OS X Console Emulator 'OpenEmu 1.0' Launches

OpenEmu 1.0, an open source project designed to bring game emulation to OS X, has officially launched following a lengthy beta testing period. Though there are other emulator options for OS X, OpenEmu has been designed from the ground up for OS X.

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For the first time, the ‘It just works’ philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

OpenEmu is able to emulate the hardware of several different consoles, including several 16-bit systems like the Game Boy, GameBoy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo, among others.

The emulator features a native OS X interface with a design that mirrors iTunes, offering up ROMs in a unified card-style menu organized by system. OpenEmu includes full save state support, allowing multiple ROMs to be played at once, and it also provides OpenGL scaling, multithreaded playback, and gamepad support.

Multiple controllers are supported, including console controllers from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation, along with gamepads from Gravis, Logitech, and more.

OpenEmu can currently be downloaded from the OpenEmu website for free. [Direct Download Link] [Experimental Download, Extra Beta Consoles]

Top Rated Comments

crossifixio Avatar
135 months ago
christmas is here :D
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
impulse462 Avatar
135 months ago
christmas is here :D

For real. This is awesome.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
135 months ago
Time to haul out the NES USB controller and play the greatest game ever made on a nice bright crisp 27" iMac display.

Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Atomic Wasp Avatar
135 months ago
I've been waiting for this, for ages!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
135 months ago
This is awesome. After years of dealing with half-baked emulators on the OS X platform, finally something that just works, out of the box, without having to download shareware "emulator enhancers" to use USB game controllers and so on.

Kudos to the dev team for this, keep up the great work.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Atomic Wasp Avatar
135 months ago
fyi. clicking the link does not take you to the website as implied but immediately starts download the app
The link is introduced with "OpenEmu can currently be downloaded…", so there is no surprise that the link will download the app. Thanks for the warning though.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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