How to Play Xbox 360 Games on Your PC

Replay your favorite games even if you don't have the same hardware as before

The Xbox 360 has a library of amazing titles.

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Exact numbers vary, but well over 900 Xbox 360 titles came out between November 2015 and today. If there's a game you missed, or you just have the urge to catch up on some older titles, here's how you can play Xbox 360 games on your PC instead of setting up the console again.

Download Xbox 360 Games From the Windows 10 Store

There are a limited number of titles available to gamers through the Windows 10 store. While the number of Xbox One games far outweigh the number of Xbox 360 games, you'll still find a selection of titles to play.

To search for these games, you'll first want to open the Microsoft Store.

  1. Look for and select the Microsoft Store icon in your toolbar. Alternatively, type "Microsoft Store" into the Windows search bar, then select Microsoft Store.

  2. In the search bar, type the name of the game you want to find. If it's available on the Microsoft Store, you should find it.

    The Windows 10 store provides access to a lot of games.
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  3. Select the game to enter its store page.

  4. Select Get to purchase the game.

Play Xbox 360 Games on PC Using an Emulator

If you can't find the game you want on the Microsoft Store, you can install an emulator to run Xbox 360 games on your PC.

Although there are multiple options for emulators available for download, not all emulators are safe or reliable. The one with the best reviews and most reports of reliable service is Xenia, the Xbox 360 Research Emulator. 

Hardware Considerations

The Xbox 360 sported impressive technical specifications for its time. To run an emulator, you'll need a PC with specs and hardware exceeding these parameters:

  • 3.2 GHz CPU
  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB HD

Most modern computers can easily meet this requirement, but if you haven't upgraded your PC in a while, make sure you can handle an emulator. The 360 had a custom-made GPU, but a Radeon RX 570 or its Nvidia equivalent will be more than enough to handle any emulator you find. 

How to Download and Install the Emulator

Some of the options for emulators have turned out to be scams or malware. Xenia is designed as a research tool and has a strict stance against illegal activity, so make sure any games you play through the emulator are obtained legally.

The good thing about the Xenia emulator is if you have insufficient hardware or it's incompatible with your system, it will tell you right away. There's no need to guess whether it's compatible or not — just start the software and give it a shot. 

  1. Select Download on the left side of the screen.

    Look for the download tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. On the following page, select the file to download. Select either master (Vulkan) or d3d12 (D3D12) file. The master file should contain everything you need.

    Only download from the official Xenia site. Other websites may contain malware and additional files that can harm your computer.

  3. After the file has downloaded, extract it to your drive using either the native Windows ZIP manager or a third-party program like WinRar.

  4. If you have Xbox 360 game files saved to your hard drive, put the folder of games beside the Xenia folder.

  5. Drag the game you want to play onto the Xenia.exe file, and the game should automatically start.