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Breath of the Wild Nearly Running on PC Via CEMU Emulator

The folks trying to get Breath of the Wild running on CEMU show off another milestone.

News by Mike Williams, .

It looks like some fan programmers are remarkably close to getting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on the CEMU emulator. In a video posted some hours ago, the group shows off their progress. The first preview video showed only the game's starting cave, running poorly on a PC with an i7-4790K and a GTX 780, according to CEMU developer Exzap at the time.

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"Video was recorded on following specs: i7-4790K, GTX 780, 8GB RAM. I choose to not alter the speed of the video to best represent how it actually runs," said Exzap on Reddit just over two weeks ago.

"Lots of bugs that make the game unplayable. Physics glitches, rune abilities that require object selection don't work, no water collision, etc. Essentially it's impossible to leave the tutorial area without using a save. What you see in the video is pretty much what you will get. The remaining issues take longer to fix and performance will also not change."

The framerate is still dodgy, but it's definitely playable, approaching how the game can on Nintendo's own platforms. With today's preview video, Exzap has promised a release changelog that should highlight the changes made that vastly improve the performance of Breath of the Wild in CEMU.

CEMU has been a contentious project overall, even in the emulation community. While previous emulators like Dolphin, which allowed players to enjoy Wii and GameCube games on PC, are open-source and free, CEMU is closed and funded through Patreon. Currently, the CEMU team is receiving $22,015 per month from 5,161 patrons on the service.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    Once they get it working full scale I would love to go through Zelda again and experience it at 4K and 60 frames!Edited 2 times. Last edited March 2017 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for camchow #2 camchow A year ago
    Seeing how well this thing handles these games I am tempted to try it for Breath of the Wild and Xenoblade Chronicles X. I never got around to getting a Wii U but man I do want to try those games. Though even if I buy the games I still feel a bit, idk, shifty to play them on my PC if I never really bought the system they were meant for.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #3 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    That's pretty awesome but have they heard of a Switch? It can already play breath of the wild without all that mucking around ;)Edited March 2017 by Jonnyboy407
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #4 cldmstrsn A year ago
  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #5 Modern-Clix A year ago
    Am I the only one that feels this is wrong? I definitely understand emulation for old discontinued games, especially when publishers don't care about preserving there work.

    But emulating a recently released game?

    I don't agree with this...
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  • Avatar for Lopson #6 Lopson A year ago
    The stark difference between Dolphin and Cemu when it comes to project management will ultimately cost a lot to Cemu itself.

    The open-source nature of Dolphin has propelled the project to a level of its own, where the dozens of contributors, all validating each other's work, has allowed the emulator to go from a conglomerate of hacks that allowed it to run a few games well and others horribly to a state of very accurate emulation, ever geting closer to the original hardware.

    While Dolphin has been making an effort to serve as an example of longevity and software preservation, Cemu does away with all of the lessons learned by the most well-documented emulation project ever. The closed-source nature of its code alone is enough to raise many doubts about the accuracy of the emulation, which most definitely results in sub-par reproduction of the WiiU's games. Not to mention the big unknows this project has in its future, like handling interoperability with the Wii and the Gamecube, handling of weird peripherals like the GC Controller Adapter, and other things.

    I do hope they eventually release the source code, but until WiiU emulation becomes more mature, there'll still be plenty of loleny consoles to get to play games like Zelda.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #7 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    @Modern-Clix it's a bit of a gray area. Creating an emulator that can play games on hardware for which it was not originally designed is not illegal but downloading a ROM for the actual game to play on the emulator is (as far as I know)

    So, making emulators has value in a historical sense because it can make it easier to perverse games and make them available across a variety of platforms and outlets. However, it seems that the vast majority of emulators are used for less than ethical purposes.

    The shadiness is amplified by the fact that Zelda is brand spanking new. There are some shenanigans happening here.

    I'm not really that knowledge on the subject. Someone who knows more help me out
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  • Avatar for Modern-Clix #8 Modern-Clix A year ago
    @Jonnyboy407 Oh I agree. It is a gray area, and I've used emulators back in college to play old games and just now I hacked my NES to load even more games. I also know that I can't buy these games anymore and they are never going to re-release. And I added the old Disney games from Capcom but you can bet I also plan on buying the Disney collection coming out soon. Heck if it comes out for Switch I will probably double dip.

    But considering the expense and rarity of older games, I will take a shot of the dark and most people do not own he original game in order to dump the rom. I will also make an assumption that most of the people who say they do own them are not being honest. It's okay, I also don't have 100 bones to slap down for a copy of Duck Tales plus an original console in good condition plus modding it so it will play nice on modern televisions.

    I agree emulators are vital for preservation, but with the Wii U and they were pumping those out while there system and games are still available and people choosing to not buy the system or even the games when they can emulate it, and Breath of The Wild just came out and at GAF alone there are already people withholding buying the game.

    I just think it feels wrong. If you want to play those games, support the console and the games. Once everything is discontinued and finding a copy of a game, sure, but for now? Feels weird.
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  • Avatar for sunotenko #9 sunotenko A year ago
    @Modern-Clix There's more to that than the facts you pointed. The developers of CEMU are making tons of money with Patreon. The backers receive the most recent build early and that's the reason why the project is closed sourced. It's sure that emulators are legal per se, however profiting with reverse engineering to play a recent released game doesn't fell right, specially when this title is the main game avaliable on another new plataform.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #10 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    @otenko ooooo... if I understand you correctly, that sounds shady as shit...
    @modern-clix and it's not as if your 100 clams would go to anyone involved in the game. Just some rando on Amazon or ebay
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