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Video shows Xbox 360 emulation working on a PC

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Slowly but surely, Xbox 360 emulation is coming to the PC. Very slowly, for now.

In a video uploaded earlier this week, Xenia, by Ben Vanik, is seen running Frogger 2, released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2008. Vanik explained that the game is running extremely slow because the emulator is working through a debug interpreter; Vanik says the emulator will run at normal speed as development continues.

Go to 6:08 of the video to see the game.


It's a proof of concept for something that's been four years in the making. Xenia's project page is here but Vanik is not releasing any executable of the emulator.

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

Console emulation on PC has advanced to include the PlayStation 2 and Wii, but emulating the original Xbox has proven difficult. PS3 emulation is also in an embryonic stage, though a video from earlier this month showed a project booting a commercial PS3 game.