Emulator update round-up: WinUAE updated to version 3.60, Phoenix (3DO/Jaguar) ported to macOS, CorgiDS gets GBA support and more!
As a lot of people love doing things on their devices that they weren’t intended to do, lots of emulators are out there and keep getting updated. This time around, WinUAE (probably the most popular Amiga emulator), Phoenix (3DO/Jaguar) and CorgiDS were shown some love.
What is WinUAE and what is in update 3.60?
WinUAE is an Amiga emulator based on the UAE emulator core that’s available on a wide variety of platforms including the PSVita, PSP, Wii and much more. WinUAE is the port to go to if you wish to play your favourite Amiga games on your Windows PC since it’s still being updated and supports Windows XP SP3 or newer so it’ll run on most PCs you still use.
WinUAE version 3.60 brings about the following:
- Many core updates, such as MMU emulation speed-ups and some accuracy fixes by emulating some undocumented CPU flags.
- A lot of new emulated hardware such FastATA 4000 MK I/II and many other storage controllers.
- Direct3D 11 support got implemented. This will pave the way for better compatibility with newer versions of Windows and perhaps better performance.
- Many other new features and bug fixes so that your Amiga software can run with less issues!
Phoenix emulator ported to macOS
If you’re a fan of the ill-fated Panasonic 3DO or Atari Jaguar (or you simply want to play some Tempest 2000 or wish to try some stuff that AVGN annihilated in his reviews of both) , this one is surely an emulator to check out since it is said to be the best Jaguar/3DO emulator out there.
Thanks to the folks in Russia who are working on it, a macOS port is now available so you can emulate these consoles and a few others (Coleco Vision and SMS). The ported version is version 2.8.24 and it’s in Russian but the GUI is easy enough to navigate through even if you’re not a Russian speaker.
CorgiDS gets GBA support
CorgiDS, a new emulator on the block, is a DS emulator that wishes to combine accuracy and speed in the best way possible so that we could get a good DS emulation experience on as many devices as possible.
Until recently, it was only at version 0.1 but version 0.2 will soon be out and it’ll have audio, a lot of bug fixes and better graphics so that you have a decent alternative emulator if DeSmuME for some reason doesn’t like your game or computer.
Now, CorgiDS also supports GBA emulation but it’s important to note that it’s still quite primitive at the moment since there’s no sound and timer support. It’s also important to note that it’s currently not working under Windows. Quite obviously, GBA emulation is much faster than DS emulation so you could use it on lower-end hardware if you wish.
Apart from GBA emulation, the emulator also got a lot of updates such as the removal of debug code that could bog down performance and a proper WiFi stub for DS games.
To read more about these emulator updates/developments, simply follow the links below. It’s quite nice that emulators still get updated with great features and fixes so that we can enjoy our favourite older games as accurately as possible!
WinUAE updated to version 3.60 (full changelog): http://www.winuae.net/2018/01/18/winuae-3-6-0/
Phoenix gets a macOS port (some explanation in English as to what’s happening): https://www.reddit.com/r/emulation/comments/7rsihr/phoenix_2823_ported_to_macos/
Phoenix for macOS download (site is in Russian but the download link is easy to get to): http://www.arts-union.ru/node/70
CorgiDS getting GBA support: https://www.reddit.com/r/emulation/comments/7rwm97/corgids_has_gba_support/
Pre-built versions of development CorgiDS builds: https://github.com/Simonx22/CorgiDS/releases