News Roundup: May 9 - June 6

mossy_11 on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in News

Boxer, a DOSBox-powered DOS emulator, has been updated to version 1.3. The release notes list taking screenshots and fast-forwarding games among the new features, with heaps of bugfixes and improvements to input handling and gameboxes. Get it from the official Boxer website.

Multi-system emulator Mednafen has been updated to version 0.9.22-WIP, while Jazzin's launcher app NekoLauncher Mednafen received an update (0.9.22 Build 21) to fix a crash bug. Mednafen's new version includes improvements to and L3 and R3 button simulation in the PlayStation emulation, improved Sega Genesis/Mega Drive YM2612 emulation, and broken compatibility with 0.9.21-WIP Genesis/Mega Drive save states. See the NekoLauncher site for more details, and download it at the Mednafen forums.

Amiga emulator FS-UAE has been updated to version 1.2.1, fixing a crash that occurred when saving states with mounted directories. See the FS-UAE website to learn more about this games-focused emulator.

Continue reading for updates to JPCSP, Mini vMac, XRoar, Stella, VirtualBox, and more.

Micro64, a highly-accurate Commodore 64 emulator, has reached version 1.00.2012.06.04 Build 677. It's had lots of changes in the past month, which you can read in the changelog here.

QMC2 (aka Qmamecat II), a MAME and MESS launcher and ROM organiser, has been updated to version 0.36. See the change-log (there's so much variation in how developers name their log files) here, and look for a download here.

Stella, an Atari 2600 VCS emulator, has been updated to version 3.7. New additions include Blargg TV effects, MindLink controller emulation, and ZIP file traversal, while there are also loads of fixes and improvements. Check out the Stella news page for more details.

VirtualBox, an open-source x86 virtualisation tool, does not disappoint in its monthly trend of maintenance releases. Version 4.1.16 boasts 19 bugfixes and new additions (of which 17 are relevant to Mac users).

Open-source machine emulator and virtualisation tool QEMU went through four release candidates last month before hitting version 1.1 at the beginning of June. There's a lengthy, detailed ChangeLog here.

SpeedofMac has been compiling the latest builds of NES/Famicom emulator FCEUX. Builds 2517 and 2512 were the last two posted, and both offer improvements to the TAS editor. Head over to SpeedofMac's FCEUX page for more details.

SpeedofMac has also been busy putting together binaries from the PCSX-Reloaded change sets. The most recent version includes preliminary widescreen support. You can get it from SpeedofMac's PCSX-Reloaded page.

Arcade emulator MAME and its Mac-specific port SDLMAME have been updated to version 0.146. As usual, the list of changes is dauntingly long and dense. You can grab the source code at the MAME website, or download an SDLMAME binary here

Dolphin, a Nintendo Wii and Gamecube emulator, is still getting several new builds a week. Keep following the downloads page for updates; we'll report in the news roundup when there's another official release.

JPCSP, a Java-based PSP emulator, has a new svn snapshot build available. Build 2552 includes "improvements in adhoc, fixes to GE and some more support for xuggle 5.4." Get it here, or head to the JPCSP homepage for more information (and potentially a newer build).

Early Macintosh emulator Mini vMac has a new alpha build. The 3.3.1 alpha "supports more host targets, has a few miscellaneous fixes, and adds a Polish translation" (courtesy of Przemysław Buczkowski). Get it from the Mini vMac download page.

XRoar, a Dragon and Tandy Colour Computer (CoCo) emulator, has been updated to version 0.28. This update includes CPU core optimisations, user-specified ROM lists and CRC matching, and more. Check out the XRoar homepage for more information.

Commodore 64 emulator VirtualC64 received a minor update recently. Version fixes a bug with full-screen mode in OS X Lion. Get it from the VirtualC64 website.

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