Did you ever think you would see the day when you could have Ray Tracing on an SNES? Well, thanks to an engineer by the name of Ben Carter, that day is here. Man, what a time to be alive!
According to a blog post by Carter, he's been working on the SuperRT chip for about a year, using a completely unmodified Super Famicom and a ton of wires. This is a hobby project and not associated with Nintendo in any way, but it would be so cool if this was available to the public one day.
He breaks down how it works in his blog with this particular tidbit saying "The SuperRT chip constructs the scene using a specialized command language which is executed by one of three parallel execution units on the chip - essentially specialized CISC processors - to perform ray intersection tests." He goes into incredible detail on the fascinating process and it is definitely worth the read.
There is nothing better than sitting down for a healthy dose of nostalgia and what better way than experiencing the PC games we used to play on DOS?
Of course, to run any of those games these days you need an emulator, and one of the more popular ones is DOSBox. Thanks to hothardware.com, we now know about the brand new DOSBox Pure. And according to the creator of the hardware it's "A fork of DOSBox and emulator for DOS games, built for RetroArch, aiming for simplicity and ease of use." Indie developer Bernard Schelling shares that it took six months to develop and it boasts a plethora of useful features like automated controller mappings, rewind support, save states, and much more.
Schelling is very clear that it's still in the public testing phase, saying "This initial release is feature-complete as of now for what I wanted to accomplish, yet it is clearly marked as intended for public testing. So try to be constructive and as technical as possible if something doesn't work as expected. I'll be thankful."
We would be more than happy to be public testers to play some Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, or The Secret of Monkey Island.
Would you be interested in giving this new emulation software a shot?