It’s been a while since we last posted about this fantastic Wii U emulator for which the latest version is currently only available to patreon supporters, but it’s nice to know that it’s coming along quite well. Unlike most emulators these days Cemu is a closed source project and the team has been maintaining it quite well since it’s release.
What is cemu?
Cemu is a Wii U emulator used for emulating Wii U applications and games on your PC. Although their site mentions Cemu as an ‘highly experimental software’ many videos on YouTube have stated otherwise. The current system requirements include a PC with Windows 7 (64 bit) or above with OpenGL 4.1 or 4.5 and RAM of 4 GB minimum, although 8 GB or more would be highly recommended.
The latest release includes the following changes:
- general: Added memory scanner (search and filter for values)
- general: If Cemu is maximized to full screen, it will remain on the same monitor rather than defaulting to the primary monitor
- RPL: Optimized loading of RPLs
- GX2: Cemu now uses separable shaders Vertex, geometry and pixel shaders are split into separate and independent programs rather than bundling them into sets This change breaks compatibility with pre-1.8.0 shader caches and graphic packs (if they contain shaders)
- GX2: Added support for using the same texture multiple times with different sampler parameters during a single drawcall
- GX2: Graphic pack texture rules will automatically scale gl_FragCoord
- GX2: Implemented shader instructions RECIPSQRT_FF and RECIP_FF
- GX2: GPU7 shader decompiler will output slightly more optimized GLSL code
- GX2: Better detection for invalidation of data in Streamout cache
- GX2: Optimized frequently used GX2 API
- GX2: Optimized texture decoding
- GX2: Added command line option ‘-nsight’ to allow debugging via NVIDIA Nsight
Many users have reported an increase in frame-rates and less glitches. Have a look at the video below showcasing Cemu’s latest release.
Download Cemu 1.8.0
It’a amazing to see how nicely this emulator has been coming along. Compared to some emulators which have been in development for many years, cemu has done quite a lot in their short time. I’d definitely advise you to go and become a patron at their page. This emulator only gets better and better with each release.