xemu – Open-source and cross-platform original Xbox emulator

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xemu is a free, open-source, and cross-platform Xbox emulator made by Matt Borgerson, continuing much of the work done on XQEMU. It emulates the hardware of the original Xbox game console of Microsoft, allows users to play their Xbox games on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

xemu is an active fork of the XQEMU project, which is based on the very popular and highly actively maintained full-system emulator project – QEMU. Therefore, its essence is a low-level full-system emulation program that emulates the actual hardware of Microsoft Xbox.

As a continuation of the XQEMU project, xemu is focused on making significant forward progress in terms of features, performance, stability, ease of use, and user experience in Xbox emulation. It supports networking, can connect to other xemu instances or even to a real Xbox console locally or over the Internet. It employs SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer), so it supports almost all gamepads. Even better, it is able to connect up to 4 gamepads at any time, just like the real Xbox.

As of writing this post, xemu has been updated to version 0.5, which brings new improvements for both audio and graphic emulations. These improvements include Bug fixes, better BIOS compatibility, support for more games, and the addition of basic audio support. In addition, this version also supports snapshot function, so that players can save the current state of game and load it back at any time.

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Feature Description
Open Source The source code for xemu is publicly available. Users are invited to help improve the project!
Cross Platform xemu runs natively on Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. Pre-compiled binaries are available for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu.
System Link Networking is supported out of the box. Connect to other instances of xemu and even real Xboxes, locally or over the Internet.
Gamepad Support Built on SDL2, xemu supports virtually all gamepads. Connect up to 4 controllers at any time, just like a real Xbox.
Snapshots (Save States) No need to wait for checkpoints. xemu supports saving the current state and loading it back up at any time.
Surface Scaling Breathe new life into your old games by scaling up the resolution which the games render at.

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