The long awaited Dolphin Emulator for Gamecube & Wii – Dolphin 5.0 was released early this year. Following a massive code cleanups, Dolphin 5.0 is the fastest Dolphin has ever been. Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more!
By removing all of those hacks and outdated features while cleaning up the codebase, Dolphin has reached a new level of efficiency, powered by a revitalized dynamic recompiler. OpenGL and D3D11 have seen tons of optimizations and accuracy improvements on the GPU side, 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.
At a basic level, Dolphin 5.0 is more accurate and more efficient than previous builds in every way. Individual games will vary, especially due to various hacks being removed along the way. Dolphin 5.0 can be downloaded for Windows and Mac OS X from our official website: dolphin-emu.org.
System Requirements to run Dolphin 5.0 can be found here but here’s a quick rundown of what changed:
- 64-bit CPUs and Operating Systems are required.
- Windows XP is no longer supported. Windows Vista is no longer officially supported.
- Direct3D10/OpenGL3 Required. This means AMD Radeon 4xxx, NVIDIA GeForce 8xxx, or Intel HD 2xxx minimum! Anything older than that will most likely not work or will have significant glitches.
Dolphin on Android is not getting a release build. This does not mean it’s falling behind or anything. We just did not feel like Dolphin on Android has reached any milestone with these changes. We’d rather it have its own special time in the sun when it comes, instead of tagging it onto what has been an already concerted effort on the desktop release.
Dolphin 5.0 Change Log
With nearly 10000 commits spanning compatibility, crash fixes, new features and more, Dolphin 5.0 offers a variety of reasons to upgrade from the previous release. See release note for full release change
Video on How to setup Dolphin
How to Install Dolphin Emulator 5.0.x on Ubuntu 16.10
--------- Add the Repository --------- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dolphin-emu/ppa --------- Update Repository --------- sudo apt-get update --------- Install Package --------- sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu