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DOSBox Staging 0.79.0 is out now

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DOSBox Staging is a fork of the original DOSBox aimed at getting new features in faster, along with a better overall experience for users.

A new release with version 0.79.0 is out adding in lots of audio improvements like the ultra-rare AdLib Gold surround sound daughterboard is now emulated, DOSBox Staging can now accurately emulate the low-pass filter (and sometimes a high-pass filter too) that most DOS-era sound cards feature, filtering for small-speaker audio systems (PC Speaker, PS/1 Audio, Tandy, and the various LPT DAC options) to give a better experience and a new crossfeed option to mix the channels for some audio that might only play on one ear. There's even more like a chorus effect, adding stereo movement and increases the perceived stereo width, which is especially noticeable on purely mono signals on headphones.

There's also various graphical improvements like a shader reload shortcut, it is possible to override the default, canonical interpretation of the 16-colour CGA/EGA RGBI palette, improved scaling, window transparency support, a new Constant Frame Rate (CFR) presentation mode, which presents a constant frame rate defined by the emulated DOS rate and more.

The ability to mount physical CDs is now (re-)implemented in DOSBox Staging for better compatibility with games like Under a Killing Moon, System Shock, and The Pandora Directive. There's a huge amount more to it that you can read about here.

For Linux users, Luxtorpeda also has support for this new release so you can easily use it with Steam games. You can install it via ProtonUp-Qt two tools I've covered numerous times now like here and here.

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I am super thankful for DosBox Staging since we use it for old business software. None of the audio/graphics upgrades matter to me since I don't use it for gaming, but I am very glad there is still an active dev community!
Craggles086 22 Sep
So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
whizse 22 Sep
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Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
Just to be clear, despite the name, this is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox:
https://dosbox-staging.github.io/about/

(Yes, it's a confusing name considering the Wine and Wine-staging relationship which is quite different.)

Both projects might reach 1.0 at some point, but they have different developers and different goals.
Phlebiac 23 Sep
Quoting: whizsethis is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox
they have different developers and different goals.

The original project has been stagnant for years now, so I don't expect they have any goals?
Craggles086 23 Sep
Quoting: whizse
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
Just to be clear, despite the name, this is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox:
https://dosbox-staging.github.io/about/

(Yes, it's a confusing name considering the Wine and Wine-staging relationship which is quite different.)

Both projects might reach 1.0 at some point, but they have different developers and different goals.

What goals do the guys behind DOSBox staging have besides continuing / improving development?

Ok, so I approve of some goals..

- Improve the out-of-the-box experience for new users.

Not sure I approve of all the goals..

- [we are Not] Being the fastest DOS emulator on x86 hardware. Linux users interested in emulation speed should look at dosemu2.

Pinball Dreams had some brilliant sound effects on the old PC hardware, which the current DosBox struggles to reproduce because it runs too slow. I gather DosBox staging will not be improving things here, despite its emphasis on games.

Future goals.. Support for VR??
Hardly mission critical for a Dos emulator..

https://github.com/dosbox-staging/dosbox-staging/projects/3


Last edited by Craggles086 on 23 September 2022 at 3:58 am UTC
emphy 23 Sep
[quote=Craggles086][quote=whizse]
Quoting: Craggles086...

Future goals.. Support for VR??
Hardly mission critical for a Dos emulator..

https://github.com/dosbox-staging/dosbox-staging/projects/3

Am I missing something? VR is in the suggested features list, not the planned ones. Besides, emulating old dos-connected vr devices on modern ones would certainly be suitable for a gaming-centered dos emulator.


Last edited by emphy on 23 September 2022 at 4:52 am UTC
Craggles086 23 Sep
[quote=emphy][quote=Craggles086]
Quoting: whizse
Quoting: Craggles086...

Future goals.. Support for VR??
Hardly mission critical for a Dos emulator..

https://github.com/dosbox-staging/dosbox-staging/projects/3

Am I missing something? VR is in the suggested features list, not the planned ones. Besides, emulating old dos-connected vr devices on modern ones would certainly be suitable for a gaming-centered dos emulator.

Ok,

But if you hope to have DosBox running on all platforms, then it would just be mean spirited to rule out Occulus.
Pit 23 Sep
Quoting: Craggles086No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?

Hey, 0.8 is the new 2.0
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?

Yes but dos box is not in active development so never for 1.0 but dosbox staging may well do as it's actively in development
slaapliedje 24 Sep
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Quoting: whizse
Quoting: Craggles086So the official DOSBox is version 0.74-3, and this Staging is version 0.79.

No one thinks we might be ready for a version 1 yet, after how many years of DOSBox?
Just to be clear, despite the name, this is a separate fork and project from the original DosBox:
https://dosbox-staging.github.io/about/

(Yes, it's a confusing name considering the Wine and Wine-staging relationship which is quite different.)

Both projects might reach 1.0 at some point, but they have different developers and different goals.
It's even sillier to think that DosBox-X is yet another project as well.

Curious; Luxtorpeda supports DosBox Staging? I thought Boxtron would be the one to support that, as Luxtorpeda is more about installing native open source engines that are available for Windows only games (for example, Morrowind, Arx Fatalis, etc). Roberta is for ScummVM games of course.
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