Nintendo Switch Emulator ‘Yuzu’ Announced, Are We Getting Closer To Playing Switch Games On PC?
For as along as Consoles have existed programmers have always created their emulators and a Nintendo Switch emulator has made its way in the world, however, according to the creators, it’s only for research and development purposes.
This Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu, is currently in the experimental phase and has been created by, bunnei, which consists of members of the team which created Citra 3DS emulator. According to the creators, this Nintendo Switch emulator uses the same architecture as Citra due to similarities in Switch and 3DS.
However, this emulator doesn’t run games and can “boot some games, to varying degrees of success” but there are no GPU capabilities implemented in the emulator. The team is currently working to make the emulator run games and it is one of the priorities for the team.
yuzu is a work-in-progress Nintendo Switch emulator. yuzu is an open-source project, licensed under the GPLv2 (or any later version). yuzu has been designed with portability in mind, with builds available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. The project was started in spring of 2017 by bunnei, one of the original authors of the popular Citra 3DS emulator, to experiment with and research the Nintendo Switch.
In related news, a future-proof Switch firmware hack has also made its way on the internet.
The hack makes the hybrid console to run third-party or “homebrew” code without any trouble which might open the console to mass piracy which will lead the Switch users to run games they have downloaded from the internet.
The hack will potentially open up the console to custom firmware meaning those who have the technical know-how of the console will be able to control the functions of the consoles.
Platinum Games has only announced that Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch and no release window has been announced. However, a rumor has been making rounds on the internet suggesting Bayonetta 3 will launch in Summer 2018.