Emulators have been a staple in gaming preservation. If you’re using your own copies of games, as well as your own BIOS to emulate your favorite titles, you’d use them on your PC. They’re also popular on small computers or handhelds like the Steam Deck. However, if you have an Xbox Series X or Series S, there’s a port of the famous Dolphin Emulator available too. And even better, it’s just gotten a new update to increase its performance.
Dolphin Emulator Gets Massive Update for Xbox Series X|S
For those who are unfamiliar, Dolphin is a Gamecube and Wii Emulator. Normally, people will make ROMS from their games, then use them to run on their computer. However, it’s becoming easier and easier to play these older titles on your TV using your Xbox. That’s where Dolphin comes in.
However, before this most recent update if you wanted to configure your controller and your graphics settings, you would need to do that with your computer before running the emulator on your Xbox. Not exactly ideal.
Now with the 1.12 update, you won’t have to go through the hassle. You will now be able to handle all of that from the UI inside of the emulator on your Xbox.
YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer explains in his video that the emulator now supports controller configuration from the emulator itself, as well as loading your roms from the folder of your choice. This removes a lot of the headache when it comes to setting the game up. Naturally, it also makes it a lot easier players to get into the game without all the nasty setup.
Another highlight of this new update is support for the broadband adapter that originally came with the Gamecube. You can activate this functionality on the Xbox version to play online with games that support it. One example is Phantasy Star Online‘s private servers, still fan-run many years after the game closed down.
Aside from this, you can now enable cheats from the menu, as well as increase your resolution from native GameCube resolution to up to 5K resolution if you so desire.
This update is an incredible milestone for emulation and game preservation, especially for those who want to experience their libraries, but don’t have the PC power to run at full capacity.