Dolphin is an emulator of Game Cube and Nintendo Wii that besides the PC is also available on Android. With the advancement of mobile devices, it is now possible to emulate several old mobile games, including Resident Evil 4 . Here’s how to set up the Dolphin emulator to get the best performance and leave many games at 30fps or more with normal audio.
Remember that for Game Cube emulator and Nintendo Wii on Android you need to have a powerful and updated device. The Android 7.0 Nougat is essential for emulation. We will not post game links because you need to have the game on physical media to be able to emulate it.
See How to Download the Dolphin Emulator Direct from the Android Phone
The advancement of Game Cube and Nintendo Wii emulation on Android
The Dolphin emulator has undergone many improvements in a short time. Although audio is still a problem, it is now possible to play at 30fps in most games. Games like Resident Evil 4 run with ease on devices like Lenovo ZUK Z2, Leeco Le Max 2, Galaxy S7 and the like.
This breakthrough is due to new configuration modes and to Android 7.0. But mainly to the abandonment of the support of the 32 bits. With the 64-bit focus, the leap was huge and the people who collaborate with Dolphin are already starting testing with the Vulkan (experimental) API, which promises to make the emulator even faster.
– Better setting to run games over 30fps
We will show here two types of configuration to be performed in Dolphin. The first one is through the emulator’s own interface.
Dolphin already comes with a good default setting, but you can optimize more. Go to the chip icon in the upper right corner and confirm that the following options are selected:
Step 1. Touch CPU and confirm that you are in JIT ARM64 Recompiler.
Step 2. Dual Core marked.
Step 3. Override Emulated CPU Clock Speed dialed.
Step 4. Emulated CPI Clock Speed >> 40% (if you can not get 40% accurate do not worry, we can configure this again via text).
Step 5. Leave the rest as is.
Step 6. Touch save (a floppy disk icon at the top of the screen).
Step 7. Back in the Dolphin splash screen, go to a graphical (landscape) icon to configure the graphics specifications of the emulator.
Step 8. Tap Visual Backend and confirm that it is in OpenGL. Do not try Vulkan. This option is currently experimental.
Step 9. The Show FPS option is at your discretion, it shows how many frames per second the emulator makes in each game, in real time.
Step 10. Here begins the configuration of truth. Leave everything to a minimum as the pictures are low.
- Internal Resolution >> 1x native (640 × 528).
- Full-scene Anti-aliasing >> 1x.
- Anisotropic Filtering >> 1x.
- Scaled EFB Copy >> Leave unchecked.
- Per-Pixel Lighting >> Leave unchecked.
- Force Texture Filtering >> Leave unchecked.
- Disable Fog >> unchecked. (It works in some games and others do not, this option disables the fog).
Step 11. Touch the save (floppy) icon.
It’s time for the Hacks. These options make it possible to improve the performance of the emulator. They may leave the audio more broken, but it greatly improves the performance of the game visually.
Step 12. Check the “Skip EFB Access from CPU”, “Ignore Form Changes” options.
Step 13. Leave “Store EFB Copies to Textyre Only” unselected (This option must be tested game by game).
Step 14. Confirm that “Texture Cache Accuracy” is set to Low
Step 15. The GPU Texture Decoding option should be tested game by game.
Step 16. Confirm External Frame Buffer is Disabled
Step 17. Check the Depth Calculation option
Step 18. Finally choose the aspect of the screen. Here’s to taste, but for maximum performance leave in Force 4: 3.
Step 19. Finish tapping save (floppy disk icon)
These were the ready settings to let your Dolphin round. If you are still experiencing many problems to start the games, we will now move to hardcore mode, where we will configure the emulator on the nail, or rather, directly in your INI configuration file.
Text-based configuration for maximum performance of the Dolphin emulator
For this special setup, you will need an explorer and file editor, choose one of your preference. For this tutorial we will use the popular ES Explorer.
You must have opened the emulator and tested at least one game on it. Do this and then make sure the emulator is closed.
Step 1. Open ES Explorer
Step 2. Locate the grazing “Dolphin-emu” (It usually stays in the root, but may vary depending on your device).
Step 3. Within Dolphin-Emu, go to Config and then tap the Dolphin.ini file. Choose the ES Note Editor option.
Step 4. With the file open, touch the edit button. Here it is necessary to do exactly what is quoted, putting the numbers and letters exactly as described.
Step 5. Locate the line “Emulation Speed = 1.0” and change the 1.0 by 9.0.
Step 6. Locate “EnableCheats = False” and change False to True (be careful with the shell).
Step 7. Locate Frameskip = 0x0000000 and change the 0x0000000 to 0x99999999.
Step 8. Locate Overclock = 1.0 and switch 1.0 by 0.40
Step 9. Just below this line is OverClockEnablet = False, change False to True.
Step 10. Locate SyncGPUMaxDistance = 200000, swap 200000 for 220000.
Step 11. Just below is SyncGPUMinDistance = -200000, switch -200000 to -220000.
Step 12. Below is SyncGPUOverClock = 1.0, change 1.0 by 2.5.
Step 13. Finish on the Save icon
Video with the configuration step by step:
And at the moment these are the settings to improve the performance of the Dolphin Emulator. This tutorial was made in the development version 5.0. As the emulator progresses, let’s update the post.
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