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paraLLel, a Vulkan renderer for the N64 emulator used by RetroArch

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RetroArch now has a pre-alpha Vulkan renderer for their N64 emulator. This is pretty cool to see and hopefully it helps performance.

You can see a demo video of it in action here:
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This is a standalone libretro core for now that we keep separate from the regular Mupen64plus libretro core that it is based on. It includes only a Vulkan rendering backend and a low-level RSP. This core will only work right now if you are running it with a Vulkan driver.

In the future, paraLLEl will be the new name for our N64 emulator which (while initially starting out as a Mupen64plus core) has grown into its very own entity.

It seems to work on AMD, Nvidia and Intel. Intel was initially problematic, but with the help of Mesa developer Jason Ekstrand they have been able to sort it out.

See the full announcement here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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leillo1975 20 July 2016 at 2:27 pm UTC
It's time to play again Mario64 and Ocarina of time?

I installed repository and downloaded retroarch, but when I do a Online updater I dont see Core Updater to install Nintendo 64 (ParaLLEl)
johndoe86x 20 July 2016 at 8:10 pm UTC
I'm pretty excited about what Vulkan is able to do for emulation. On the downside regarding this new method from Libreto, you cannot enhance the internal resolution. Meaning you must play at the N64's native resolution, and can't scale your game to 1080p (or on up). For me, personally, that detracts one of the main reasons for emulation.
ElectricPrism 20 July 2016 at 8:36 pm UTC
RetroArch never installed right on my last Archlinux, I couldn't get it working.

Anywho, scaling up to 1920x1080 or 3840x2160 is essential at some point.

It's nice to have a emulator that takes care of all of the parts that muphen64 doesnt - CLI configuration and saving doesn't sound fun to me. I'm amazed they have no GUI.
ProfessorKaos64 22 July 2016 at 6:34 pm UTC
leillo1975It's time to play again Mario64 and Ocarina of time?

I installed repository and downloaded retroarch, but when I do a Online updater I dont see Core Updater to install Nintendo 64 (ParaLLEl)
The article notes it is still part of mupen64plus for now.
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