How to Play Xbox 360 Games on PC with Xenia Emulator
If you want to enjoy Xbox 360 games on your PC, you might be interested in Xenia, an open source research project for emulating Xbox 360 games on modern PCs. Xenia can run many titles, but not all games are supported. In this article, we will show you how to install and setup Xenia emulator, and how to download the Xbox 360 bios files.
Installing and Setting Up Xenia Emulator
To install Xenia emulator, you need to have a Windows 7 or higher operating system with Direct3D 12 or Vulkan support. You also need to have a compatible CPU and GPU that can handle the emulation. You can check the system requirements and compatibility list on the Xenia website and Github page.
Once you have verified that your system meets the requirements, you can download the latest Xenia master build from here. You will get a zip file that contains the emulator executable and some other files. Extract the zip file to a folder of your choice.
Before you run the emulator, you need to create a file named portable.txt in the same folder as the emulator executable. This will make the emulator store its settings and save files in the same folder, instead of using the Windows registry or AppData folder.
Next, you need to create a config file for the emulator. To do this, open Notepad or any other text editor and paste the following lines:
license_mask = -1
graphics_api = vulkan
vsync = true
Save the file as xenia.config.toml in the same folder as the emulator executable. This config file will enable some basic settings for the emulator, such as using Vulkan as the graphics API and enabling vsync. You can change these settings later if you want.
If you want to play Xbox Live Arcade games, you also need to disable demo mode for them. To do this, open Notepad or any other text editor and paste the following line:
Save the file as license.xex in the same folder as the emulator executable. This will make the emulator treat all XBLA games as full versions.
You can also tweak some other settings for the emulator, such as enabling ROV (Rasterizer Ordered Views), upscaling (internal resolution), changing graphics API (Direct3D 12 or Vulkan), and disabling vsync. You can find more information about these settings on the Xenia wiki.
Downloading Xbox 360 Bios Files
To run Xbox 360 games on Xenia emulator, you need to have the Xbox 360 bios files. These files are not included with the emulator due to legal reasons. You can either dump them from your own Xbox 360 console, or download them from online sources.
If you want to dump them from your own console, you need to have a hacked or modded Xbox 360 that can run unsigned code. You also need a USB flash drive or an external hard drive that is formatted as FAT32. You can follow this video tutorial by Aphelion Gaming on how to dump your bios files using Xell.
If you want to download them from online sources, you need to be careful about where you get them from. Some websites may offer fake or corrupted bios files that can harm your PC or contain malware. One of the possible sources that we found is this archive page that contains xbox360-bios-v10.zip file. We cannot guarantee that this file is safe 061ffe29dd