As some of you may know I am not a large fan of gaming original systems but also want to dabble in the dark art of emulation. Yes, I know many purists will soon be hitting the back button in disgust — however I’m of the view that emulation has a place in every retro gamer’s lifetime. Emulation allows you to experience games in near pixel-perfection which you can never be able to afford or find and by a historical perspective it’s a great way to record and catalog names that would otherwise vanish.
My selection of emulation tool is a self-modded first (some call it’classic’ today ) Microsoft XBox. I’ve been asked on many occasions about the way to mod an XBox and what a modded XBox is, so within this series of articles I will show you the capacities of my two components and explain to you how you can go about getting your own.Read more romshub.com At website Articles
I decided to use this particular hardware after stumbling across websites run by fans and finding how enormous the XBox mod scene is and also what a competent machine they’re for emulation purposes. Virtually every emulator ever made was ported to XBox and in most instances has been enhanced still further by fans with the inclusion of video sets and art. Of course it’s possible to use an XBox as a wonderful networked Media Centre and it does a lot more things besides but since this is RGC I’ll focus on the topic of retro console and computer emulation.
1. The XBox is relatively easy to unleash yourself (soft-modding a Conventional 8gb XBox takes minutes when You understand the way to have the tools/software)
2. The unit fits beneath your telly, including a PC
3. A timeless XBox is cheap, I watched them being sold using a control for #14.99 lately at my regional GameStation. EBay is another good source of cheap XBoxes.
5. Contrary to a Xbox 360, the first Xbox is extremely dependable — almost bombproof. The developer scene is still going strong and new variations of popular emulators are released weekly
A modded XBox also has the following advantages:
3. You can upgrade your HDD to something larger
4. You can save your DVD movies and games to a HDD and play from there (quicker loading times)
5. Capability to work with a mouse and keyboard (good for those point and click adventure titles)
6. Massive development landscape resulting in countless ported emulators and utilities
7. Fully networkable over LAN with some other devices you have
8. Great alternative to a PC at a House arcade cabinet setup
9. When the HDD is upgraded they create adequate Network Media Centres (XBMC)