How to Play Xbox Games on Your Computer

by Hollan JohnsonUpdated September 22, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Intel 3 PC with 700 MHz processor

  • At least 256 MB of RAM

  • An NVIDIA GeForce 3/Ti or ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card

  • Windows XP

  • An Xbox emulator

  • Turok Evolution or the Halo (NTSC version only)

  • Xbox game demos

The Xbox is made by Microsoft, right? So, it seems that a PC, running on a Microsoft operating system, might be able to play Xbox games, right? Well, yes. Sort of. The only way a computer is ever capable of playing a console game is by running software known as an emulator. The Xbox emulation scene is new, only about five years old.

Download an Xbox emulator. Only two are available at the moment: Xeon and Cxbc. Both are available online.

Open the downloaded file. It is a .zip file and may open immediately depending on your computer preferences.

Open the emulator.

Put the game disk into your hard drive, "Halo" or "Turok Evolution," depending on the emulator.

Load the game file on the emulator. Go to File and scroll down to Load.

Play the game. There will be some glitches, as these emulators are far from perfect.


Both Cxbx and Xeon only play commercial games and demos. They do not play game roms. You must have the actual game disk for them to work. Xeon only plays the Halo NTSC version, and Cxbx only plays Turok Evolution and Xbox demos.

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