Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2016 22:10 UTC
Games

The long awaited Dolphin 5.0 release is finally here! After nearly a year of bug-hunting and handling the release process, everything has come together for our biggest release yet! The three previous releases followed a very distinct pattern: sacrifice performance, hacks, and features in exchange for higher accuracy. As such, Dolphin 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 progressively grew slower. But thanks to the cleanups put forward throughout those releases, Dolphin 5.0 is the fastest Dolphin has ever been! By removing all of those hacks and outdated features while cleaning up the codebase, Dolphin has reached a new level of efficiency, powered by a revitalized dynamic recompiler. On the GPU side, OpenGL and D3D11 have seen tons of optimizations and accuracy improvements, and have been joined by a brand new D3D12 backend for huge performance gains. If there's a CPU or GPU extension that can make Dolphin faster, we take advantage of it.

Dolphin is an incredibly impressive project - not just from a technological standpoint, but also from an organisation one. They post regular, detailed development updates, have in-depth release notes that are still entirely readable for laypersons such as myself, and you always learn a ton of new stuff following the project's progress.

A great example of how to run a project like this. Don't forget to check out the release video with tons of side-by-side examples of the long list of improvements.

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What is it?
by Auzy on Fri 24th Jun 2016 22:42 UTC
Auzy
Member since:
2008-01-20

I think someone forgot to actually write what it actually is..

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RE: What is it?
by John Blink on Fri 24th Jun 2016 23:02 in reply to "What is it? "
John Blink Member since:
2005-10-11
RE: What is it?
by crazy-weasel on Fri 24th Jun 2016 23:03 in reply to "What is it? "
crazy-weasel Member since:
2011-04-03

Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more!


:)

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RE[2]: What is it?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 25th Jun 2016 04:41 in reply to "RE: What is it? "
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Dang, dolphin the stupid game emulator, not the Dolphin the great file manager. I was excited for a bit there. And confused. Why would a file manager have much GPU optimization?

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RE: What is it?
by ThomasFuhringer on Tue 28th Jun 2016 06:45 in reply to "What is it? "
ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

Tried for a couple of minutes on their website to figure out what this actually is. Mentally refused to go into FAQ for that purpose. Decided if that was necessary, the site was made by idiots and I better not waste any more time with it.

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