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'''UltraHLE''' was a freeware [[Nintendo 64 Emulators|Nintendo 64]] emulator which gained notoriety for being the first to run commercial games at full speed on the hardware of the time.
 
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Revision as of 12:18, 8 October 2015

Current version: 1.0.0
Active: No
OS: Windows
Authors: RealityMan and Epsilon
Official website: Official site
Source code: UltraHLE Source Code 1.0.0

UltraHLE was a freeware Nintendo 64 emulator which gained notoriety for being the first to run commercial games at full speed on the hardware of the time.

Downloads

History

The Nintendo 64 was just about three years old at the time of UltraHLE's release, and while there were earlier projects aiming to emulate the console's inner workings, UltraHLE was the first to run games at playable speed on a typical Pentium II/III system with a decent GPU. While emulators for earlier systems concentrated on simulating operations at a lower level (although they too, like NESticle and ZSNES, resort to game-specific hacks and other shortcuts for games to be playable on modest hardware), co-authors Epsilon and RealityMan took a different approach through intercepting C calls and using libraries to respond to them. This also led to a strange situation, especially with later NES/SNES emulators, where in that emulating the Nintendo 64 would at the very least call for the same, if not lower-end hardware, compared to emulating an early console in an accurate fashion.

UltraHLE also used the Glide API, which has since fallen out of use due to being specific to 3dfx adapters. Due to its popularity, several Glide to DirectX translation utilities were made specifically for UltraHLE for non-3dfx video cards.

As it was released at the time when the console was still profitable, Nintendo took offence and threatened the authors with legal action. This, along with pressure from users, has led to Epsilon and RealityMan discontinuing the emulator.

Review

Other than being of historical value and for the distinction of trolling Nintendo while they were still marketing the console, users are generally better off with newer emulators due to its limited compatibility and dependence on the Glide API.