June 2010 Progress Update

It’s been a while since we’ve said much about what’s going on behind the scenes in terms of general progress and development, so here we are, filling you all in on what we’ve been working on.

In terms of WiiSX progress, we’re nearing the beta 2 milestone we have had in mind for a few months now. The majority of features and bug fixes we have had planned are nearing completion. To be specific, WiiSX beta 2 will encompass a feature rich graphical user interface much like that seen in Wii64 and in the preview video posted below. Some other important features to note include newly ported CDR, Sound and input plugins, boasting features such as dual shock, configurable controllers, clear crisp audio and a good range of CD image support, including subchannel data. Most of the features have been implemented, but we are currently ironing out some show stopping bugs such as seen in certain Capcom fighter games.

On the Wii64 front, we managed to finish migrating the private SVN commits to the public googlecode repository up to Beta 1.1 Honey, so now you can see all of the individual commits and work that went into the last version. Since the last release, we’ve made some progress with bugfixes in the code, but we have larger plans ahead of us for the next beta in order to increase speed and compatibility. Once WiiSX beta 2 is out, we are looking forward to giving Wii64 some more of the TLC it deserves. :)

Here’s one last juicy tidbit for you all… There’s yet another emulator that the Wii64Team has been longing to see on the GC/Wii, so we’ve started working on a port in our spare time, and we’re hoping that it will arrive in all of your Homebrew Channels later this year. Kudos to anyone who can guess the platform (although we’re not promising to confirm if you’re right…) ;)

WiiSX Beta 2 Preview

We’re nearing the WiiSX beta 2 release, so we decided that it’s time to show a preview video of the current state of the emulator and tell you about our progress.  Last summer, we released a beta of WiiSX so that we could put it on the back burner for a while and focus on Wii64.  We weren’t too happy with WiiSX beta 1 because it lacked a proper gui and suffered from stuttering audio and other bugs.  So, we’ve focused the past few weeks on adding a gui to WiiSX and improving the sound, pad plugin, and other various parts of the emulator.  While there will still be plenty of work left for the future, we feel that this release will greatly improve the emulator’s playability and polish.  Look forward to the release, but for now please enjoy the preview.

Wii64 Beta 1.1 “Honey” Release

It’s out!
Downloads are available for Wii64, Cube64, and the source.

We were planning on releasing this baby last week, but Cube64 was broken! Anyway, good things come to those who wait because we made huge progress on the emulator this past week (see video). We’ll be sharing more technical details later, but for now we hope you enjoy Beta Version 1.1 “Honey”!

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