This week (6-13 July) in emulation: Atlantis GB/C emulator in your smartphone’s browser, Yuzu booting DOOM, Dolphin’s June report, Citra/Ryujinx create a Patreon and more!
The last 2 weeks were full of PSVita news and releases however, the emulation scene never sleeps so stuff there still kept happening. This week was quite fruitful as Atlantis, a GB/C emulator for your browser, got released, Yuzu is booting DOOM and much more happened.
Atlantis: A touch-friendly GameBoy/Colour emulator in your browser
Yes, emulators in browsers are nothing new as they were around even half a decade ago BUT Atlantis does something differently. Contrary to many online emulators, Atlantis is touch and mobile-friendly as it doesn’t use Flash Player (like some older in-browser emulators) and has a pleasant to use touch overlay for the buttons. While Atlantis is still in Beta stage, it has quite a few features including:
- A fast-forward and rewind feature
- A clean Material Design user interface
- Haptic feedback for devices that support it
- 4 built-in homebrew games
- Keyboard and touch-screen support
- Save state support
I have personally tested it on an iPad Air 1st gen running iOS 11.3.1 and I can say that it worked perfectly even when I ran a commercial game called Tetris DX. To use this emulator, simply click here AND remember that it’s somewhat resource-intensive so your device may heat up.
Yuzu and Ryujinx see further progress
These days, the emulators that are spewing out the most mind-boggling developments are the Nintendo Switch ones. A couple of hours ago, the Yuzu team tweeted out that DOOM is now running on their emulator albeit with some funky colours. That being said, this development is quite interesting as DOOM is quite a highly detailed and complex game which means that Yuzu is doing great progress!
Ryujinx, another Switch emulator, has also seen some progress this week with Super Mario Odyssey just booting to show a progress bar. Furthermore, some games like Farming Simulator and Stardew Valley are now in-game, with the latter being mostly playable albeit with upside down output!
Dolphin publishes their June 2018 progress report
As always the Dolphin folks are always up to something and June was no exception. The June 2018 progress report is about the following:
- Discord Rich Presence Support so now, your friends can see which Wii/GameCube game you’re playing on your PC!
- The WxWidgets, a GUI solution that even supports Windows 95, has now been officially removed from Dolphin thanks to the work spycrab0 and others. Dolphin 6.0 or 5.x will now come with a Qt GUI which brings with it some advantages such as better cross-platform support.
- Super Mario 64 in Virtual Console now emulates a bug (yes, a bug) properly to allow a part of the game to be played without pressing the A button.
- Mipmap Detection and optimisation have been improved
Among the other stuff which happened this week, we find:
- Citra and Ryujinx opening a Patreon
- Libretro is working on a Metal driver into RetroArch on macOS. This makes it future-proof as macOS 10.15 will be killing off OpenGL support – July 4
- Development on melonDS continues
For more information about what was mentioned in this article, simply click the in-line links above. Remember, getting game ROMs without owning the game is piracy so think before you pirate recently released games to play in emulators!