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CHIP-8
PONG CHIP8.png
Screenshot of Pong implemented in CHIP-8
Developer Joseph Weisbecker
Type Interpreted programming language
Release date 1976[1] (original)
Emulated
WIP Note: needs accuracy testing and checking for licensing
For emulators for computers dedicated to running CHIP-8, see List of computers.
Note: The terms 'emulator', 'interpreter' and 'simulator' are used interchangeably by developers of interpreters of CHIP-8.

CHIP-8 is an interpreted programming language, developed by Joseph Weisbecker.

Most CHIP-8 interpreters are Homebrew emulators for their system, devices with official/marketed with CHIP-8 support include: the DREAM 6800, COSMAC VIP, Telmac 1800 and ETI-660.

Extensions to CHIP-8 have existed since the 1970s, With some conflicting with each-other.[2][3] Most extensions have limited support outside of the interpreter they were made for. The most supported extensions are S-CHIP and XO-CHIP.

For information on CHIP-8 extensions see: CHIP-8 extensions and compatibility by the CHIP-8 Research Facility

Interpreters[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version Libretro Core Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Cadmium Windows Linux macOS 1.1.8 High
chip8swemu Windows Linux git Mid
DSP Windows Linux macOS git ? ?
JAXE Windows Linux [N 1] git
libretro core
? ?
Vision-8 Windows MS-DOS UNIX 1.0 ? NC ?
OmniChip-8 Windows Linux git ? ?
Pin8 Haiku git ? NC ?
CHIP-8 Emulator KolibriOS git ? ?
CHIP-8 ZealOS git ? ?
Mobile / ARM
ChipChip Android 1.8.0 Mid
Chip8 Java Android ? Low ~
iPhone-Chip-8-Emulator iOS git ? ~
PalmChip8 PalmOS 1.0 ? ? ?
DALE-8 KaiOS git ? [N 2] ?
Pico-CHIP8 Linux ARM git ? ?
MeltChip BlackBerry PlayBook git ? ?
Web browsers
Octo Web Website
git
High
Cadmium Web Website
git
High
Silicon8 Web Website
git
?
Chip8.js Web Website
git
?
Flip8 Redux Web NewGrounds ? ? ?
Consoles
CHIP Emulator Xbox One 1 Mid ?
Chip8x Xbox v5 ? ? ?
CHIP8 Emulator Wii U 2.2 Mid
Chippy Wii 1.0 ?
Chip 8 Emulator GameCube 1.0a ? ?
Chip8-n64 Nintendo 64 git Mid
PsChip8 PlayStation git Mid
Super-Chip8x Super Nintendo git Mid
CHIP8 TO SMD Genesis 2.0 Mid
NES-CHIP-8 NES git ? ?
Chip8-NX Switch git Mid ~
Chip8 Emulator PlayStation 4 POC Low ? ~
CHIP8 PlayStation 3
PlayStation 2
v1 ? ? ?
Chip8-3DO 3DO git Low-Mid ~
Whack-a-Mole Dreamcast 0.900 ? ? ?
CrabEmu Dreamcast 0.2.0 ? ?
CHIP-8 emulator Saturn ? ? ? !
chipce8 PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 git ? !
CHIP-F8 Channel F git ? ?
Handhelds
Chip8me Nintendo DS 1.0 ?
DrChip 8 GameBoy Advance 09/20/02 ?
Chip-3DS Nintendo 3DS 1.0 Mid ? ~
GB-8 Game Boy git Mid
Vision-8 for Gameboy Game Boy 1.0 ? NC ?
OmniChip-8 Game Boy git ? ?
PSPChip8 PSP 1.0 Low ~
Chip8 Emulator PSP 1.0 Beta Low
DreamChip PSP V4 Low
Chips1 WonderSwan git ? ?
Chip8Pd Playdate git ? ? ?
C8 GP32 0.2 ? ? ?
Chip8 Atari Lynx ? ? ? ?
Chip-8-Pokitto Pokitto git ? ? ?
CHIP-8 mini Pokemon Mini git ? ?
Calculators
Chip8Emu TI-Nspire 1.2.2 Mid
Schip8fx Casio AFX
Fx-9860
1.11.0 Mid ?
C8SALT TI-84 series git ?
Chip-84 TI84+CE git ? ?
Chip84CE TI84+CE git ? ?
Chip8-TI68k TI-68k git ? ?
Vinegar TI-83
TI-83 Plus
1.1 ? ?
Microcontrollers
8boy Arduino git ? ?
ESPboy CHIP8 ESPboy git ? ?
ESP32TinyChip8 ESP32 git ? ?
Chip-8 STM32 STM32 git ? ?
chip8-stm32 STM32 git ? ?
TIVA8 TM4C123 git ? ?
ByteBoy MSP430 git ? ? ?
Firmware
CHIP-8 UEFI UEFI git ? ?
GPCHIP Miyoo 0.0.1 ?
PluginChip8 RockBox ? ? ?
Home computers
Chip-8 Atari 8-bit git ? ?
Chip09 Tandy CoCo 2
Dragon 32/64
git ? ? ?
Vision-8 AmigaOS
ColecoVision
Coleco ADAM
1.0 ? NC ?
CHIP-OTTO ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum Next
Cambridge Z88
? ? ?
Chip8 AmigaOS ? ? ? ?
C64 Chip-8 Commodore 64 git ? ?
OmniChip-8 Commodore 64 git ? ?
Vic-20 Chip-8 Emulator VIC-20 1.11 ? ?
CHIP-8 Simulator BBC/Master BBC Micro
BBC Master
? ? ? ?
Chip-8 RiscOS 26-Jan-98 ? ? ?
Fantasy Computers
minimicro-chip8 MiniMicro git ? ?
CHIP-8 Emulator PICO-8 1.5 ? ? ?
CHIP-80 TIC-80 ? ? ? ?
Text editor
chip-8.nvim NeoVim git ? ?
chip8.el Emacs git ? ? ?
Game Engine
CHIP8-GM GameMaker git ? ?
E2-CHIP-8-interpreter Garry's Mod git ? ? ?
Chip8Unity Unity git ? ?
Chip8Interpreter4Unity Unity git ? ? ?
Megazeux CHIP-8 Emulator Megazeux ? ? ? ?
Other
chip8 Sharp PC-1350
PC-1360
PC-2500
git ? ?
Chip-84 Rainmeter Edition Rainmeter git ? ? ?
flipper-chip Flipper Zero git ? ?
CHIP-8 console on FPGA TinyFPGA BX git ? ?

