Thanks to the work of many dedicated developers, a good deal of consoles/devices can be emulated pretty well but emulator maintenance is a very important thing to keep things running smoothly and improve accuracy. In this article, we’ll be looking at an update to VBA-M, tips on how to get better performance in PS1 emulation on the 3DS and Dolphin’s warning about updating to macOS 10.15 Catalina!
Visual Boy Advance – M 2.1.4 released with many fixes
Owing to its high degree of popularity, the GameBoy Advance has many emulators available for it with 6 different ones being included in the RetroArch Wiki alone.
Visual Boy Advance-M allows you to link up with an emulated GameCube in Dolphin which is something you should surely check out!
One of these emulators is Visual Boy Advance – M (VBA-M) which was forked off the original Visual Boy Advance in 2004 after development on it stopped. Similar to other GBA emulators like mGBA, VBA-M comes with many features including save state support, GameBoy Printer emulation, original GameBoy and GameBoy Colour support and the ability to use Super GameBoy screen borders. Furthermore, VBA-M has the ability to link with Dolphin (GameCube; link leads to guide) and has a pretty nice debugger which are two reasons why some individuals use it over other emulators.
Now, VBA-M 2.1.4 has been released and it comes with:
Faster code for xBRZ filters
Translation for more strings is now supported including the words Open, Quit and Browse
Cleaning up of code by removing dead code making it easier to debug
Many fixes including:
The emulator no longer crashes when setting weekly updates on Windows
Moving on to the last item for the article, the folks behind Dolphin advised Macintosh users not to update to macOS 10.15 if they wish to use their emulator. macOS 10.15 Catalina, the GM build for which was released yesterday, apparently breaks Dolphin in a pretty problematic way so fixing compatibility may take a while; the Dolphin Team said they’ll be publishing more information on it in the future.
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