how long until 360 emulated properly?

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Jan 3, 2012
  1. Zalda
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    okay so i'll probably get disappointed but if you see the state the ps2 emulation currently is in, it gives me hope. ps2 was released in 2000, and pcsx2 started shortly after that, and about 6 years later, it was possible to run just about all games (ff x for example) at 60FPS on a decent pc. now after 10 years (aprox.) in development any game can be emulated, perfectly, faster than 60fps, upscaled, whatever :)

    so the 360 is now over 6 years old, how long until it gets emulated properly? i haven't heard of any 360 emulators, so that isn't promising..... by this time in the ps2 emulation (and probably NGC too), some games could be emulated perfectly already.

    so how long before i can give RDR a try :yay360:
     


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    Unless the computer is using the same hardware as a 360, you will need a computer much more powerful than a 360, but they aren't as common as they will be in a few years so there won't be too much people to use the 360 emulator.
    Anyway I think that with Windows 8 Microsoft is allowing computers to use Xbox Live and perhaps play Xbox 360 games (or NextBox games, I have a crazy feeling though that the NextBox is going to be a computer running a special Windows 8 OS with the games designed to be optimized to it's hardware, if that's the case I may skip getting the Wii U and a gaming PC and just go for the NextBox, It will be an amazing and smart move, since Microsoft is mostly computer people, it will be logical to do so)
     
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    360 emulation won't happen any time soon.

    The 360 CPU is a 3.6 Ghz tricore PowerPC CPU that needs to be emulated.
    That won't ever work on a simple hexa/octa core CPU.

    Besides it's way cheaper to buy a 360 then a beast computer that is capable of emulating a 360 somewhere in 2020.
     
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    The moment we will have PC's that have roughly 3x more processing power then the XBox 360, same goes for GPU's. That should about cover the losses on architecture emulation and OS resources.

    Just to explain what I mean in more detail...

    CPU-wise, it's 6 Operations Per Cycle x 2 Hardware Threads x 3 Physical Processors x 3.2GHz clock rate = 115.2 GFLOPs for the XBox360. Go on ahead and check how high the i7 ranks, you might be unpleasantly suprised.

    Consoles are specifically designed for the purpose of gaming - computers are not. It will take about 10 years to properly emulate the 360. In fact, we don't even have a good XBox emulator to begin with.
     
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    lets hope so, if windows 8 leans closer to the architecture of the nextbox, than it'll be a real emulating party :evil:
    2020 seems overreacted, 2016 seems more like it, surely the hardware pc world will keep evolving?
    just googled and the highest FLOPS any cpu got according to wiki:
    surely i must be forgetting something, else this is a pleasant surprise!
     
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    Six-core processors coupled with Tesla cards are out of reach for an everyday user, you do realize that? Of course it's an unwritten rule, but you'd have to reach three times the calculation power of the XBox 360 to emulate it, that's a whooping 115.2 GFLOP's on the processor only, and then there's emulating the graphics chip... altogether little over 1TFLOP, correct me if I'm wrong That, and you have to think of the MIPS too.

    As far as "revolutions in the computer scene", don't expect any of large magnitude anytime soon - we pretty much reached the point where we can't make the silicone any faster, hence we're just adding more and more cores until an alternative is found.
     
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    The 360 is a computer.
     
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    So is the PS3 and the Wii because it can run Linux..
    but that doesn't mean it's a PC.

    The original xbox indeed was very much a PC.
    It had a modified x86 Pentium 3 CPU and a Geforce 4 GPU chip iirc.

    "The Xbox is based on commodity PC hardware and is much larger and heavier than its contemporaries. This is largely due to a bulky tray-loading DVD-ROM drive and the standard-size 3.5 inch hard drive."

    Source is: Wikipedia
     
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    I never said it was a computer because it can run Linux.
     
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    oh right, that makes sense..... so in 5 years, even the best CPU's on the market won't be able to emulate the 360?

    what if the Nextbox is hacked and can run emulation, surely it's possible then? that's made to run games alone (nothing else) and maybe it even has backwards compat. surely that's possible?
     
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    If the Netbox is already backwards compatible, it could probably run 360 games when hacked. Otherwise no probably not.

    Y'know what's simpler than waiting 10+ years for something to emulate the 360?
    Buying one, they're dirt cheap.
     
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    Then why is the 360 a computer in your opinion?
     
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    i know that's simpler but it just makes no sense at all to buy one now, it's at the end of it's life.... besides i'm scared of all the problems the consoles have (just dies after 3 years, RROD, hacking = Xblive ban, ....)
    i saw some secondhand consoles go for about 100 euros, sounds good but another thing with me buying a 360 now would give me an even bigger form of piracy syndrome :P there are probably 50 titles out there i really really should play and would enjoy (excluded all the multiplatform/online shooters like CoD and Halo), and i'm NEVER going to find time to play them all, NEVER.

