Raspberry Pi has been used for a lot of innovative projects over the course of its existence. Some individuals take the low cost hardware and use it for teaching purposes to educate youth on computer usage. Others take a more leisurely approach and choose to use the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s hardware as a retro gaming console through the use of various software installations that emulate the experience of older-generation game consoles.
A number of those retro gamers interested in purchasing a Raspberry Pi 3 have been curious as to how the hardware would emulate games compared to older models, so, as you might expect, step forward Adafruit with a video that shows us exactly that.
The said video, which is embedded below, features the new Raspberry Pi 3 with a base installation of the ever expansive RetroPie project. For those that may not have experienced a Raspberry Pi, or used it as a gaming device, the RetroPie project is a collection of works that has been put together with the intention of turning the Raspberry Pi into a retro-gaming machine. The purpose of the stream, or the video as it now is, was to show exactly how the available emulators perform on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s new low-cost computer. That is both from a visual perspective, as well as taking into consideration the user-experience.
The basic outcome of the whole test and experience is that the NES, Game Boy, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Dreamcast, and PSP emulators all can be used to play games on Raspberry Pi 3. That’s a fairly comprehensive list of platforms and titles that are available for seamless playback on the new Raspberry Pi 3.
However, there were some problems experienced when trying to run the PSP, Saturn and Dreamcast emulators. Additional issues became clear with the Nintendo DS and Sega CD emulators, with the team behind the video unable to get them up and running in any form whatsoever. If you already own, or are planning to own a new Raspberry Pi 3 for retro-gaming purposes, then you can check out the video embedded below.
(Source: Adafruit Industries [YouTube])
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