.XEX File Extension

Xbox 360 Executable File

Developer Microsoft
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What is a XEX 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.

More Information

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.

Common XEX Filenames

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

How to open a XEX file

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.

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Programs that open XEX files

Run on an Xbox 360

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