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Offline Jonathan

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Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« on: 16:25, 30 September 20 »
I downloaded WinAPE and it seems to work fine, but is there an emulator which is currently considered to be the best for Windows 10?


Ideally I would look into this in detail myself, but I'm in a bit of a rush with this and other things... I hope to find some time to browse the wiki and the forum soon though.


I vaguely remember using Caprice, many years ago.


Thanks in advance.

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #1 on: 16:31, 30 September 20 »
This is my favourite: https://www.retrovirtualmachine.org/en/

I can't tell you about "the best", although I think RVM2 emulation is pretty good (?).

WinAPE also emulates the plus range; should be OK in Windows 10?
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #2 on: 17:35, 30 September 20 »
I use a mix of 2 emulators.

I really do enjoy RVM with its shader-based rendition that simulates a TV monitor, and which also features a good overall emulation quality.

In parallel, I still use WinAPE for development / debugging, because I did not see a better emulator on PC yet for that purpose.

The very best emulator of Amstrad machines (in term of emulation accuracy) remains ACE from @OffseT ; unfortunately it only runs on AmigaOS / Haiku for now, so only few people can use it. http://ace.cpcscene.net/en:introduction
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #3 on: 17:55, 30 September 20 »
WinApe is great.
I also quite like CPCEC http://cngsoft.no-ip.org/cpcec.htm

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #4 on: 21:31, 30 September 20 »
CPCEC from CngSoft is lightweight and had several huge improvements lately

also CPCEmuPower from Megachur is accurate and very easy to use
Both emulators are able to emulate CPC and Plus models
And looking forward new sugarbox version (multi-OS, debug interface with Visual Studio Code)
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #5 on: 23:48, 30 September 20 »
What I like a lot about RVM is that if you switch to fullscreen, it feels like you sit in front of the CPC. The shaders make it so "real".


It was also helpful that you can easily transfer files between the PC and your disk images, especially for Basic development. But other emulators might have that feature also.

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #6 on: 01:34, 01 October 20 »
I have just downloaded RVM at your suggestion and it is great - especially the screen, and disc-drive noise and speed emulation!


Thanks all.

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #7 on: 10:54, 01 October 20 »
I have just downloaded RVM at your suggestion and it is great - especially the screen, and disc-drive noise and speed emulation!


Thanks all.
fantastic choice, check out the new features that the emuladord will have:


https://youtu.be/G9nrUecfi9Y

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #8 on: 20:27, 01 October 20 »
... but not everything is great with RVM.
Keep in mind it's closed source.

So basically it's the same problem than WinAPE ; one day -- it will be deprecated (new OS, new CPU..) and we will probably have to deal with that.
For that specific reason (disclaimer: my opinion btw), new-comers like the emulators mentioned above by @roudoudou , that favor an open-source approach, are more than welcome.
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #9 on: 21:00, 01 October 20 »
And as much as I like it, it has a dreadful input delay.


It's absolutely impossible to play Pinball Dreams on it as it takes a second to react.
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #10 on: 21:02, 01 October 20 »
That’s interesting. I tried WinAPE and RVM on a BASIC worm game and found RVM more responsive to key presses. Horses for courses I guess!

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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #11 on: 23:57, 01 October 20 »
I find RVM's input lag is largely gone if you can disable your OS's UI compositor.  (Might be difficult on Win10, maybe going fullscreen might help?  I don't use Windows :P )
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Re: Recommended emulator for Windows 10
« Reply #12 on: 00:37, 02 October 20 »
I like RVM and Caprice Forever
I don't like Winape because it STILL does not support the d-pad on my controller, forcing me instead to have to use the thumbsticks and analog sticks are totally wrong for games based around a digital joystick.  Only times I use it are for checking out Plus features.  Which isn't often. 

Caprice Forever is nice and quick to use and does have nice control configuration.

RVM is great especially the CRT style filter which is completely configurable too. Not had any issues with Pinball Dreams on it so not sure what why some folk experience input lag. Plays fine for me.
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