How can I play Xbox 360 games on my PC?

Amos Tanaveka September 4, 2011

Can I convert an XBOX 360 game to a PC game? Are there any programs that could help?

  1. venkatesh
    June 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    hi friends i want to download the xbox 360 emulator to use it in my computer can any one plz gie me the link

    • Coffee Monster
      June 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      dude, watch out for MAME & Xeon "supposed" emulators. They don't work. Plus, Macintosh already has an XBox 360 emulator, but they claim it's still in Beta stage. The afore mentioned processor of the XBox 360 (Power PC) IS a MacIntosh 128-bit processor. There is no PC that can rival that - Atleast not that I've seen.

      -Monstruo del Cafè

  2. Tiegan
    June 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I have the free windows 8 preview on my computer from and there is no x-box 360 emulator

  3. george
    June 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

    how i can play prototype 2 XBOX 360 in my computer

  4. george
    June 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    hello. how i can play PROTOTYPE 2 XBOX 360 IN MY PC ?

  5. Rodger Smith
    June 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Hello, When I had my tax return, I bought a $2,000 computer with a emiulotor(cant spell), I can play any game on max settings. :p

    (I just ied assholes XD)

  6. Pat
    May 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Idk about youAdrian but my PC can play crysis 2 max settings, and yes I got "AA on and all that jazz"

  7. rocky
    May 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    if these are the rumors then what is thes guys dowing on youtube

  8. alex
    May 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    an emulator may not be the answer but if you install the Xbox OS on a separate partition like you can do with Mac OS. Exspecialy seeing as mac and windows completely diferent .so you have the drawback of playing it within windows but on its one so that i could be played even on laptops .

  9. Davie
    May 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Guys, the XBox 360, although being a profit maker for Microsoft in many ways, is also a deal-breaker due to the number of faults it had in initial releases. The only reason it's picked up is due to the 'S' Type console that doesn't crash even a quarter as much as the original rig. Due to the overheating CPUs and GPUs, Microsoft had to pay a fortune to importing and exporting for customers outside the U.S. for doing repairs to E-73 and RROD errors for free, and if it failed to repair the console they'd simply need to replace the device. So for every console released out there, there would need to have a 2nd one in manufacture to replace it when it broke.
    Also, Microsoft wouldn't miss out in shares on the PC system due to the fact they have the XBox 360 controller for PC, they have PC accessories for sale out there, yes they're having to bear with the rest of the PC Accessory developers out there but it doesn't mean that there's not a lot of people out there happy with a MS Keyboard and mouse set.
    Also, run the numbers. If you buy an XBox 360 'S' Type for £160, okay it can run XBox 360 games for you and it can run them smoothly, and it's only £160, a lot cheaper than having a PC. But if you take away the console, okay you lose £160 but you can gain over £800 from the regular gamer as they will need to buy the components necessary to run the recommended specs. So if you take 160 from 800 you end up with 640 profit from console to PC.
    Basically what I'm saying is, if Microsoft swapped to the PC hardware and construction business as well, they'd make a helluvah lot of money. Okay, so the point is made, pop an emulator on the new version of Windows and they risk losing money on XBox 360 hardware, but for the loss they made initially, it'll be less of a kick in the teeth. Besides, if they take off with the 720 and the SAME problems reoccur, you do realise how badly Microsoft are gonna get it from the general public. The same mistake twice? Wouldn't go down too well.

    The whole point is that there are also some people out there who do not WANT XBox 360 consoles anymore. They can just be too unreliable. So why wouldn't Microsoft want to possibly export the NXE Dashboard as an application to the PC? The number of people that would pay £60 for the dashboard alone is unfathomable. And besides that, the general public do NOT pay attention to the finer details as much as they should. If the specs say "recommended" and "minimum" they'll run to the minimum more than the recommended as it's cheaper, meaning regardless they'll need to spend a lot more money. Microsoft wins.

  10. Jagjeetl55
    April 21, 2012 at 9:46 am


  11. Broadcavernsproductions
    April 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    if you havea good pc video card you can run and xbox game at its highest graphics and even higher gtraphics than xbox can run there skippy....refering to jeff

  12. Chrystal Summers
    April 14, 2012 at 8:43 am

    typically companies actually take a loss on selling the consoles so you will buy the games/products for them (the real revenue makers). If they can come up with some way that they still control the content as much as with a console but don't actually have to sell you a console then I think they would be all for it. Which is what its sort of looking like, if the rumors are true

    • James Bruce
      April 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Uhh, no. Microsoft doesnt make that much on each game sold, unless they publish them. They make money on the console, the associated hardware and the Xbox live subscriptions. Kinect, for example, is a big winner for them. They make a loss on consoles in the *initial* launch years only.

