Although it’s been in the works for some time, a few days ago LoveMHz announced that he has gotten N64 emulation running on the Xbox 360 😀
About Love364, yes I changed the name ;D Currently we have the core, RSP, and audio implemented. Alot of work so far. Now what about video? Well it seems that every video plugin out there either uses OpenGL or DirectX with Fixed Pixel Pipelines which the Xbox360 does not support. Also due to the differences between Fixed Pixel Pipe-lining and HLSL a simple rewrite isn’t possible. So with the advice and over look of Zezu I have decided to write my own up to date graphics and RDP part of the emulation instead of hacking around Rice’s video code. Not much progress so far, expect I have been able to process and sort out the commands coming from the RSP. Still a lot of work todo. And thus the reason there isn’t any screenshots yet.
The general scoop of this is simple massive. Things can easily go wrong with around 20 basic commands and over 1,000 calls a second just for graphics. I easily I have my work cut out, even when I’m spending 10-12 hours a day coding.
Writing my own graphics plugin and RDP code has it’s pros, even though this just seems like a major set back.
Pros and Ideas:
* High Anti-aliasing Support
* HLSL per texture scripting
* Shaders, Bloom, and HDR possibilities.
* Texture Scaling via HLSL.
So in general Love364 will hopefully redefine how N64 emulation looks and runs.
Current Emulation Status
Currently we are still running on one CPU core with little to no optimization with everything run minus graphics at around %50 of the N64 speed. I’ve yet to look into dynrec or inline function calling, but when the time comes there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to easily hit 100% speed on emulation.