The new Xbox Series S and X have a vast library of games, but a new emulator expands that collection even further. Setup isn’t simple, but once you’ve taken the necessary steps, the new Dolphin emulator lets you play almost any GameCube or Wii game on your Xbox console.
The Dolphin emulator for UWP was first released in beta on December 6, 2022. Since then, it has received a few updates, reaching version 1.02. It’s worth noting that emulators fall into a legal gray area.
The new Dolphin is capable of upscaling games up to 1440p, plus it can also play titles in their original resolution if you prefer. With mods, you can use HD texture packs to make games look more modern and with higher resolution.
The emulator also supports a broadband adapter, but the usefulness of this varies greatly depending on the game you want to play online. For example, Mario Kart Double Dash would require separate software to access the online mode.
Emulation is nothing new on the Xbox Series S/X or other consoles, and was even encouraged by Phil Spencer himself, but the Dolphin emulator has some advantages over other options. As highlighted by Modern Vintage Gamer, the emulator is much easier to set up and use than RetroArch. The standalone Dolphin UWP port for Xbox also offers better performance.
Of course, you can’t just download the Dolphin emulator through the Microsoft Store. The easiest way to install the emulator is to enable developer mode in the console. It is also possible to configure using retail mode. A computer is required to configure the Xbox controller and other parts of the system. You should also have a USB storage device handy.
In recent years, companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have been working on services that guarantee access to great games from the past through the latest consoles, but still, there are still many games that cannot be played today, making emulation the only option. alternative for this.