A modern Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft, and was released on November 22, 2005 in North America, December 2, 2005 in Europe, December 10, 2005 in Japan, February 2, 2006 in Colombia and Mexico, February 24, 2006 in Korea, March 16, 2006 in Hong Kong, March 23, 2006 in Australasia, July 7, 2006 in Chile, and Spring 2010 in Seychelles. It competed with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii and it was part of the seventh generation of video gaming consoles. The Xbox 360 was unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005 and detailed launch and game information was revealed in E3 2005. It was succeeded by the Xbox One in November 22, 2013. Microsoft stopped manufacturing the Xbox 360 on April 20, 2016.

Emulation historyEdit

The Xbox series of consoles is known in the emulation community for its lack of emulators; only recently has original Xbox been decently emulated nearly 15 years after its release, and the Xbox One currently cannot be emulated at all (although this is to be expected due to the console being relatively new). This, however, is attributed to the lack of interest in creating an Xbox emulator. Its best selling games; Halo 1, Halo 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Fable, and Grand Theft Auto, were all available on the PC or on PlayStation 2 (which can be emulated decently with PCSX2). Thanks to this, it is a common misconception that the Xbox series of consoles is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to emulate on a modern PC. However, this is not the case; the Xbox is fully capable of being emulated, just like any other system, but due to the lack of interest, there are little to no emulators for it.

In 2007, Microsoft published a software called Giano. It could emulate a few systems, and run Windows CE 6. It was capable of simulating an early stage of the Xbox 360 hardware. It could not run any games, but this was technically the first Xbox 360 emulator ever made.

In March 2014, a big surprise came when Ben Vanik, the author of the emulator, announced Xenia, an emulator which claimed to be capable of playing Xbox 360 games. A proof of concept video was released, showing the emulator playing a game called Frogger 2. The speeds were very slow, but it was the first ever emulator for the Xbox 360 that was capable of playing a commercial game. In 2015, an Xbox 360 game named A-Train HX was shown being emulated at full speeds, one year after Frogger 2, which showed the development of the emulator had sped up. In addition to speed increases, Vanik plans for the emulator to support playing other titles in the future.