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An open-source, cross-platform emulator for the original Xbox.


XQEMU is an open-source, cross-platform, low- level system emulator for the original Xbox and Sega Chihiro, built on the excellent QEMU project.


This project is still early in development. At this point, the intended user is a developer who is capable of acquiring the necessary ROM images, and compiling the project from sources.

Project Status

Audio does not work, and graphics are slow and buggy, but progress is being made! Please visit the issues page on GitHub for the current open and active tasks.

Get Involved

If you are interested in helping to create a functional, accurate, and performant Xbox emulator, you are most welcome to contribute! There are opportunities for people of all skill levels to contribute. The project is hosted on GitHub.

Keep up with the latest developments by chatting with us about development topics on #xqemu on, or on the IRC-bridged Discord server.

Screenshots / Videos


These screenshots represent the absolute best of what can currently be made to run and is not representative of most titles.

Halo: Combat Evolved



Note: Debug Build, Accelerated 4x

Multiplayer: Blood Gulch, Battle Creek

Note: Debug Build, Realtime, June 20th

Multiplayer: Hang Em High

Note: Debug Build, Realtime

Jet Set Radio Future

Sneak King


Barbie Horse Adventures