Yuzu (emulator)

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Yuzu
Yuzu Emulator SVG
Developer(s)Team Yuzu
Initial releaseJanuary 14, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-01-14)
Repositorygithub.com/yuzu-emu/yuzu
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows, Linux, macOS (unofficial)
LicenseGNU GPLv2
Websiteyuzu-emu.org
Yuzu system requirements[1]
Minimum Recommended
Personal Computer
Operating system Windows 7 64 bit or higher, 64 bit Linux[2]
CPU Intel i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Intel i5-8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Memory 8GB RAM 16GB RAM
Graphics hardware OpenGL 4.5 support or Vulkan 1.1 such as an Intel HD Graphics 530 or Nvidia GeForce GT 710 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 8GB

Yuzu, stylized as yuzu, is a free and open-source emulator of the Nintendo Switch. Yuzu was announced to be in development on January 14, 2018,[3][4] 10 months after the release of the Nintendo Switch.[5] It is developed in C++.

The emulator is made by the developers of the Nintendo 3DS emulator Citra, with significant code shared between the projects. Originally, Yuzu only supported test programs and homebrew, but as of July 2019, a handful of games work without issue.[6][7][8][9] A list of games that are compatible with the emulator is maintained on the official website.[10]

Features[edit]

Yuzu uses a network service called Boxcat as a replacement for Nintendo's BCAT dynamic content network.[11]

Yuzu also offers a resolution rescaling feature that simulates docked, undocked and beyond-native resolutions.[12]

In December 2019, Yuzu added an experimental Vulkan renderer to its Early Access build.[13] As of April 2020,[14] this Vulkan renderer is also being used to rebuild MacOS compatibility via MoltenVK, as the Yuzu team stopped maintaining MacOS versions of Yuzu after Apple deprecated OpenGL.

On May 9, 2020 the development team announced an update that included experimental multi-core CPU emulation.[15][16]

Reception[edit]

Homebrew software running on Yuzu.

In October 2018, Kotaku published an article noting that Super Mario Odyssey was playable. The author of the article expressed concern with the ability of Yuzu to emulate games that were available commercially at the time.[9]

PC Gamer noted that the emulator was able to run Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! shortly after the games' release, albeit with audio issues.[8]

In October 2019, Gizmodo published an article noting that Yuzu was able to emulate some games at a frame rate roughly on par with the actual console hardware.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quickstart Guide · yuzu". yuzu. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. ^ "FAQ · yuzu". yuzu. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ Lilly, Paul (January 15, 2018). "Nintendo Switch 'Yuzu' Emulator Announced By Citra 3DS Developers". HotHardware. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Reisinger, Don (January 16, 2018). "Nintendo Won't Be Happy About This Switch Emulator". Tom's Guide. Archived from the original on July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Horti, Samuel (2018-01-14). "Switch emulator announced, made by team behind Citra 3DS emulator". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 2018-01-14. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Lilly, Paul (November 2, 2018). "Super Mario Odyssey Fully Playable On PC With Yuzu Emulator Likely Drawing Nintendo's Wrath". HotHardware. Archived from the original on January 24, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Evangelho, Jason (April 19, 2018). "2 Nintendo Switch Emulators Are Live And Running Gameplay". Forbes. Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Horti, Samuel (November 24, 2018). "Watch Pokémon: Let's Go running on PC thanks to Yuzu emulator". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on July 4, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Plunkett, Luke (November 2, 2018). "Super Mario Odyssey is Already Playable in an Emulator". Kotaku. Archived from the original on July 14, 2019. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Games Compatibility List". yuzu emulator team. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Boxcat". yuzu emulator team. Archived from the original on October 15, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Resolution Rescaler · yuzu". yuzu. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  13. ^ CaptV0rt3x (December 3, 2019). "New Feature Release - Vulkan". yuzu emulator team. Archived from the original on December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  14. ^ @yuzuemu (April 1, 2020). "With a Vulkan renderer in place, we decided to test out building yuzu with MoltenVK! MacOS support is in an early state, but the results are surprisingly good so far! 3D games aren't working quite yet, but this is further than we were yesterday" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "New Feature Release - Prometheus · yuzu". yuzu. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  16. ^ Palumbo, Alessio (9 May 2020). "Yuzu, the Nintendo Switch Emulator, Can Now Take Advantage of Multicore CPUs". Wccftech. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  17. ^ Liszewski, Andrew (October 4, 2019). "This Nintendo Switch Emulator for the PC Might Finally Be as Good as the Actual Console". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on November 20, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.

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