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Gamma, a new emulator for playing classic PlayStation 1 games on iPhone and iPad, has just hit the App Store.

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Developed by Benjamin Stark, aka ZodTTD, Gamma features customizable onscreen controller skins, and includes support for Bluetooth controllers as well as wired and non-wired keyboards.

Similar to the fantastically popular Delta emulator, the Gamma app uses third-party cloud syncing services for backing up game files and save states, and also downloads game cover artwork.

Fortunately for PS1 fans, Gamma does not require BIOS files to run games, although some users have reported a few issues getting some ROMs to run smoothly, but bug fixes are likely coming soon. Stark is a veteran of the emulator field and has been making retro game emulators on mobile for over 15 years.

It's worth noting that while Gamma is free to download and contains no iAPs (as per Apple's emulator rules) its App Store page says that it collects identifiers that can be used to track you, and may collect location and usage data.

Article Link: Gamma Emulator Brings Classic PS1 Gaming to iPhone and iPad
 
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Almost every retro gamer on YouTube is a 50 year old man trying to capture some moment of his youth and get likes from other 50 year old men.

It's really tough for kids to get into old games. Most of them won't even watch an old black and white movie. If they take a retro handheld console to school the other kids laugh at them and call them poor for not having a Switch or PS5.
 
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Sony isn't going to go after this emulator.

People are trying to compare the recent Nintendo/Yuzu thing with PS1 emulation and it is two different ballparks. One is a current gen system (Switch) which will always lead to more eyes on it. In addition, Nintendo is historically more strict with emulation than other companies.
 
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Pezimak

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At this point, as more and more of these emulators officially release on the App Store, is their any point in getting those Chinese game emulator handhelds? Or is sticking with your phone and a controller like the Backbone One a better option? I’m guessing my iPhone 14 Pro Max is more powerful than most of them? With the more expensive latest ones only being better.

I‘m not even mentioning iPad as those are very powerful for this task.
 

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It's really though for kids to get into old games. Most of them won't even watch an old black and white movie. If they take a retro handheld console to school the other kids laugh at them and call them poor for not having a Switch or PS5.
Maybe take a look at the age of participants in Tetris competitions and Super Mario speedrun tournaments.
 
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