MSX emulators

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The MSX computer
MSX is a Z80-based family of home computers, designed by Microsoft in cooperation with ASCII Corporation, which appeared in 1983. They were popular in Asian, South American and European countries as well as the former Soviet Union, but they are virtually unknown in USA.

The games came either as casettes or floppy disks, but only the former are preserved on the No-Intro set for now. You'll also need an extensive BIOS pack, though RA's bluemsx core only requires four. There's game manager tools to help with configuring which BIOS and games comes with which feature. The Japanese Wii Virtual Console also included basic MSX-2 emulation.

Emulators[edit]

PC
Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Accuracy Libretro Core Recommended
blueMSX Windows, Multi-platform* 2.8.2 Cycle
openMSX Multi-platform 0.14.0 Very High
MAME Multi-platform 0.187 High
MSXPLAYer Windows ? Mid
fMSX Multi-platform 4.9.2 Mid
Mobile
blueMSX Windows, Multi-platform* 2.8.2 Cycle
fMSX Multi-platform 4.9.2 Mid
MSX.emu Android 1.5.34 ?

* Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).

Comparison[edit]

  • blueMSX is open source and cycle accurate with very high compatibility.
  • openMSX is open source and in active development. In recent years, it has surpassed blueMSX in terms of accuracy.

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