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Dolphin emulator launches version 5.0, becoming most accurate and efficient release to date

The over 200 contributors that helped work on Dolphin over the years have finally released Dolphin 5.0.

Dolphin 5.0 is said to be more accurate and more efficient than previous builds in nearly every way possible. Previous iterations of the popular GameCube and Wii emulator laid the groundwork by following a very distinct pattern of sacrificing performance, hacks, and other features for higher accuracy of supported games. Of course, individual game support will vary, although you should probably expect big releases, like Super Mario Sunshine, Rogue Squadron, and Super Mario Galaxy, should be playable.

With the release of Dolphin 5.0, the system requirements to run the emulator have changed. Here’s what changed since the last release:

  • 64-bit CPUs and Operating Systems are required.
  • Windows XP is no longer supported. Windows Vista is no longer officially supported.
  • Direct3D10/OpenGL3 Required
  • 2GB of RAM or more is recommended

Since its previous release, Dolphin has received over 10,000 changes that span compatibility, crash fixes, new features, texture environment fixes, support for zFreeze, improved CPU emulation, and much, much more. To get a full list of its changelog, head on over the Dolphin's official website as well as watch its official release video below. Yes -- emulators now get their own release trailers in 2016. What a time to be alive!

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