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Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by RamCpu, Aug 7, 2013.
What are the required specs for most game emulators such as nes, atari etc?
Anything will work for consoles. Now to emulate more fun things you might need a Quad G5.
Since you posted this in the PowerPC section, I imagine you want to run the emulator on that. My PowerBook G4 1.5GHz couldn't run an N64 emulator at full speed; more like 2/3rds.* I imagine that SNES and anything weaker should have no problem.
*-said emulator lacked dynamic recomplication support for PPC, unlike x86. Otherwise it would have worked.
Back in the day, I ran an NES emulator just fine on the original PowerPC laptop, the PowerBook 5300c. So NES or older (Atari, etc,) should work on any PowerPC. SNES you might need something a little faster, but not significantly so.
Connectix Virtual Game Station (a commercial Playstation emulator that was subject to a lawsuit by Sony,) officially required a G3/233, but it would run acceptably on a 604/200.
Yeah, I played SNES games on a PM 9600 w/ 604e. I suspect that I could have gotten by with less. The lowliest iMac should do just fine if you're looking for a dedicated classic gaming console emulator.
You should be able to run most of the emulators for older systems (pre-N64 era). Be warned, there are a few which are far more true to the original consoles than most emulators - due to the level of detail they emulate you might find they don't run so well.