Guide: Retrogaming through emulation (Part 2: Emulator software)

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5 Responses

  1. Toby says:

    I am researching a HTPC/emulation build at the moment. I have the hardware picked out and this guide is one of the best I have come across in many hours of surfing. Many Thanks

  2. Mikerochip says:

    Hi!
    This was a very impressive article!
    But, some of your choices are just strange.

    You have some glaring omissions in your guide, and some very outdated emulator choices.
    I’m not a fan of Retroarch personally, but it’s a great multi-emulator frontend/setup.
    Almost everyone agrees too, that the Mednafen PCEngine core is the best out there.
    And you didn’t mention puNES or nintendulator for the NES, easily the best emulators (best as in most accurate, most features)
    Similarly, the Mednafen PSX core is the most accurate/compatible around.
    You also left out FUSE for the spectrum emulator (which is free!), and again, the Mednafen core for the Atari Lynx is usually the most recommended (since it’s based on Handy, but developed further)

    What criteria did you use for selecting each emulator?

    Did you look at any of the accuracy guides anyone else wrote?
    eg.
    http://tasvideos.org/EmulatorResources/NESAccuracyTests.html

    I would recommend, too, the 5200 config in Altirra as the Atari 5200 emulator.
    Why no mention of Exodus for the Megadrive/Genesis?
    or Gambatte for the GB?
    or SSF for the Saturn.
    Or hAtari (or even SainT) for the Atari ST.
    or MESS.
    (I know you said you were ignoring it, but can I ask why? I’m curious)

    And! Are you considering updating it at all?

    • Nils says:

      Hi, first of all: The aim of my guide was to list the best emulators in terms of usability, not accuracy. I also checked the programs for additional features such as save game support, controller support, debugging tools etc. I have selected the ones with the most features and the best user interface.

      For your suggestions for various emulators: I really can’t tell you anything on this, because I have not tested them, or heard of them (partially).

      I ignored MESS because it’s a multi system emulator. That’s pretty much the only thing why. I know, many of the emulator cores are some of the best available for a certain system, but I simply wanted to offer a singular tool for each system. Maybe the wrong decision.

      Updating the guide is probably one of my tasks in the future, but at the moment I am using the real deal to play games, meaning the original consoles. The accuracy there is 100%, you know? :) So it will surely take some time before this get’s updated.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Mikerochip says:

        Thanks for the reply!

        You might look up the Emulation WIKI too, if you’re interested!
        http://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/Main_Page
        They mostly focus on which emulators are the best, in terms of accuracy, I suppose.

        (Oh, and, I know what you’re saying about 100% accuracy, with hardware and all, but, that’s not always true either! Have a bit of a read about the 1-Chip SNES, which in a very minor few games produces graphical glitches, and also the sound chips of the various Sega Megadrives/Genesis. The early models had a particular Yamaha sound chip, which was replaced in later Model 1 and all model 2 machines, and sounded a lot worse, which they eventually tried fixing with a different clipping/amp circuit) So! Hardware is indeed king! but, like most things.. Nothing’s perfect :)

        • Nils says:

          I know that Wiki. But again, I made my own research in terms of usability.

          And I know about the different revisions of each console and I always got the best ones. It’s not that I am a newbie in this field of interest. :) 1-CHIP-03 Super Famicom consoles have the best video output signal by the way.

          But thanks again for your comment, I am sure it will help others.

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