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It wasn't long ago that things were looking up for fans of classic game emulation. The developers of Dolphin, the iconic Wii and GameCube emulator, were working toward an official Steam release, but that is no longer on the table. After postponing the release, the Dolphin team has confirmed that Valve has... Read more...
Microsoft's purchase of Activision-Blizzard is practically a done deal at this point, and while it does result in the formation of a gargantuan gaming juggernaut the likes of which the world has hardly seen, there are some good things that could feasibly come out of the conglomerate entity. Microsoft's game publishing... Read more...
All you have to do is trawl the support forum or Discord channel for any popular gaming project, like an indie title or especially game emulators, and you'll quickly become aware of how many folks are gaming on Intel integrated graphics. It's not the ludicrous proposition it once was, but it's still a pretty... Read more...
Did you know that you can run Android apps directly on Windows 11? You don't have to use an emulator like Bluestacks; you can just load the app and run it in a window like any other application. The "catch" to this wondrous feature is that only certain apps are available, and you have to get them through a special version of the Amazon Appstore Read more...
Did you know that you can play Sega Genesis games on your Nintendo Switch without jailbreaking it? It's a bit of a weirdly-hidden feature, but if you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online and include the Expansion Pack add-on, you get access to emulated versions of classic titles from the Nintendo 64, the Game Boy... Read more...
Dolphin Emulator is one of the most beloved pieces of software among retro-gaming enthusiasts. The emulator, which supports both the original "Dolphin" console (that's the Nintendo Gamecube for you kids out there) as well as the "Revolution", better known as the Wii. This is possible because the two... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch is a handheld game console that uses hardware already a year old when it released back in 2017. Considering all that, it should be trivial to emulate on modern PCs, right? Well... no, actually. Not only is emulation surprisingly difficult in general, but even high-level emulation of the Switch is... Read more...
My first introduction to console gaming came when my folks brought home an Atari 2600. It helped launch the golden age of gaming, and was home to many memorable titles from back in the day, like Adventure and Missile Command. Both of those happen to be part of a new limited edition 50th anniversary boxed set... Read more...
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of most beloved games on one of the most beloved game consoles of all time. That puts it very high in the echelons of "all-time greatest games". If you remember the game wistfully and think you might like to play it again, you could load up an emulatoror, you could... Read more...
If you're reading this HotHardware, chances are good that you're someone who enjoys getting information from written articles as opposed to just videos. It's also likely that have enjoyedcomputing as a topic in general for many years. If those two things are true, you might just be in the target audience for Celso... Read more...
Emulation enthusiasts rejoice, for a popular PlayStation 3 emulator has reached a major milestone. The team behind RPCS3 has managed to make the entire PS3 library loadable. Let us be clear, "loadable" does not necessarily mean playable, but it is quite an achievement nonetheless. Effectively, this means... Read more...
The original Game Boy is one of the longest-lived and most-beloved video game systems in history, but it has the same limitation as most handheld game systems: no video out. That means that speedrunners and streamers have to find hacky workarounds if they want to broadcast their gameplay to others. YouTuber Sebastian... Read more...
Android TV OS drives billions of displays worldwide, allowing people to watch content across platforms, play games, and enjoy all the other features of a smart TV. Now, Google is updating the OS with Android 13 for TV. This release brings improved performance and accessibility for developers, which should help make... Read more...
Years ago I cut my teeth on a Commodore 64 that my parents purchased from a family friend. Now that I've grown equally ancient in years, I've developed a fond appreciation for attempts to tap into C64 nostalgia, whether it's a throwback t-shirt or in the form of a custom-built emulator. One thing I never... Read more...
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild originally released over five and a half years ago for Nintendo's Wii U console, a system which was arguably under-powered when it came out five years before that in 2012. It's one of the most beloved games of all time, so naturally, PC gamers are doing what PC gamers are wont... Read more...
Did you see our post a couple of days back about how you can now buy a Steam Deck straight from Valve without a reservation? (That's true, by the way; you can pick one up right from their store page and have it in a week or two.) In that post, we embedded Valve's YouTube video for the announcement, and while we... Read more...
A popular community-maintained chart, ranking performance in Sony PlayStation 3 emulator RPCS3, has beckoned a new flagship CPU to the throne. AMDs Ryzen 9 7950X has elbowed past the incumbent Intel Core i9-12900K to become number one in the S Tier class of processors for fast-paced PS3 fun. The new AMD... Read more...
The PlayStation 3's Cell Broadband Engine was fairly unlike any other processor. It had capabilities that make emulating the system surprisingly demanding, even for modern hardware. As we've reported before, the AVX-512 SIMD extensions help with this quite a bit, but Intel cut off support for the instructions in its... Read more...
PC hardware companies work in funny ways sometimes. When AMD had a new driver ready that added extra features with arguably niche appeal, like its AMD Link in-home streaming tech, it was very excited to tell us about it, and have us tell you about it. However, when it released a new driver recently with real... Read more...
Were you around for the heyday of Windows 98? PC gamers were slow to adopt Windows 95 because the conventional game design paradigm of talking directly to the hardware was a big no-no in the new operating system. However, in the not-quite-three years between the release of Windows 95 and Windows 98, both PC hardware... Read more...
Do you have a DOS box? No, no, not the excellent DOS emulator softwareI'm talking about a dedicated older PC for DOS software. Mostly popular among retro gamers, building a DOS box is a tricky task in 2022 as much of the necessary hardware has shuffled off to the great e-waste landfill in the sky. Among the... Read more...
The AVX-512 instruction set has had a bizarre history. Originally introduced with Intel's Xeon Phi processors based on the "Knights Landing" design, it later found its way into the company's server processors starting with Skylake-SP in 2017. The first consumer processors to include AVX-512 were the laptop forms of... Read more...
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