      Do you really think they would kill off the *hardware* business so that the millions of users with pirated copies of windows can play xbox games? No, no no.  

  13. zzz1234
    April 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

    So bad windows 8 or even windows 9 will never have a built in ps3 emulator.

  14. Michael Khmelkov
    April 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Well, having an xbox emulator come with windows 8 would increase profit from xbox live.

    • James Bruce
      April 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

      And kill it elsewhere. Great. 

  15. James Bruce
    March 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Those were rumors, don't state them as fact. And more lilley they refer to special Xbox Live arcade games, such as you can on the Windows Phone too. They will be some link between the 360 and windows 8, be it arcade games or user profile/ friends etc, but there is no way in hell that MS will let you stick an xbox360 game in your pc and play it. Can we drop this inane topic already?

  16. Will
    March 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm


  17. Killerman_f
    March 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    James Bruce you are really the gayest duesh iv ever seen

    • Corey
      April 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hes telling you whats up. and good try with that spelling

  18. Khalid_134562
    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    i wish i knew

  19. inferno
    February 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    as far as i know the Xbox 360 uses a triple core 3.2 GHz processor and a 500 MHz GPU. today's avarage gaming rig have processor like i5-7 and GPU like above 600. so it's not impossible for ms to make a real-time game translator aka emulator in win8 to run xbox360 game.  

  20. Anna mayfield
    February 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    i would like to play x-box 360 free online how do i do this

    • James Bruce
      February 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Xbox 360 games are played on an Xbox 360 games console. They aren't played online, so no you can't play them online for free. 

  21. Xenonman
    January 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    wow dude...

  22. loucoupe
    January 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm


  23. loucoupe
    January 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    how do you do it.

    • Tina
      January 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Do what?

  24. loucoupe
    January 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    i dont now

  25. loucoupe
    January 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    i dont now

  26. Aibek
    September 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hey Amos,

    Also check out the following article that we have published a while ago. It looks into another way to play Xbox games on PC.

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  27. Sketchartistisoddo
    September 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    the xbox 360 will prob turn on via switch where it emulates the screen to you over a wi fi connection. then with a controller it will send info back to the xbox and to other online players simultaneously. im sure your xbox must be on for this to run which in turn can not destroy their own system. the whole concept of online gaming comes from everyone sharing the same specs on the hardware playing the games.

    • alexander chevalier
      February 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      I don't really like it because well i want to sell my 360 and keep my games but from microsoft's standpoint that would be a very good idea

    • yeahhh
      March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      It makes sense, because Microsoft loses money on the xbox hardware, but makes money on the software and microsoft points and live subscriptions. If they do this, they are pulling a google. They make the software and let others take the hardware costs. Basically, they still sell the 360s to people who can't afford a gaming computer (which will be most casual gamers) and for the ones that get the free emulator in windows 8, they need a good computer to play it. So Microsoft doesn't take a loss from selling an xbox below cost. AND that gamer is still paying for the game disc and xbox live.

      It is a win win. But only if Microsoft can fight the power of Piracy, which means they will either support ACTA/SOPA, or tighten the reigns on windows 8 so it can detect pirated Microsoft products.

      • James Bruce
        March 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Wrong. Microsoft has made a profit on the Xbox 360 since 2006 when they reduced production costs by 40% to make it "zero loss". Since then, they have optimized and used scale of manufacturing to make a sizeable profit on all the devices sold. Kinect also. 

    • Ben-wa-balls
      April 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

       maybe console gaming is based around everyone sharing the same specs, but online gaming is much broader than consoles. There is also no reason why having different hardware would make a difference the game is still going to interface the using the same methods whether it has setup a or setup b.

      • James Bruce
        April 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        so youre saying using an xbox controller will be neccessary? because otherwise users on a mouse and keyboard have an advantage...

    • a1134boy
      May 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      that is correct. i have windows 8 beta and the emulator only works with an xbox 360.

  28. Joshua
    September 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Having an emulator on a PC would make Xbox 360's completely obsolete. From a customers standpoint, I'd think it'd be awesome, though from a ceo's standpoint, having an emulator would really kill off a lot of profit from the 360.

    • Mulder
      September 6, 2011 at 2:49 am

      Xbox has been a huge drain on Microsoft; they've lost more than $4 billion since it's introduction. That's hardly a reason to be so enthusiastic about their prospects. The only reason they continue it is due to their huge cash reserves, and the fact that it gains them market share in gaming. Long term, lack of profit will kill it.

