Sega Dreamcast emulators

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The Sega Dreamcast and controller
The Dreamcast is a sixth-generation console released by Sega in November 1998 in Japan and later in 1999 in other territories. Naomi, an arcade system board similar to the Dreamcast, is supported by some Dreamcast emulators. Atomiswave is an arcade system board that is based upon Naomi.

Emulators

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Naomi Atomiswave Windows CE Recommended
DEmul Windows 0.7A
reicast Android, Linux, Windows Dev builds ? ?
nullDC Windows 1.0.4 r150
Makaron Windows T12/5
Chankast Windows 0.25
Lxdream Linux, OS X 0.9.1
nullDCe Android Leaked Alpha
redream Linux, Windows, OS X dev builds
WashingtonDC Linux GitHub

Comparisons

  • DEmul has the highest compatibility and is the most accurate Dreamcast emulator. But there may be some games that work better on NullDC or reicast, so it's a good idea to try them all. Supports Windows CE games but in general they run worse than standard Dreamcast titles.
  • Makaron one of the only two Dreamcast emulator that can properly play games which use Windows CE.
  • NullDC is no longer developed and is replaced by Reicast, which is made by the same team. Thus, using the latter is more recommended.

Emulation issues

Dreamcast emulation is not very good. Some games work well, but many have problems and glitches.

VMU Emulation

While current Dreamcast emulators can display the VMU display when the game is running, none of them can be used to play the minigames which were made to run on the VMU. To play those minigames you'll need to use another emulator. There is no complete list of VMU emulators and the ones which can be found are poorly documented and/or closed source.

Downloads

VMU emulation

Emulating the dreamcast VMU is possible via use of this emulator: Dropbox link

Link to forum thread about it