to improve the performance of your AMD processor, we highly recommend overclocking it.
RAM and storage requirements
You will also need 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of free storage space (for storing 360 ISO files).
Input Device Requirements
You will also need an Xbox 360 controller connected to your PC. If you don’t have a 360 Â° controller, you can use the X360CE to make your computer think your controller is indeed a 360 controller. This will work with a variety of controllers such as the Dualshock 3, Dualshock 4, and Xbox One. You can technically control Xenia with your keyboard, but it’s an outright terrible way to play most Xbox 360 games.
When you have all this, it’s time to make Xenia work. Read on to find out how.
How to use Xenia
Step 1. Download the latest Xenia build from the official site.
Step 2. Unzip the zip file containing Xenia to any folder of your choice.
Step 3. Launch Xenia. You can get the Windows Defender popup. Do not worry about it. Click Details, then Run Anyway. Xenia is not malware, but Windows Defender tends to report emulators as such.
Step 4. A blank screen appears with a menu bar at the top.
Step 5. Click the file, then open. Select the ISO you downloaded
Step 6. That’s it. You can press F11 to go full screen if you like.
Please note that since Xenia is still in development, not all games work with it, and only a few of them actually work well. Take a look at the Xenia compatibility list here before attempting to launch the game.
If you’ve followed all of these steps, your favorite Xbox 360 games will launch on your PC. Ksenia is a job. It is not without limits. You only need top-notch hardware to run games at 30fps. Moreover, many of the titles just don’t work, and since this is a voluntary project, there is no clear time frame for when they will be corrected. However, if you can fix these issues, Xenia is a great way to enjoy Xbox 360 games that you might otherwise miss.
How to Use Xenia