RetroArch (Xbox)

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RetroArch is a mainstream multi-console and multi-platform emulator that can theoretically play homebrew Xbox games with DirectXbox Libretro core. RetroArch is a Libretro front-end with many available cores that allow users to play and emulate thousands of games from PlayStations, SNES, SEGA Genesis, and even PSP. 

Formerly known as SSNES, this emulator uses the DirectXbox Libretro core for playing Xbox Games. Unfortunately, as it is in its early development, this core can only use Cromwell BIOS that can only boot up images, and some homebrew Xbox games. However, some promising experimental work-in-progress Xbox cores are written from the ground up for Libretro.

Libretro Front-End Features

  • Cross-platform
  • Hundreds of available cores
  • Gamepad support
  • Savestate features
  • Desktop-style UI
  • Automatic setup and updater
  • Customizable resolution and HD support
  • Advanced graphical enhancements and shaders
  • Video streaming support
  • Fast-forward and rewind
  • Netplay support
  • Custom overlays

Although RetroArch's Xbox emulation is still highly experimental, this front-end emulator is still among the top go-to-emulator for serious and casual gamers alike. But if you want to play those mainstream triple-A Xbox games, we recommend getting other standalone Xbox emulators for the moment instead.

Testing Starwars: Knights of the Old Republic on RetroArchPlaying the homebrew game OpenTyrianX on RetroArchChecking Forza Motorsport on RetroArchRetroArch using Cromwell BIOS on the Xbox core

RetroArch Emulator download can be obtained free to play Xbox. Available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux and Android with fastest download speeds on This Xbox Emulator (also known as SSNES) is in English and can run games online in high quality. RetroArch is developed by Squarepusher, themaister and Libretro Team. If you like this Microsoft emulator then also see related emulators such as Xemu and Cxbx-Reloaded.

Download Links

RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 64-bit Installer newest WindowsFree2022-10-17191.07 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-17189.10 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 64-bit WindowsFree2022-10-17194.88 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 32-bit WindowsFree2022-10-17192.82 MB
RetroArch v1.11.1 Windows 64-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-04191.05 MB
RetroArch v1.11.1 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-04189.08 MB
RetroArch v1.11.0 Windows 64-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-09-30191.02 MB
RetroArch v1.11.0 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-09-30189.05 MB
Retroarch v1.12.0 Mac newest MacFree2022-10-17165.67 MB
Retroarch v1.12.0 Mac Metal2 MacFree2022-10-17196.43 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Linux 64-bit newest LinuxFree2022-10-17242.28 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Linux 32-bit LinuxFree2022-10-17242.32 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Android 64-bit newest AndroidFree2022-10-17174.29 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Android 32-bit AndroidFree2022-10-17174.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 iOS 64-bit newest iOSFree2022-10-17417.52 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 iOS 32-bit iOSFree2022-10-17347.92 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSP PSPFree2022-10-1719.31 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 WiiU WiiFree2022-10-17607.73 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Wii WiiFree2022-10-1747.87 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PS2 PS2Free2022-10-1741.57 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 3DS NDSFree2022-10-1743.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 XboxOne XboxFree2022-10-17379.09 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Switch SwitchFree2022-10-17231.08 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0-1 Haiku OtherFree2022-10-175.91 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSVita OtherFree2022-10-17403.15 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 RetroMini RS90 OtherFree2022-10-1732.70 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 RetroFW OtherFree2022-10-1734.70 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 OpenDingux OtherFree2022-10-1744.38 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Miyoo OtherFree2022-10-1743.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 GameCube OtherFree2022-10-1743.15 MB

Additional other files:

RetroArch v1.12.0 Source Windows SourceFree2022-10-1748.87 MBSource Code
RetroArch v1.12.0 Source Linux SourceFree2022-10-1743.47 MBSource Code
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSVita Data OtherFree2022-10-1750.15 MBData Files for PS Vita