How are the next-gen emulators doing?

It’s been a while since I posted my introduction to game emulators. At the time, I said that there are no emulators available for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii U. There was a good reason for this – there are a lot of scams online where people disguise malware as emulators. Instead of emulating games, they install intrusive software on your computer. The real emulators were still in early development, and weren’t very usable. But development has gone quickly since then, and that isn’t as true as it was last year. There have been some major improvements, and it’s time for an update.

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An introduction to game emulators

It occurred to me recently that not everyone knows what an emulator is or how to use one. Particularly among console gamers and other people who haven’t used PCs so much. Every gamer with a PC should know how to use an emulator, so this post is going to serve as an introduction for those who need it. If you already know how to use emulators, you can probably skip this one, but if you don’t know how to use emulators, this post will change everything for you. Let’s get started.

What is an emulator?

From Wikipedia:

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How to play SNES games from Steam (with the Steam overlay)

In my quest to build the best console ever, I’ve decided to start with Steam as a base. Moving from Xbox to a custom built console means losing the overlay that lets me do things like chat with friends. Steam provides things like that, and I buy most of my games via Steam, so it makes sense to start there. And with Steam’s big picture mode, it will work perfectly with a controller.

Steam Big Picture Mode

The first challenge, then, was setting things up so I could launch my emulated games as easily as my modern games. This is how I did it.

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