PicoDrive 0.92 released for the 3DS – Sega CD emulation and many improvements!
Last week, a standalone version of PicoDrive was released for the 2/3DS which guaranteed much better performance on the older models of the consoles than the RetroArch core. Now, thanks to developer bubble2k16, it’s got yet another update to make it even better!
What is PicoDrive and what’s special about this 3DS port?
PicoDrive is an open-source and multi-platform Genesis/SMS/32x and Sega CD emulator that is available on various platforms, such as the PSP and OpenPandora. Its developer is ‘notaz’ but many developers have worked hard at porting it and making it more optimised for the console of their choice.
The main reason why it is a popular emulator on lower-end devices is because it focuses on performance rather than on accuracy so you can enjoy your favourite Genesis games at the proper speed without a high frameskip!
This standalone 3DS port is different from the RetroArch core because it uses a series of extra optimisations that offload most the audio workload to the 2nd core of the 2/3DS. Without these optimisation, the old 2/3DS wouldn’t get a full 60FPS in games and they’d lag like they do in the RetroArch core.
What got updated in PicoDrive 0.92 for the 3DS?
PicoDrive 0.92 for the Nintendo 3DS brings about the following:
- Support for Sega CD games – that means you can play Sonic CD (one of the few good Sega CD games) at a decent speed on your old 2/3DS!
- Many optimisations, both in the Genesis and Sega CD departments (CD games may still drop some frames on the old 3DS but you’ll at least get smooth audio).
- Many bugs were fixed
- Options to force 60, 50 or default FPS were added
- Lag was reduced in music and sound playback
- Much more
To get this updated version of the emulator, simply follow the link below and install the version you wish for your device (Homebrew launcher or CIA version) from the ZIP file. If you have any issues, report them in the issues tab of the GitHub link below:
GitHub release page (full changelog + download link + place where you can report bugs): https://github.com/bubble2k16/picodrive_3ds/releases/tag/v0.92