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Video Game Emulators: Is It Worth Using Them Or Should You Just Buy An Old Console?

Video game emulators have been a long standing moot point among gamers. Many say they are good because they help preserve old games. Others say they are bad because they could be illegal. But who is who, really?

Say what you want about them, but video game emulators have definitely made a name for themselves in the video game industry. And here’s what you need to know about them.

Benefits of using video game emulators

Many emulators these days are “digital copies” of a specific game console from the previous generation. It could be anything from the original PlayStation to the iconic Nintendo N64, whose games technically can’t be played on modern hardware.

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BANGKOK, THALANDE – 2018/05/24: In this photo illustration a Japanese edition of the light blue version of Nintendo 64 (M) with a bunch of games next to a Nintendo Classic Mini ‘Nintendo Entertainment System’ (L) and a Nintendo Classic Mini ‘Super Nintendo’ (R) Video Game Console.

But that’s where an emulator comes in and where its biggest advantage is – graphics upgrades.

Playing a retro game on a game console emulator will allow you to experience it with much greater graphical fidelity than the original – decades of performance improvements, at most, especially if the game is so old.

This is because most of these old consoles come from the analog era. According to MakeUseOf, analog signals cannot compete with digital video signals in terms of clarity.

That’s why if you try to boot an old PS1 on, say, a modern smart TV, you won’t get a very good picture – you will only get as good quality as what you saw on a tube. cathodic.

With video game emulators, these analog signals are translated into digital and are therefore rendered with even more fidelity. Not to mention that the game will run much better too.

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BIG Disadvantages

As expected with any programming project, getting video game emulators to work like their physical game console counterparts is extremely difficult work. That’s why some emulators have been a work in progress for years (even decades) after the original release of the console they are based on.

A good example would be the PlayStation 3 emulator called RPCS3. Sony released the PS3 in 2006, but it wasn’t until 15 years later that the emulator itself can now at least boot every game released for the console.

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A black Sony PlayStation 3 wireless controller pictured on a glass table surrounded by bowls of snacks, taken on July 9, 2013.

It’s not even a promise that you can play all the PS3 games on it. As of late, only over 63% of PlayStation 3 games are actually playable on RPCS3.

It’s more or less the same situation for almost all other emulators. Making retro games playable on modern hardware is just very difficult to work with and consumes hundreds if not thousands of hours of work.

Finally, getting video game emulators to work properly on your hardware isn’t even easy. They may be impossible to use for people who do not have a lot of experience handling software. There are so many steps involved in getting them to work properly, and even missing a single one could crash your computer.

Are video game emulators even legal?

This is perhaps the biggest question regarding game console emulation. According to Business Insider, emulation programs themselves are legal in most situations.

This is about downloading the programs (ROMs) that you want to run on it that can be classified as illegal because they are free. Video games are still intellectual property, and the unauthorized distribution of copies of them will be prosecuted by law.

Old game consoles still exist

There is a proven way to get around all the hassles of running video game emulators – just buy a real retro console. Old gaming systems regularly appear on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace every day. Most of the time, they are very inexpensive and work just as well.

If you really want to relive those classic games that defined your childhood, maybe you can go for a real console instead of video game emulators.

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BANGKOK, THALANDE – 2018/07/13: In this photo illustration a first generation Nintendo Classic Mini ‘Nintendo Entertainment System’ video game console seen with a stack of Famicom game cartridges.

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