Originally Posted by fierce_gt
are emulators available for devices other than pc's?
i haven't paid attention is a long time, stopped thinking old games were 'nostalgic' and started thinking they were 'pretty terrible' after i walked down memory lane with arcade, NES, and SNES emulators on an old xbox. the xbox isn't powerful enough to run anything more advance than that, and i'm not aware of newer consoles having the ability to run emulators at all.
but i totally agree, this is a novelty like a 21st century version of 'twister' that people will pull out of their closets when they have a party. without support for more games in the future, it's going to become stale fast
I still have a working OG xbox setup with xbmc and emulators. Good times. At that point and time, it was pre-hdmi era, and that really was the best way to emulate other consoles and play them on your tv. The arcade emulation was awesome.
You can also softmod a Nintendo Wii extremely easy, but IMO the best all-around system is the Nvidia shield. This is assuming you don’t need to emulate anything newer than PS1. There’s always PC for newer stuff.
The biggest thing that’s changed over the years is not having to download and install each individual emulator. You can now download retroarch, and it contains all of the cores and configs needed for most of the main consoles. You still need to provide bios files for the cd-based systems such as Sega CD and PS1. Retroarch is a backend that you can run by itself, or you can use with a front end like Gamesome, Arc Browser, and some others. There are also ways of setting your emulators up as an add-on to Kodi or Steam.
Raspberry Pi is cool but I’m not at all a linux person, so some of the backend stuff like –apt get and command line input is beyond me, but the Pi3 I have is cool and cheap. Wifi and Bluetooth are built-in along with 4 usb ports, so it supports a wide range of controllers. I picked up a couple of SNES controller replicas made by iBuffalo. They’re the real deal. There's a kit on amazon that includes everything you need for less than $100 shipped.
I’ll always love the old stuff for nolstagic purposes, but yeah, playing some of these games on a large screen will make your eyes bleed.