Comparisons[edit]

Interpreter CHIP-8 S-CHIP XO-CHIP Other
Cadium [4]
chip8swemu
DSP [5]
JAXE [6]
Vision-8
OmniChip-8
Pin8
CHIP-8 emulator (KolibriOS)
CHIP-8 (ZealOS)
ChipChip ? [7]
iPhone-Chip-8-Emulator
PalmChip8
DALE-8
Pico-CHIP8
MeltChip
Octo ?
Silicon8 ~ ~
Chip8.js
Flip8 Redux
CHIP Emulator (Xbox one)
Chip8x
CHIP8 Emulator (Wii U)
Chippy
Chip 8 Emulator (GameCube)
Chip8-n64
PsChip8
Super-Chip8x
CHIP8 TO SMD
NES-CHIP-8
Chip8-NX
Chip-8 emulator (PS4)
Chip8 (PS2/PS3)
Chip8-3DO
Whack-a-Mole
CrabEmu
CHIP-8 emulator (DreamCast)
chipce8
CHIP-F8
Chip8me
DrChip 8
Chip-3DS
GB-8
pspchip8
Chip8 Emulator (PSP)
DreamChip
Chips1
Chip8Pd
C8
Chip8 (Lynx)
Chip-8-Pokitto
CHIP-8 mini
Chip8Emu
Schip8fx
C8SALT ~
Chip84CE
Chip8-TI68k
Vinegar
8boy
ESPboy CHIP8
ESP32TinyChip8
Chip-8 STM32 [8]
CHIP 8 emulator (STM32)
TIVA8
ByteBoy
CHIP-8 UEFI
GPCHIP
PluginChip8
Chip-8 (Atari 8-bit)
Chip09
CHIP-OTTO
Chip8 (Amiga)
C64 Chip-8
Vic-20 Chip-8 Emulator
CHIP-8 Simulator BBC/Master
Chip-8 (RISC OS)
minimicro-chip8
CHIP-8 Emulator (PICO-8)
CHIP-80
chip-8.nvim ~ ~
chip8.el
CHIP8-GM
E2-CHIP-8-interpreter
Chip8Unity
Chip8Interpreter4Unity
Megazeux CHIP-8 Emulator ~
chip8 (PC-1350/PC-1360/PC-2500)
Chip-84 Rainmeter Edition
flipper-chip
fpga-chip8

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. Only available outside of Windows and Linux as a libretro core (e.g., RetroArch).
  2. DALE-8 is public domain