Some scenes just never sleep and the emulation scene is certainly one of them as every few hours, there’s usually something worth checking out! This week brought about some noteworthy updates such as RetroArch 1.7.4, DosBox 0.74-2 (its first official update since mid-2010) and much more!
RetroArch 1.7.4 released
As many interested in emulation know, RetroArch is an emulator front-end that combines many emulators (which it calls cores) together. Apart from just being an easy way to manage and play your multi-platform game collections, it also has its own features such advanced audio mixing controls, a system to reduce input lag in all emulators, Discord integration and much more!
Now, you can show to your channels on Discord which retro game you’re currently playing
A 64-bit (ARMv8/AARCH64) version for Android devices
This version brings about 64-bit exclusive cores (like Dolphin) and 64-bit cores for some other emulators. These 64-bit cores could result in significant performance improvements over their 32-bit counterparts as is the case with Beetle PSX!
After over 8 years, DosBox finally got an update in its release branch. 8 years ago, there wasn’t the PSVita and Windows XP was still king!
After over 8 years, DosBox got an update to its stable branch in the form of a maintenance release. DosBox is a massively popular emulator for MS-DOS and Windows 3.1/95/98 games and 0.74-2 brought along:
A fix to the auto/max cycles algorithm on Windows 7 which may eradicate audio stuttering in some games.
A 64-bit Intel Mac version has been made available which also brings improved performance
The 64-bit dynarec core on Linux was patched and many compilation issues were fixed
As this is a maintenance release, game compatibility should be identical to that found in version 0.74. However, version 0.75, which does include game fixes, will enter regression testing soon so you should be looking forward to that!
The full changelog of DosBox 0.74-2 can be seen here
Apart from DosBox, MAME also some saw love this week and version 0.201 brought along:
Performance optimisations for BGFX video output
This brings about better peformance with cropped artwork and the performance hit when bringing up menus over emulated games on macOS has been eliminated
If you’re a fan of PC-98 games, like the Touhou series, then recent MAME developments will surely interest you!
Sound fixes for Amazing Maze, Twin Eagle, Targ and Spectar
Further improvements to NEC PC-98 emulation which made more titles compatible
Other improvements and more working arcade machines which include “The Burning Cavern” and “A Day In Space”
Apart from updates to DosBox, RetroArch and MAME, this week also saw:
To read more about the releases in this article, simply follow the in-line links! Remember that retro games still hold copyright in many countries so think twice before pirating older titles especially if they’re not even a decade old.
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