How to install Xenia emulator PC Windows 32/64 bit XBox 360

Xenia emulator PC Windows

Xenia is an experimental open source emulator for the Xbox 360 written in C++.

This guide explains how to install Xenia emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.


Software requirements

You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:

Xenia emulatorDownload
Microsoft Visual C++Download

The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.

Xenia emulator Windows Games

System requirements

The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.

Recommended requirements

OSWindows 10 (or higher)
CPUx64 Octa core (or higher)
RAM6 GB (or more)
GPUDirect X 12 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended requirements.

Minimum requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx86 Quad core (or higher)
RAM4 GB (or more)
GPUDirect X 11 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 1 GB (or more)

We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications lower the recommended requirements but you’re always welcome to experiment.

Install emulator

  1. Download the .zip archive
  2. Extract the .zip archive on a folder
  3. Select the folder containing the extracted file
  4. Open the file .exe as administrator
  5. Press install button
  6. Launch the software
Xenia emulator Windows Install

Xenia emulator doesn’t require any Xbox 360 system files.

The application 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.

Install games

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. To confirm that it is indeed a game try opening the file in Xenia emulator
  5. Once you’ve made sure the file works in Xenia you can rename, or move the folder the game is in for convenience
      • (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
Xenia emulator Windows setup

Install DLC

  1. Identify what the Game Title ID is. This can be identified by running the game in Xenia
  2. Locate your DLC Content folder from your removable storage
  3. Download Velocity from the download section
  4. Open the Packages with Velocity
  5. Extract the content packages to Documents\Xenia\TitleID\00000002 and their corresponding folder names.
Xenia emulator Windows DLC

Update emulator

This app is from a third-party developer, so an automatic update won’t be available.

You will need to manually update the app by removing the old version and installing the new version on the download section.

All the updates have the latest fixes and optimizations, but their constantly changing nature means that little testing has been done on them and unknown bugs may appear.


  • XBox 360 is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation
  • Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation

The goal of this project is to experiment, research, and educate on the topic of emulation of modern devices and operating systems. 

It is not for enabling illegal activity.

All information is obtained via reverse engineering of legally purchased devices and games and information made public on the internet.

Xenia emulator Windows Configuration


This guide/tutorial answers the following questions:

  • How do I download and install Xenia emulator on PC?
  • Is it possible to emulate XBox 360 on Windows?
  • Can I run an ISO in Xenia emulator?
  • How do I download Xenia emulator?
  • How can I play XBox 360 games on Windows?