The Early Access version launches for free later this year
Dolphin, the prominent emulator for GameCube and Wii games on PC, will soon get a Steam version, announced its developers.
Dolphin will be released on Steam in an early version as a free download. The release date is currently set for Q2 2023, and it already has a file Store page Where you can put them in the wish list.
The developers said they will release more information about the Steam version’s features when it launches. They said, “We are excited to finally tell the world about our experience.” “This has been the product of many months of work, and we look forward to getting it into users’ hands soon!”
The Dolphin Steam page confirms that the emulator does not come with any games, and that users must own an original copy of any GameCube or Wii game they want to use with it. “It is simply a tool for playing legally obtained copies of these games. Once you have dumped copies of your games in a compatible format, you can run them directly in the emulator.”
The emulator supports modern consoles, 4K resolution, quick saves, networked multiplayer, and in some cases, where hacks and patches are available, features such as increased frame rate and wide screen aspect ratios. Community mods are supported, and it’s completely open source.
Dolphin has a history almost as long as the consoles it emulates. Its first version came out in 2003, just two years into the life of the GameCube, but it didn’t do well. After a successful revival as an open source project in 2007, it has gained the support of the Wii, as well as Linux and Mac clients, and is now one of the most stable emulators out there. If the Steam version makes it easier to play on the Steam Deck, that alone will make it worth a download.
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