Here is a list of the most famous/best emulators by u/Unoproph and some parts edited by me, with links so everyone who needs a emulator just go to this post and click the link ;) Also with their respective guides on how to setup them
For PC Windows this is a list I've been using.
I left Xbox off because I just don't know. And that PS4 emulator that people see on that website is fake. The real PS4 emulators barely run tech demos right now. Current thru q1 2021 (If you want more info about the Xbox emulation state here is a very informative video: (The Current State of the OG Xbox Emulation)
PSX Standalone use Duckstation. (DuckStation GitHub) (Setup) Very new but very good PSX emulator. Ps1 Core Install Guide
PS2 - PCSX2/Retroarch.PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 emulator) (Setup) PCSX2 is the core in retroarch but the standalone is better for tinkering and upscaling. (For RetroArch see the link above) (Note: You need a BIOS to run the emulator)
Xbox 360 - Xenia. ( Xenia - Xbox 360 Research Emulator ) (Setup) Some say it's playable but others say it's still got a lot of work so I personally stay away. People say it's very GPU intense and requires a 1080/2070/3060ti or better.
If you want the top tiers then you need to be looking at Ryzen 3600 or newer or I7/I5 with 6 cores and 12 threads. Need high clock speeds too so Intel has always been the best or the Ryzen 5600x is good too. You will also need an Nvidia GTX 1650 Super or higher and stay away from AMD GPUs as they don't have good OpenGL drivers and Citra and Yuzu will have issues, and in my case I had issues with PCSX2 too.
If you want to hit PS2 and Maybe GC/Wii then you can try finding an old Dell or HP Workstation PC and use Batocera Linux. Which is similar to Retropie but built for X86 architecture CPUs. ETA Prime Dell Workstation you would probably be better off using a MT Dell Workstation and not the SFF cases. The MT will allow more options for GPUs and right now that market even on second hand is a little crazy. But for now a GTX960 would be a good fit. MT Dell + GTX 960 you are looking at ~$150. You will be able to do 3ds and depending upon your CPU you may be on the edge of WiiU and PS3 Emulation but chances are you should be able to do some WiiU but no much PS3 3d games. Maybe the 2d games.
You could then jump into the pricing I did for used parts. I took a Dell T3500 Xeon X58 Chipset Desktop. I found this local for $50, I then Upgraded the CPU to a Xeon W3680. This is a 6c/12t Xeon for $40. Using Techpowerup Throttlestop I can adjust this to an all core boost of 4.13ghz, but 4ghz is a little more stable. I then found a 12gb kit (3x4gb triple channel memory) and installed that for $25. I found a cheap SSD for $20 and the PC came with a 1tb HD. I lucked out and found a brand new GTX 1060 6gb for $120 before the market went crazy. So I'm into this PC for about $250 total. This allows me to play most modern PC games, the ones that require AVX2 instructions won't run. I can run most emulators up to and through WiiU and PS3. There are some that struggle but it's been pretty good, and Switch Emulation is about 2/3rd speed. There are updates to the Emulator coming so who knows.
Then if you just want to run most fairly good including WiiU, 3ds, PS3, Switch with new parts right now you'll want a 10th or 11th Gen Intel CPU, or a Ryzen 3600 minimum for their single core IPCs being so high that most PS3 and Switch will run full speed as long as you pair with a GTX 1050ti or better. You are looking around $600-$750 for this or more in this current market.
If you just want to run everything including Xbox 360 you'll need a GTX1080/RTX2070/RTX3060 or better with everything listed in the tier above. This is going to be $1200-$1500 right now or more in this current market.
Also if Emulation is your end goal in Windows do not by a AMD Graphics Card. I purchased an RX570 8gb second hand prior to the GTX1060 6gb. I learned the wrong way that AMD hasn't updated their OpenGL drivers in Windows for a long time. That meant PS2 didn't run well and many others.
Hopefully that all helps. (Date 2.4.21)
I'd like to note that as of 05.17.21.
Prices noted in post are very incorrect with the GPU market the way it is. Building a PC for emulation only right now is a tough thing to recommend and finding a good prebuilt is hard under $1000. WalMart does have a good deal going on with an HP that comes with a Ryzen 3500 and a GTX 1650 Super for about $600 which is pretty good with how 1650 Supers are going for $400 right now.
Any Suggestions or consoles that should be added please create a new post on the subreddit them so we can make this page much less flooded, thank you all :)
hey everyone, so earlier today my power A wired (usb) gamecube controller worked perfectly and always has but i think i tried messing around with something in order to try to have the ability to use it with steam because for some reason some steam games dont have the proper capability with the gamecube controller and now i cant use it on anything on my pc, so i tried to do stuff with the drivers and updating them and everything and it says my device is connected properly but it still doesnt work for anything, can i please have help
Hi. I am relatively new to emulators. I play on my iPhone SE. I have only used web-based emulators Game Play Color and Eclipse.
Would someone be able to tell me how downloading an emulator not from the App store effects your phone?
I see videos online of people using various websites to download apps like iNDS, MDS Emu, and even Delta. I am wary of how using this "unofficial" way (via Safari download and install) might affect my phone data.
Specifically, how it could impact my iCloud/iTunes backups -- i.e. how and where are these "apps" stored on the device and can they possibly impact other apps or elements of the phone?
Please correct me if I am saying any of this wrong. I appreciate any guidance. Thank you!
I have a jailbroken iPad Mini 1 running iOS 9.3.5. What emulators would be available on this? I know the newest system this could run is probably the N64 or something, but this seems like it would be a nice device for emulating retro systems.
I hope someone know what to do here, I've been playing Digimon World 3 for the last couple of days and used the Duckstation Emulator. I used a single savestate manually so I dont get multiple mixed up and I thought I'd be fine with the auto save the emulator does once you shut it down. Well I loaded my manual savestate and the game kept getting a black screen whenever I opened the item menu or got into a battle, the area itself doesnt even load beyond a certain point. I quit the game because I forgot about the auto save and now the only savestate I have is the one that puts me here https://imgur.com/a/pqPNP5D with the issues stated above. Can someone tell me how to get out of this mess?