Xenia is an experimental emulator for the Xbox 360 [ Under Development ]
Xenia doesn’t require any Xbox 360 system files.
Xenia will check for the minimum supported CPU and GPU on startup and error out if one is not detected. Make sure that you have the latest drivers installed. You cannot just remove the checks in the code and assume things will work.
Windows Update tends to lag behind, so download GPU drivers from your manufacturer:
The D3D12 renderer is currently unoptimized so expect low FPS.
OS: Windows 10 x64
CPU: 4th generation or later i5/i7 64-bit x86 processor with AVX(2) support
You can check with CPU-Z
GPU: GTX 980 Ti or later
RAM: 6GB or more
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019
YOU CANNOT PLAY GAMES DIRECTLY FROM THE DISC DRIVE, OR USE AN XBOX ONE TO RIP GAMES!
Stock console method
Xbox 360 console
USB storage device that’s at least 16GB. You might encounter problems with smaller devices.
If you’re wanting to rip games from disc:
Xbox 360 game disc
Xbox 360 that can read discs
Before beginning, you need to check if the USB is formatted:
Go to Settings > System > Storage
If you see an Unformatted storage device, select it.
If it’s already formatted, skip this section.
Press A to format
Note: This will erase everything from the drive. Make sure to move the files off of it first!
Once done, return to home by pressing B twice.
Section 1. Ripping discs
If your game isn’t a disc (XBLA, digital, etc.) skip to Section 2.
You’ll want to change these options to stop game(s) from automatically starting:
Settings > System > Console Settings > Auto-Play > Disable
Settings > System > Console Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Startup > Xbox Dashboard
Go to home on the dashboard
Insert the disc into the drive, and close the tray.
Once the game shows up press X (Game Details) with the game selected.
Press the Install button.
If you see Delete instead, skip to Section 2.
Note: Not all games have the Install option. List of currently known uninstallable games:
College Hoops 2k7
Pocket Bike Racers
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Select the storage device you want to install the game on.
Once it’s 100% Completed press A to continue, and press B to go back to home.
Section 2. Transferring HDD games
If you ripped the game(s) directly to the USB drive, or they’re already on the USB drive, you can skip this section.
Go to Settings > System > Storage > Hard Drive > Press Y (Device Options) > Transfer Content > USB Storage Device
Choose what you want to transfer. Keep in mind full games and trials/demos are in separate categories.
Press right, then Start.
Once it’s done you can take the USB out of the console.
Section 3. Importing games for use in Xenia
Insert the USB drive into your PC. Go to Content.
If the USB drive appears empty enable Show hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer.
Go into 00000#. There will be folders with names consisting of lots of letters and numbers. You should find the game’s folder within one of them.
The game will have a name with a bunch of letters and numbers just like the folders, and no file extension.
XBLA games will be one file, GOD (disc) games will contain a file, along with a *.data folder with the same name.
ContentCache.pkg is irrelevant. Ignore it.
To confirm that it is indeed a game try opening the file with Velocity.
Once you’ve made sure the file opens in Velocity and works in Xenia you can rename, or move the folder the game is in for convenience.
*FOLDER ABOVE, NOT FILE or .DATA FOLDER!
(Optional) If the game crashes you can try extracting the game using Velocity.
If the game is extracted you will need to drag default.xex onto Xenia.
Some games have multiple .xex files, so if you can’t find default.xex or it just doesn’t work, try another one.
Redump method (rare/specific drives)
For these DVD drives:
SH-D163A / TS-H353A
SH-D163B / TS-H353B
SH-162C / TS-H352C / SD-M2012C(?)
SH-D162D / TS-H352D
IF YOUR DRIVE IS NOT LISTED HERE IT WILL NOT WORK!
How to install DLCs
Identify what the Game Title ID is. This can be identified by running the game in Xenia.
Locate your DLC Content folder from your removable storage.
Open your Packages with Velocity.
Extract the content packages
to Documents\Xenia\TitleID\00000002 and their corresponding folder names.
How to run games in full/activated mode on Xenia
By default Xenia runs ALL XBLA/digital games in demo/trial mode.
To run games in full/activated mode you need to change license_mask = 0 to -1 or 1 (depending on the game.) in xenia.config.toml.
It will be in Documents\Xenia by default. If portable.txt is present it will be in the same directory as xenia.exe.
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