Reply 20 of 26, by eddman
pentiumspeed wrote on 2023-01-25, 21:27:
Now you mention the Dolphin, developers released new one and even this requires Series S or Series X to run properly and needing so much power in GPU and processor turns me off as the idea of emulating since, without needing to buy so many dying older consoles. That's lot of space to take up which I have need to rebuild, repair and test. Whole thing about emulating is to get anyone interested to play old games with their computer that aren't high end, mostly low to mid end.
The UWP version is a fork (the mainline Dolphin doesn't have a UWP build yet). It requires an Xbox Series, because Xbox One's AMD Jaguar CPU is very weak, even for back then in 2013.
That requirement, however, has no bearing on the PC version. You can get a relatively ok performance even with 12 years old i5 CPUs and 10-11 years old higher midrange Geforce 600 cards. The only issue with the latter is that nvidia no longer provides drivers for it (except security ones), so compatibility will get worse over time.
7 years old Skylakes and 6 years old Geforce 10 cards have no issues.
Yes, you can't get a very good performance on hardware older than that, but it's unrealistic to expect software to stay static forever. Core 2 is close to 17 years old.