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Dreamcast emulator Flycast adds a Vulkan renderer

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There seems to be quite a lot of interest in Vulkan lately, as more projects begin using it. Now we have the Dreamcast emulator Flycast adding Vulkan support.

In the technical blog post announcing it on the Libretro site, it gives a bit of brief history of the Dreamcast GPU and mentions the usual "less overhead, more reliability and better performance in many cases" when it comes to using Vulkan although it's a lot more complicated to use.

They said Vulkan support in Flycast works across Linux, Windows and Android and it should already be on par with the OpenGL renderer "with the notable exception of lightgun crosshair and VMU screens display, which will be added soon". According to the post, the newest Nightly build should have Vulkan in which you can find and download the Flycast Core here.

I actually had a Dreamcast! With some really fond memories of playing through Phantasy Star Online, Crazy Taxi, ChuChu Rocket!, Shenmue and various Sonic games. Being able to easily play some again on Linux thanks to Flycast and RetroArch is awesome.

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vipor29 12 December 2019 at 1:44 pm UTC
they also have reicast as well for linux which runs quite a bit of games even on lower end hardware.
kokoko3k 12 December 2019 at 3:31 pm UTC
Reicast is no longer developed; the main contender is now redream, which is now closed source and costs 5$.
Anyway, i'm playing skies of arcadia with my daughter lately; having a real good time!
Hoping they add vmu display soon, as the game requires it to fully enjoy Cupil and chems and the opengl renderer struggles if you enable high resolution rendering and per pixel alpha sorting.
vipor29 12 December 2019 at 6:07 pm UTC
redream only costs $5 if you want hd,its still free.well worth it and i paid the $5 seeing it runs mostly all the games i want.
Desum 12 December 2019 at 7:03 pm UTC
It's nice to see Saturn AND Dreamcast emulation finally making big strides.
BrazilianGamer 12 December 2019 at 8:38 pm UTC
#VulkanRules
Desum 13 December 2019 at 3:22 am UTC
linuxcityredream only costs $5 if you want hd,its still free.well worth it and i paid the $5 seeing it runs mostly all the games i want.
Proprietary emulation is really not a thing we should be encouraging. Flycast is doing more good work with this and the OSS bios replacement anyway.
ElectricPrism 13 December 2019 at 11:25 am UTC
Desum
linuxcityredream only costs $5 if you want hd,its still free.well worth it and i paid the $5 seeing it runs mostly all the games i want.
Proprietary emulation is really not a thing we should be encouraging. Flycast is doing more good work with this and the OSS bios replacement anyway.

Agree. We should throw money at them in donation form, not purchase form.
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