      • James Bruce
        September 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

        Do you have an sources to back that up? I did some research and found that while it was a loss-maker from its launch to around 2008, in recent years it has been a significant revenue stream for microsoft.  (2008)

        • Mulder
          September 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

          Of course it's a revenue stream, but revenue doesn't equal profit. They've still lost over $4 billion since introducing it, and any profit they get now still hasn't made up for that. The article you linked to specifically cites increased revenue, not profit.

        • Guest
          January 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

           The pc world article says profit in the title, and goes on to say: "NIntendo is king, but Microsoft's gaming division still managed to post its first ever year-long profits this week"

        • Just Saying
          January 24, 2012 at 6:41 am

          I agree James.  I worked as a Microsoft Xbox CCP and after 2009, especially since the launch of the Kinect, Xbox has been a HUGE profit maker for Micorsoft.  The system itself is doing well, but when you include Xbox Live Gold memberships, buying Microsoft points to purchase items and games, it's doing very well.  Wished I had a "loss-maker" like this one!!

      • loucoupe
        January 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm


  29. Jeffery Fabish
    September 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

    You won't be able to viably run any sophisticated games. However, you will need an Xbox 360 emulator, a few popular ones are CXBox and Xeon

     There are rumors circulating that Windows 8 will include an Xbox 360 emulator, though. 

    • James Bruce
      September 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Holy moly! No way! Why would microsoft kill off their own console?!?! I believe Windows 8 will make use of the kinect for some cool gesture based computing, but an xbox 360 emulator is a bit far fetched, don't you think?!

    • Billytheballer
      February 1, 2012 at 7:30 am

      makes sense since you can use the controllers on the pc

      • James Bruce
        February 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

        It doesnt make sense at all. Why would microsoft kill off their baby? Having controllers work on the pc is for the purpose of selling more controllers, not making the xbox useless. 

        • Adrian
          February 3, 2012 at 4:37 am

          PC cost way more than an XBox a gaming one atleast and windows software cost about the same plus use of controller it would even out and allow hardware companies to earn some green. Good for the economy 

        • Adrian
          February 3, 2012 at 4:39 am

          150 nowadays for an xbox
          600 for a good enough gaming rigg
          800-1200 for an ideal one
          how does that hurt the xbox in any way.... you tell me

        • James Bruce
          February 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

          Microsoft dont sell PCs. So thats a 150 loss for microsoft. that hurts, as well as butchering the entire ecosystem they have on the xbox *platform*. 

        • alexander chevalier
          February 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

          420 for building a PC that can play crysis 2 at max settings

          Get your numbers right

          Monitors are cheaper than tv's.

        • Bbbbbb
          April 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

          None of the parts made for the computer are made by Microsoft other than the operating system.... Ergo the profit margin drops

        • Mr.Twisted
          April 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

          Wrong. A "PC" is way more advanced than any console is. Since evry1 has a computer just about, we'll consider you do...cost for a good one is ~$350-500 (I build them, yes that cheap). Cost for a console ~$200-350? So do you buy 1 of each?...or just buy a $100-200 ($60 for cheap one) graphics card for the PC and have it all in one, with graphics settings consoles could only dream of.... -_-

        • Adrian
          May 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

          dude you cant build a pc that can play battlefield 3 and crisis 2 on max its impossible and its not max with AA off all that jazz so get your numbers right. where do you get your parts its not newegg thats for sure

        • Adrian
          May 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

          Oh and I build them to

        • Kaidyn
          May 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          @Adrian: If it was impossible to play Crysis 2 on max settings with everything then they wouldn't have those settings. Clearly it is possible because they wouldn't have been able to release a game that is too resource-intensive for today's computers to run. They make the game so that it can, in fact, be played by the average Joe and that if you spend a little more money, you can have it be pretty too. There's my piece.

        • Robert
          June 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

          @Adrian Wut? U mad? I spent £400 on a decent gaming rigg. runs everything amazingly well... and its been worked out that it is around 4 times better spec than xbox. I play call of duty Mod war 3, assassins creed revalations and many more on full graphics...

          PS. My parts were all brand-new, save the hard-disk

        • zombieghandi
          February 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

          the 720 is coming out the same time as windows 8, which will eliminate the need to make the 760 a backwards compatible console

        • LightInDark
          April 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          No the 720 is coming out in 2014 and Windows 8 in fall this year, how the hell did you think it was the same time?

      • ALLEN
        June 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        dont i know im pretty sure your on the playstation network and live 2 hours from nova scotia....ahahah ...

    • Caninebite123
      April 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      I dose not at the moment but dose have xbox companion ive got the beta

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