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 No.2293

Hey /vr/, I was looking to building myself an emulation machine

I was planning on running Arcades and consoles at least up to gen 5

Would a raspberry pi be enough?

Should I just salvage a "old" laptop/pc?

What do /vr/?

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 No.2312

>>2293

Not sure about those raspberry pi things. Build a cheap PC with an Intel CPU and you'll be good to go. For bonus points get a CRT monitor or a CRT TV with component inputs and a transcoder and install CRT Emudriver.

If all that's too much a modded wii isn't a bad option.

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 No.2314

>>2293

I currently use a bananapi as my main computer for web browsing, writing etc.

In Android it can play snes just fine, and probably also ps1 seeing how my phone has no trouble with it. Unfortunately, I can't get my usb gamepad to work with the Android system.

In Lubuntu the bananapi recognizes the gamepad just fine, but the graphics drivers are too slow to play anything other than Battle for Wesnoth.

So yeah, do some research on how well the new raspberry pi 2 handles gamepads, and go for it if it does.

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 No.2315

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>Raspberry Pi

Not unless you want to buy from a company that's probably not "too keen" on having someone like you as a customer and uses an automated blockbot.

https://storify.com/idolminds/raspberry-pi-gamergate

Get a Banana Pi/Pro or an Odroid. Better hardware and similar features for a comparable price. Both have videos on YouTube showing their emulation capabilities.

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 No.2316

>>2312

>a modded Wii

I was thinking of snatching a Wii that can't read discs at ebay since I can use a harddisk. This isn't a bad idea if I want a decent emulation box?

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 No.2343

>>2316

I have one hooked to a crt tv with snes, genesis and nes emus. Pretty close to the real thing if you ask me.

Not sure about arcade games, though.

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 No.2354

>>2343

Mildly off topic, but what controller ya use?

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 No.2355

>>2354

Presumably a wii classic pro, because why would you use anything else?

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 No.2388

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>>2355

I don't know about anybody else, but some of the emus won't allow WMP to work but Gamecube works every time. If you don't have a GC controller, these work too.

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 No.2411

>>2316

Absolutely not, the Wii is the absolute cheapest device you can get that can display clean 240p signals though component (and if you don't have component inputs the Wii has a built in "VI filter" that gives you comparable quality through composite)

>>2343

>Not sure about arcade games, though.

Retroarch Wii has a Final Burn Alpha port and can run about 95 percent of arcade games perfectly, the remaining being games too big to fit into RAM or the very few games that simply run too slow (mostly sega superscalar games)

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 No.3082

>>2293

The Wii is one of the cheapest and easier to set up devices for emulation.

It also has multimedia playing capabilities, and you can play Wii/Gamecube games on it.

Another good option is an ODROID C1 with Lakka installed on it,

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 No.3124

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Would a G3258 + GTX 750Ti be able to handle PS1, PS2, GCN and Wii emulation at 1080p full speed? Thinking of building a mini-ITX emulation system (and server) based on those specs later this year. Pic related, I already have a spare PSU and HDD.

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 No.3367

From boot, everything needs to be done from a usb controller in order to be called an emulation machine. I'd look into Kodi unless someone knows of something better?

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 No.3368

>>3124

>Pentium

>Dolphin

Not a chance. Due to very recent massive performance increases I can run most Gamecube games via dolphin at 1080 on my i5 760 2.8Ghz @ 3.1Ghz full speed, but only some low-intensity Wii games at full speed. You will be disappointed in that Pentium if you end up getting it.

>>3367

>pedantic BS

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 No.3457

>>3368

Nah, anything else is just an office computer that can run emulators. Do you have to type in commands or click on icons when you load up a snes, playstation or arcade machine?

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 No.3462

>>3457

The only logical definition of the term "emulation machine" is:

>noun: a machine that runs emulators.

"Office computer" only describes what a computer is used for, and that's what makes it what it "is", like a "tent stake" is only a tent stake when it is used to hold a tent down. A computer is an emulation machine when it runs emulators. A computer is a calculator when it's running a calculator.

If you have a machine that is only a SNES, that's called a SNES, not an emulation machine.

"But the parts are different than the original SNES!"

Right, and a new car built today is still a car even if it's made of different parts than the original car.

"But it doesn't have the same plastic outer shell!"

Well, what's the definition of a SNES? If a SNES is "A machine that plays SNES software and nothing else" then yeah, there is no such thing as an emulation machine that only plays SNES games - if that happened, it would exclusively be a SNES. Not an emulation machine. Your definition of what an "emulation machine" is, is fucking impossible, unless an original SNES is also an "Emulation machine."

It's pedantic BS, and you're wrong.

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 No.3465

>>3462

This is a really dumb statment. A "super nintendo" made of different parts is also a CONSOLE, it isn't also a super nintendo. Like how cars have different models, too, you moron.

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 No.3469

So you're moving your goal post from "emulation machine" to "console" now? Computers are also consoles.

console

noun con·sole \ˈkän-ˌsōl\

3b : a combination of readouts or displays and an input device (as a keyboard or switches) by which an operator can monitor and interact with a system (as a computer or dubber)

Your statements are either inconsistent or objectively incorrect.

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 No.3471

>>3462

Look sperg, all I'm getting at is that we should go beyond hardware specs here. Doesn't OP's pic kind of imply simplicity of use? Booting up to a desktop interface would be a pain in the ass, especially if it's not at a desk. Think about the user here.

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 No.3480

>>3471

>what is Startup folder (assuming Windows)

>what is start app at fullscreen

Computers aren't inconvenient if you know how to configure them.

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 No.3485

>>3471

Christ, you're insufferable. Look, if you're not really interested in having fun, there are other threads.

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 No.3490

>>3124

That GPU is probably overkill. For emulators you want the fastest possible Intel cpu you can afford. And then you probably want to overclock it.

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 No.4437

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>>2293

The Wii is the best cheap option to play on a CRT. You get to also play Gamecube and Wii games on it.

A good option would be setting up Lakka (Retroarch as an OS, basically) on a ODROID -C1. The thing is cheap (37 dollars, but you have to buy an SD Card for the OS, and Wi-fi/Bluetooth USB dongles if you want them) and it runs quite well, it has some differences with a Wii, though.

- It only has an HDMI port, so no CRT TV for you.

- No Gamecube or Wii games.

+ You get access to PS1, PSP and even some Dreamcast emulation (In progress)

+ You get to play CPS3 games (embed related) and those big Neogeo Roms the Wii can't handle

+ You get a wider range of available controllers to use

+ You can use the ODROID to boot Android or Linux as well, with decent results.

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 No.4438

A modded original Xbox can do emulation surprisingly well, to the point it can do N64/PS1 emulation decently. Might be worth looking into.

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 No.4449

>>4437

>The Wii is the best cheap option

Unless you have access to some emulators I don't; no. It struggles to run anything past 16bit properly. And arcade game support was abysmal.

I mean, I'd like it to, I love using my Wii for NES stuff. I don't own the original console, and it looks amazing with component video. But from my experience it doesn't have the power, or up to date emulators.

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