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System Requirements

Meeting recommended specifications won't guarantee perfect performance.



  • OS: Windows 7+ x64 (Linux/macOS not natively supported)
    • Windows <10 support is limited. Don't expect anything to work.
    • Runs on Linux with Wine using Vulkan.
  • CPU: 64-bit x86 processor with AVX(2) support
    • You can check with CPU-Z
  • GPU: Direct3D 12-compatible or Vulkan-compatible GPU from this list
    • You can check with GPU-Z
    • Direct3D 12 will only work on Windows 10 due to D3D12on7 and vkd3d not being supported.
    • GPUs without ROV (rasterizer-ordered view) / fragment shader interlock support will perform worse and possibly have more graphical issues. Integrated GPUs will also generally provide frame rates too low for comfortable playing.
      • AMD GPUs also fall under this due to Xenia triggering driver bugs causing crashes.
  • RAM: 4GB
  • 2017/2019 x64 Visual C++ Redistributable

Xenia doesn't require any Xbox 360 system files.

Xenia will check for the minimum supported CPU and GPU on startup and error out if one is not detected. Make sure that you have the latest drivers installed. You cannot just remove the checks in the code and assume things will work.

There are no magical workarounds to make Xenia work on your potato computer.

OpenGL and Direct3D11 or lower are not, and never will be supported.

Windows Update tends to lag behind, so download GPU drivers from your manufacturer:

Where do I download Xenia?

Xenia is sometimes detected as a virus. Ignore this, as it is a false positive.

Xenia Canary is a fork of Xenia with changes not present in master.

For more information: What is the difference between Xenia Canary and Xenia master?

How to rip games


Stock console method


  • Xbox 360 console
  • USB storage device that's at least 16GB. You might encounter problems with smaller devices.
  • Velocity

If you're wanting to rip games from disc:

  • Xbox 360 game disc
  • Xbox 360 that can read discs


Before beginning, you need to check if the USB is formatted:

  1. Go to Settings > System > Storage
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Settings > System: Storage:

2. If you see an Unformatted storage device, select it.
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  • If it's already formatted, skip this section.
  1. Press A to format
  2. Select Yes
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Press A to format: Select Yes:

  • Note: This will erase everything from the drive. Make sure to move the files off of it first!
  1. Once done, return to home by pressing B twice.

Section 1. Ripping discs

If your game isn't a disc (XBLA, digital, etc.) skip to Section 2.

You'll want to change these options to stop game(s) from automatically starting:

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Settings > System: Console Settings: Auto-Play: Disable:

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Settings > System: Console Settings: Startup and Shutdown: Startup: Xbox Dashboard:

  1. Go to home on the dashboard
  2. Insert the disc into the drive, and close the tray.
  3. Once the game shows up press X (Game Details) with the game selected.
  4. Press the Install button.
    • If you see Delete instead, skip to Section 2.
      • Note: Not all games have the Install option. List of currently known uninstallable games:
        • College Hoops 2k7
        • Minecraft
        • Pocket Bike Racers
        • Sneak King
        • Crackdown (Can be installed with latest title update)
        • Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
  5. Select the storage device you want to install the game on.
  6. Once it's 100% Completed press A to continue, and press B to go back to home.

Section 2. Transferring HDD games

If you ripped the game(s) directly to the USB drive, or they're already on the USB drive, you can skip this section.

  1. Go to Settings > System > Storage > Hard Drive > Press Y (Device Options) > Transfer Content > USB Storage Device
  2. Choose what you want to transfer. Keep in mind full games and trials/demos are in separate categories.
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Settings > System: Storage: Hard Drive: Press Y (Device Options): Transfer Content: USB Storage Device:

5. Press right, then Start.
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Once it's done you can take the USB out of the console.

Section 3. Importing games for use in Xenia

  1. Insert the USB drive into your PC. Go to Content.
  2. Go into 00000#. There will be folders with names consisting of lots of letters and numbers. You should find the game's folder within one of them.
  3. The game will have a name with a bunch of letters and numbers just like the folders, and no file extension.
    • XBLA games will be one file, GOD (disc) games will contain a file, along with a *.data folder with the same name.
    • ContentCache.pkg is irrelevant. Ignore it.
  4. To confirm that it is indeed a game try opening the file in Xenia.
  5. Once you've made sure the file works in Xenia you can rename, or move the folder the game is in for convenience.
      • (Optional) If the game crashes you can try extracting the game using Velocity.
      • If the game is extracted you will need to drag default.xex onto Xenia.
      • Some games have multiple .xex files, so if you can't find default.xex or it just doesn't work, try another one.

Section 4. Activating games

By default Xenia runs ALL XBLA/digital games in demo/trial mode.

To run games in full/activated mode you need to change this option.

Redump method (rare/specific drives)

For these DVD drives:

  • SH-D163A / TS-H353A
  • SH-D163B / TS-H353B
  • SH-162C / TS-H352C / SD-M2012C(?)
  • SH-D162D / TS-H352D


How to install DLCs

  1. Identify what the Game Title ID is. This can be identified by running the game in Xenia.
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  1. Locate your DLC Content folder from your removable storage.
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  1. Download Velocity from here.

  2. Open the Packages with Velocity.

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  1. Extract the content packages
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to Documents\Xenia\TitleID\00000002 and their corresponding folder names.
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