    + i need to buy a tv then, + get wifi running here
     
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    Why would it make no sense to buy a console with dozens of good games, all patched up to not have bugs, all of the games are cheap, the console itself is dirt cheap.
    Theoretically this is the BEST time to get it. RROD is gone unless you abuse your 360. I've had my launch 360 Elite since...well, it launched. The Elites killed RRoD, and now every 360 is essentially RRoD free.

    As for your other things, wat. You wanted to emulate it but wouldn't have time to even play it?
    Sense no make.
     
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    Thats not entirely true since the first Elites had Zephyr boards.

    The Falcon 360's already removed most of the RRoD problems, they still RRoD but if you take good care of it it will last FAR longer then the Xenon and Zephyr.
    The Jasper boards (2009) have put an hold to RRoD, Kronos boards (last 360 Phat revision released) don't even heat up, at least mine doesn't (GPU and CPU heatsinks are comfy to touch)
    Trinity/Velje revisions are the first slims which is RRoD free.
    Corona is the newest revision.

    Xenon has a 90nm GPU and a 90nm CPU with a aluminum GPU heatsink and a heatpipe based CPU heatsink.
    Zephyr has a 80nm GPU and a 90nm CPU with a heatpipe based GPU heatsink and a heatpipe based CPU heatsink.
    Falcon has a 80nm GPU and 65nm CPU with a heatpipe based GPU heatsink and a aluminum CPU heatsink.
    Opus is identical to the Falcon but with a 90nm GPU. (rare console without HDMI)
    Jasper has a 65nm GPU and a 65nm CPU with the same heatsinks as the Falcon.
    Kronos is the same as the Jasper but with a new GPU (65nm) wich paved the way for a Xenon styled GPU heatsink.
    Trinity/Velje has a 45nm CPU and GPU combined in one chip wich sits under a single big blocked aluminum heatsink with a fan blowing directly onto it.
    Corona is the same as the Trinity/Velje but it has the HANA chip removed (wich caused E74 errors) wich also removed the RGH.

    To sum this all up:
    Xenon (2005-2007) = RRoD machine
    Zephyr (2007-2007) = RRoD machine
    Falcon (~2008-2009) = non RRoD machine IF taken care of.
    Opus (2008) = Same as the Falcon but are rare and only available from MS due to RRoD repairs.
    Jasper (2009-2010) = non RRoD machine
    Kronos (late 2009 -2010) = non RRoD machine
    Trinity/Velje (2010-2011) = non RRoD machine
    Corona (2011-201x) = non RRoD machine.

    It's safe to say that you could own a 360 for years and years provided that you keep it in a well vented area and regularly clean it from dust bunnies.
     
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    I am probably supposed to laugh here but if the PCI expansion stuff takes off (you can buy a cell chip in a PCI card form to stick on any old PC although it costs a pretty penny) and/or some of the dynamic recompilation/decompilation stuff takes off (I am not sure what languages are used but a nice C# and DRM locked (see things like dashlaunch adding a portion of unhashed memory) not to mention some people getting somewhere with C++ decompilation and C decompilation has been looking good for a while) along with a few more engine source releases (more than a few games use modded source, unreal, quake/doom/ID and suchlike engines) and/or extensive modding kits for the same we might see some way of playing a game- see some of the projects to punch the doom engine into shape for running games that did not have source releases but owed a passing nod to such games. If however you want something like the 8,16 and 32bit era consoles (consider we are still exploring ultra accurate emulators there) the that would elicit the *laughs* response.
     
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    i wanted to emulate them because then i would spend 0 euros on this, 0. So even if i couldn't play 20% of the titles i would want to, it wouldn't matter because i spent nothing on this platform, hence i wouldn't lose any money. then I wouldn't feel so bad that i couldn't play them.
    if I would buy it for around 100 euros, then i would have to go through the hassle of cracking it, downloading thegames, setting up wifi, setting up xb live, pay for xbox live, AND BUY A TV, which would easily set me back 350 euros in total.
    thanks! i haven't followed the scene at all, didn't know they had that much motherboards in circulation!
    okay, so after reading your message 5 times trying to get some sense out of it, it is possible to emulate the 360 on an excellent PC in some time, IF a new PCI technology is developed?
    you try to help but I'm very sorry, i don't understand anything what you are saying :P
     
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    You can search for hours on the internet but you won't find a 360 emulator.

    It's just better to buy a preflashed console,
    You don't have to pay for XBLive since its a free service and ONLY online multiplayer is paid.
    Plus you can get VGA cables to hook it up to your monitor.
     
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    If you want to play over the internet you'll need a Gold membership indeed.
    It doesn't cost 20 bucks since MS also has dscounts on memberships very often.

    Co-op and Syslink are free.
    DLC download is free (only costs MSpoints)

    Hmm, then the only real cost would be the TV indeed.
     
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    i know that, gbatemp helped me with that info, i know there is no working 360 emulator atm.

    oh, so only if i want to play RDR co-op/download DLC/play multiplayer i would have to pay for xbox live? tnx, didn't know that. still it's an added costs though, another 20 euros for 3 months or so, that's a lot for a service i'll probably won't use enough.

    i don't have a monitor, just a laptop atm. it would be a 32 inch TV that i'll need
     

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