Emulation & PSVita News: Animal Crossing: New Horizons running very well on Ryujinx providing a playable experience with mostly minor issues on capable hardware & VICEVita, a standalone Commodore 64 emulator for the Vita with many features released
Recently, emulation scenes have been on fire with a good deal of exciting news and releases and now, more stuff has dropped! In this article, we’re going to be looking at Animal Crossing: New Horizons becoming playable in Ryujinx & the release of VICEVita, a standalone C64 emulator for the PSVita.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons now playable on Ryujinx on capable PCs
A few days ago, the Ryujinx folks shared with us that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was able to get in-game on their emulator. Obviously, this kindled a good deal of interest from the community as this Switch title is only 5 days old and instantly become a smash hit with Nintendo fans.
Now, those behind Ryujinx have announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is effectively playable in their latest Preview Build which they shared in a public Patreon post meaning that anyone can download it.
While this is great news, there are still some things to keep in mind which include:
- The game sometimes crashes during the introduction due to a bug although this can be skipped by downloading and installing a save file
- Instructions on how to install it are provided in the public Patreon post linked below
- Performance-wise, the game is said to run at around 15-30FPS on a good laptop (no mention of specs).
- Some YouTube videos have shown pretty good performance on PCs with an RTX 2080 and a high-end CPU
- The game is also running decently on a mid-range PC equipped with an older Core i7 CPU and a GTX 960 as per this YouTube video
- Neither I or nor Wololo are affiliated with the creators of the linked videos and they’re only being provided for informational purposes
- Obviously, there are still some graphical glitches as the grass is the wrong colour at times and not all light effects work but the game is being rendered pretty well.
Right now, the Ryujinx Team is hard at work resolving the remaining bugs and ensuring that the game runs as well as possible. Without a doubt, recent developments have been great for Ryujinx as this emulator has risen back to Switch emulation front-lines after being silent for a while.
You may read more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Ryujinx and download Windows or Linux builds of the emulator which let you run AC: New Horizons by following this link. Obviously, pirating this newly-released title is greatly frowned upon so buy yourself a copy and dump that if you want to play it on your PC!
VICEVita released for hacked PlayStation Vita consoles
Due to their popularity, 8-bit home computers are still remembered fondly by many with the Commodore 64 being one of the most popular computers of the lot especially in America.
Now, the PlayStation Vita has just received an improvement in the C64 emulation department as Amnon-Dan Meir (ammeir71), who’s also behind ZXVita, has released VICEVita, a standalone Commodore 64 emulator for the console that doesn’t rely on RetroArch.
Among the features that the emulator offers, we find:
- A pretty nice user interface that makes good use of the Vita’s buttons while also providing constant hints
- A touch keyboard for inputting text into your games
- Savestates allowing you pick up your game from wherever you want
- Support for control mapping
You may grab VICEVita for your PlayStation Vita from VitaDB as that the only place where it’s compiled binaries are available despite the emulator having a GitHub Page – obviously, you may also install it using VHBB.
In other emulation news, neobrain has published a January/February Progress Report for Mikage, a WIP 3DS emulator built specifically for Android devices. The Switch also received NS USB Loader Mobile 0.2 for sending RCM payloads through your Android phone.