XQEMU is a new working emulator for the first Xbox, already runs commercial games

These past few years, we’ve seen promising emulators for Xbox360 and Playstation 3. And while there already is an emulator Playstation 2, we never got our hands on a proper emulator for the original Xbox. However, this is about to change as we have a new player in town.

XQEMU is a open source, cross-platform emulator for the original Xbox that is currently in very early stages of development. This emulator has been under development for a while and while it’s still in a very early stage, it’s latest version can already run a respectable number of commercial games.

In its current state, most things/features of the original Xbox are not compatible in XQEMU, all games run really slow, and there is no audio. As said, this emulator is in its very early stages. Still, we believe it’s really great that it actually runs games.

Below you can find a number of videos showing this emulator in action. Future versions will obviously improve performance, so there is really no point complaining about it.


XQEMU Xbox Emulator - Crash Tag Team Racing Ingame - realtime! (WIP)

XQEMU Xbox Emulator - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ingame - realtime! (WIP)

XQEMU Xbox Emulator - Fallout Brotherhood of Steel Ingame - realtime! (WIP)

XQEMU Xbox Emulator - Apex Ingame - realtime! (WIP)

XQEMU Xbox Emulator - Batman Dark Tomorrow Ingame - realtime! (WIP)

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John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email