reicast

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reicast
Reicast.png
Developer(s) reicast Team
Latest version r8.1
Active Yes
Platform(s) Android, Linux, Windows
Emulates Dreamcast
Website reicast Site
Source code GitHub

reicast is an open-source Dreamcast emulator produced currently for Android, Linux, and Windows. It is based on the source code of nullDC and nullDCe, existing Dreamcast emulators for Windows and Android, respectively.

Downloads[edit]

Other platforms[edit]

The developers have stated[citation needed] that they want to port the emulator to the following platforms in addition to what it already supports:

x86[edit]

  • OS X
  • Android

MIPS[edit]

  • Linux
  • Android

PPC[edit]

Libretro cores[edit]

Two reicast cores on libretro called Reicast OIT and Reicast regular were introduced in June 2018 that replace the original core. These cores backport changes from flyinghead's fork that rework the rendering system. The regular core is compliant with OpenGL 3 and GLSL 1.30 in order to support mobile devices and mid-tier PCs. The OIT core supports a graphics feature of the Dreamcast called Order-Independent Transparency that can only be properly emulated using OpenGL 4.3 and later, so it's only available for Windows and Linux at the moment.

Availability of versions[edit]

Supported GPU features[edit]

  • Tile clipping support
  • Fogging support
  • Volume modifier shadow support
  • Multipass rendering (enabled by default for non-OIT)
  • Render to texture buffer
  • Log 2 depth buffer
  • Order independent transparency (OIT only)
  • Two-volume mode support (OIT only)
  • Accumulation Pixel Buffer Size core option (OIT only. Can be set to 512MB, 1GB or 2GB, depending on how much VRAM your video card has. May help with correct output at higher resolutions.)
  • 64-bit dynarec (Fixes Shenmue 1/2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Heavy Metal Geomatrix)
  • Flat shading and bump-mapping
  • Trilinear filtering (Video)
  • Improved palette/YUV texture quality (Converts to 32-bit colors instead of RGB565; i.e. lossless quality of background textures in Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare and is equal to DEmul and redream.)
  • Display VMU screens in-game (Positioning, opacity levels and sizing available. Can also show all 4 attached VMU screens at once.)
  • Extra Depth Scaling (Fixes graphics in Samurai Shodown VI (NAOMI).)

Misc features and enhancements[edit]

Supported platforms[edit]