Retro Gaming on the Original XBOX

Retro gaming on Original XBOX is the best choice.


My choice of emulation tool is a self-modded original (some call it ‘classic’ now) Microsoft XBox. I have been asked on numerous occasions about how to mod an XBox and what a modded XBox is, so in this series of posts I will show you the capabilities of my 2 units and show you how to go about getting your own. 


I chose to use this particular hardware after stumbling across websites run by enthusiasts and finding just how big the XBox mod scene still is and what a capable machine they are for emulation purposes. Almost every emulator ever made has been ported to XBox and in most instances has been enhanced still further by enthusiasts with the addition of video sets and artwork. Many of you will have already heard of or use XBMC on other hardware (Apple TV etc.), well it all started on the humble XBox hence it’s name (XBox Media Center). Of course you can use an XBox as a great networked Media Centre and it does many more things besides but as this is RGC I will concentrate on the subject of retro computer and console emulation.


A modded XBox also has the following advantages:


  1. Region free games and DVD
  2. Ability to run in HD (720p and even 1080p)
  3. You can upgrade your HDD to something larger
  4. Once the HDD is upgraded they make decent Network Media Centres (XBMC)
  5. You can save your DVD movies and games to your HDD and play from there (faster loading times)
  6. Ability to use a mouse and keyboard (great for all those point and click adventure titles)
  7. Fully networkable over LAN with any other devices you have
  8. Massive development scene resulting in hundreds of ported emulators and utilities
  9. Good alternative to a PC in a home arcade cabinet setup