RetroArch is consistently busy, and we’re talking year round. This week they definitely announced something that I would deem one of their biggest announcements in 2017; the return of RetroArch for XBOX Original and XBOX 360! Let’s talk about it.


It was just a few days ago that libretro’s twitter churned out the best tweet of all time for Microsoft fans.

Xenia is an open source research project for emulating Xbox 360 games on modern PCs. Code and content are covered under a BSD license. We build this for fun. WARNING: Anyone asking about or sharing information related to illegal activities will be banned from Discord/GitHub/etc. Retroarch isn't supporting Xbox OG and Xbox 360 in terms of emulation. They're looking to bring Retroarch back to the two consoles. So, no, no Xbox or 360 emulation. The Vita can't run it. Anyone saying that wasn't a stupid question is being a bit TOO nice. Download RetroArch for free. RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players. RetroArch is a way to run classic games on a wide assortment of Operating Systems and Consoles. Support the Developers on their Patron! RetroArch 360, a multi-system emulator/game system for Xbox 360, has been released and is now available for homebrew 360's. Included in the RetroArch 360 package are the following emulators/game engines: SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo). Follow the ways to download and run this RetroArch emulator-Download the RetroArch program and run the RetroArch.exe program as admin Then open the RetroArch emulator and start downloading the Xbox 360 preferred games on your Windows PC.

RetroArch Xbox OG/Xbox 360 ports are coming back!

— libretro (@libretro) September 14, 2017

I literally gasped out loud as this was my project over the last week. Finding useful emulators for the pretty powerful XBOX 360. While they exist, most have lost support over the years and others are designed for the original XBOX and are supposed to run on RGH/JTagged systems but simply show the menu and don’t let you search your drive for the roms, leaving you with a blank screen. With RetroArch making a return, they’ll be able to use the knowledge that they’ve accrued to build an emulator and optimize cores as necessary to get the most out of the hardware. I was looking to my XBOX 360 to be an emulation machine as it just has more power than my Raspberry Pi and it’s already sitting in my living room anyhow.

The same goes for the Original XBOX. This bad boy, if it’s still in your home, is there for one reason. Because it is a solid machine that is great for gaming. If it is already modded, you most likely have XBMC or some other variant. RetroArch on an Original XBOX will most likely again, add more value to the already aged system, but will also be optimized for the hardware. libretro does not simply make the software and then leave it be. They work to make the most out of it and give the end user an experience that they will enjoy. I would love to see a Gamecube emulator running full speed on the Original XBOX since they were direct competitors here in the US.

Other than the tweet, we have not much else to go by yet. They haven’t written about it in their blog or in their news section on their site. Once we have more information on the project, you can bet that we’ll have that information for you.

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RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players.

It enables you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its slick graphical interface. Settings are also unified so configuration is done once and for all.

In addition to this, you will soon be able to run original game discs (CDs) from RetroArch.

RetroArch has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, runahead, and more!

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sudo zypper in retroarch

By default, the most popular emulation and game engine cores are installed. You can play Arcade, DOS, NES, SNES, N64, 3DS, GameCube, MD, PSP, PS1 games immediately. However, if you have ROM of other game consoles, you can install additional cores. Please read Cores section below.


You can search 'libretro-' keywords in YaST Software Management or Zypper to find all core package.

Retroarch Roms Download

Most cores are emulation cores. They enable RetroArch to play retro games of almost all arcades and consoles made before 2000. For more recent game consoles, like XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, you have to use standalone emulators.

Here are different cores for the same game console. For example, SNES has many cores: libretro-bsnes, libretro-higan, libretro-beetle-snes, libretro-bsnes2014, libretro-bsnes-mercury. Only one package, libretro-bsnes, is installed by default because it is the best in compatibility, accuracy and performance.

Here are other cores which themselves are games or script game engines:

  • libretro-2048 is a 2048 clone that support gamepad
  • libretro-craft is a tiny Mincraft clone
  • libretro-chailove is 2D game engine of ChaiScript


Please go to the internet to look for ROMs. We don't recommend piracy. Internet Archive is the best place to find them.

Console Games

Console game ROMs are in common binary format. The same ROM can be used for all cores and standalone emulators.

No-Intro ROM Sets contain most console games from 1970s to early 2000s.

Xbox 360 Emulator Retroarch

Arcade Games

MAME is the most popular arcade game emulator core. Here are different versions of MAME emulators and its romsets which are not fully compatible with each other.

Here are basically two types of romsets:

  1. Merged. If several roms share same files, these files are merged into a separate rom. In the end, you need to download two or more roms to run a game. It is recommended to download the whole romset instead of picking only individual roms, because it is hard to know which rom your game depends on.
  2. Non-merged. All required files are in a single rom tarball. Good for picking of a few games. The overall size of entire non-merged romset is bigger than merged romset.

In openSUSE official repository, we only shipped the latest version (0.219) of MAME:

  • libretro-mame, merged romset

In Packman repository, you can install early versions of mame and use their romsets, which are smaller and faster:

  • libretro-mame2000, non-merged romset
  • libretro-mame2003, non-merged romset
  • libretro-mame2003-plus, non-merged romset

Early MAME versions support less games and the emulation is not very accurate.

Scan ROMs

RetroArch can scan directory and automatically add ROMs to playlists by consoles. The detection is based on a database of checksum.

Open Source ROMs

Xbox 360 Emulator Core Retroarch

In 'Online Updater' → 'Content Downloader', you can download some open source ROMs.

After download, go back to start screen, click 'Load Content' → 'Download Folder' and choose the file you downloaded.




Reset configuration

RetroArch is fully configurable. Sometimes, your configuration is broken. You can remove the configuration file:


or remove the entire config folder (you will lose all data of RetroArch!):


Chinese/Korean language support

Install Emulators On Xbox One

Language support of Chinese and Korean is very buggy. You might see a lot of tofu or question marks in the UI. This is because the default font configuration is broken.

The solution is simple: choose another font. Go to Settings > User Interface > Menu > Menu Fonts. Then you enter the file system interface to choose the location of your preferred font. Not all fonts are supported. For example, the default Noto CJK fonts are not listed. DroidSans Fallback is well supported without any issues:

Reset playlist

If you moved or deleted ROM files, you need to re-scan them. However, this won't remove the old entries in the playlist. You will find duplicated titles.

The solution is to delete the playlist file. You can find all playlist files in:

Delete the *.lpl file to reset.

Getting started

Xbox 360 Emulator Retroarch

Support database

  • SDB article 1
  • SDB article 2
  • SDB article 3

See also

Xbox 360 Emulator Retroarch

External links

Retroarch Xbox Original

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