If you've ever played a GameCube or Wii game you owned in Dolphin you know it can at times be both very good and at times strange. The upscaling ability of Dolphin on Wii and GameCube games is well worth the price of admission alone as experiencing these classic titles in HD is incredible. For me, my classic hardware sometimes breaks so I try and backup all my games so I can play them on my PC. Recently Dolphin released 5.0 which is a notable milestone in that it optimizes for speed and also makes many games run much better than they did before.

"The long awaited Dolphin 5.0 release is finally here! After nearly a year of bug-hunting and handling the release process, everything has come together for our biggest release yet! The three previous releases followed a very distinct pattern: sacrifice performance, hacks, and features in exchange for higher accuracy. As such, Dolphin 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 progressively grew slower. But thanks to the cleanups put forward throughout those releases, Dolphin 5.0 is the fastest Dolphin has ever been!

By removing all of those hacks and outdated features while cleaning up the codebase, Dolphin has reached a new level of efficiency, powered by a revitalized dynamic recompiler. On the GPU side, OpenGL and D3D11 have seen tons of optimizations and accuracy improvements, and have been joined by a brand new D3D12 backend for huge performance gains. If there's a CPU or GPU extension that can make Dolphin faster, we take advantage of it.


Travis   Admin wrote on 06/30/2016 at 04:48am

I've heard really great things about this. It's very easy to set up a Wiimote on your PC as well, with one of the cheap sensor bar replacements you can get at Gamestop in the bargain bin. That sensor doesn't need to be plugged in, just powered. The Wiimote itself is what sends the data back to the Wii or PC, so the battery powered ones work fine.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/30/2016 at 05:59am

I just realized that was ambiguous: I meant that I've heard great things about the 5.0 release. I've used Dolphin in the past and it was already great!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/02/2016 at 03:10am

Yeah, I need to get one of those battery powered sensor bars.

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