Valve's Steam Deck showcases impressive Xbox 360 Emulation performance with Xenia

Burnout, Fable 2, Forza Horizon 2, and Perfect Dark Zero on Steam Deck

Valve's Steam Deck showcases impressive Xbox 360 Emulation performance with Xenia

Valve's Steam Deck is an emulation powerhouse

Valve's Steam Deck has already gained a reputation for being an emulation powerhouse, a portable gaming platform that is affordable and capable of emulating many gaming systems, even relatively modern systems like Microsoft's Xbox 360. 

Using the latest Canary build of Xenia and an install of Windows, Modern Vintage Gamer, a popular gaming YouTuber, utilised Valve's Steam Deck to play Xbox 360 games on the system, getting many to run with playable framerates. Even more impressive is the fact that Valve's Steam Deck appeared to be able to play Red Dead Redemption at 60 FPS.

Burnout, Fable 2, Forza Horizon 2, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD, Red Dead Redemption, and Condemned: Criminal Origins were all showcased playing on Valve's Steam Deck by Modern Vintage Gamer. He reported that the latest Canary builds of Xenia could deliver "massive" performance uplifts of between "50-90%" when the emulator is used to run Xbox 360 games. This is a big deal for anyone who wants to emulate Xbox games, but this is especially true for those using more performance limited gaming hardware.

Valve's Steam Deck system is a highly capable gaming handheld, offering users four Zen 2 CPU cores, an RDNA 2 graphics component, and 16GB of combined memory. These specifications give Valve's Steam Deck the same hardware backbone as Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S consoles and Sony's PlayStation 5, albeit in a more limited form. Remember, Valve's Steam Deck is a low power portable gaming device, not a competitor to high wattage current-generation consoles. 

Modern Vintage Gamer sums up his Steam Deck Xenia experience as "just amazing to see", and plans to cover future improvements to Xenia and other emulators in the future. 

You can join the discussion on the Steam Deck's strong Xbox 360 emulation performance on the OC3D Forums.

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