Ben Vanik is developing a PC emulator for Xbox 360 games, and while this kind of thing has been considered by most not possible until sometime in the foreseeable future, it’s definitely looking pretty solid.
The emulator, called simply Xenia, is seen running the classic Xbox Live Arcade game Frogger 2, which saw a release on the platform back in 2008. In case the game seems like it’s running slow (it takes until around the 6 minute mark to finally load), this is because the emulator is running through a debug interpreter. As development is further refined, the emulator will run at normal speeds.
Unfortunately, whenever the emulator is running at decent speeds, Vanik is definitely not releasing it as a public property. Vanik said:
“The goal of this project is to experiment, research, and educate on the topic of emulation of modern devices and operating systems. It is not for enabling illegal activity. All information is obtained via reverse engineering of legally purchased devices and games and information made public on the Internet.”
The emulation of consoles on PC has proceeded to include both the Playstation 2 and the Wii, but the original Xbox has been very difficult to achieve. Playstation 3 development on the other hand, has been exceedingly difficult as well.