.XEX File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .XEX extension:

Xbox 360 Executable File

Xbox 360 Executable File

A XEX file is a video game or other application developed for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. It is designed to run on an Xbox 360 and is not meant to be opened on a PC.

Unlike the original Xbox, there is currently no emulator that consistently opens Xbox 360 games. The xenia emulator (linked below) allows gamers to play a small number of Xbox 360 games on their PC, but still cannot emulate most games.

NOTE: Original Xbox games used the .XBE extension.

default.xex - The executable file that makes the Xbox 360 backwards-compatible with original Xbox games.

XEX files are meant to be opened and run on an Xbox 360. To run a XEX file on your Xbox 360, place the file in your 360's HDD:\Games directory or wherever you store games.

Gamers who wish to decompress, decrypt, and examine their XEX files' binary data can use XexTool, a Windows command-line utility, to do so. Decompressing and decrypting a XEX file will allow you to view and edit the file's data in a hex editor. Editing a XEX file's data may cause the file to no longer function, so most gamers should not edit their XEX files.

Software's name License Platforms
Run on an Xbox 360 Run on an Xbox 360 Windows
xenia xenia Free Windows
XexTool XexTool Free Windows

Updated: January 23, 2021

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