On Teknologya, we have often talked about emulators of different game consoles that can be installed on iOS devices. But also there is a Mac emulator like OpenEmu with which you can play as if you had a PS1, GameBoy, Nintendo DS and many other consoles directly on your mobile devices and Macs.
If you are interested in learning more, we decided to collect in one article on the best emulators for iPhone and iPad that you can read at the following link.
But in this article, we want to talk about a Mac emulator that lets you use many games from different consoles.
I recently learned of an app, compatible with the Mac, which contains dozens of Mac emulators for different types of consoles. If you are a lover of old-style games and would like to play games of Nintendo 64, Sega, Game Boy, Atari and many others with a Mac emulator, then I suggest you install the OpenEmu app for Mac, a Mac emulator more complete and accurate available for the Apple computer, compatible with macOS (OS X) versions 10.11 or later.
Emulator for Mac: OpenEmu, all emulators in one app
OpenEmu is an open source project. It can be downloaded for free directly from the official website. When the download is complete, simply drag the app icon to the Applications folder and start the emulator. The graphic interface is very familiar and calls iTunes for Mac a few years ago. On the left, there is a list of all compatible emulators. On the right, instead, the list of games imported for each emulator. In total there are 29 emulators for all the most famous consoles of the 80, 90 and 2000. Just to name a few, you can finally play titles for Atari Lynx, Game Boy, NES,Nintendo 64, PS1, PSP and Nintendo DS right on your Mac.
Import games and configure emulators for Mac
By accessing the Homebrew section of the app, you can automatically download some titles for which there are no Copyright rights. The remaining games must be imported by the user. In order to do this you must have the original copy of the game. The import is very simple and can be done in two ways: by selecting File -> Import to the library through the application menu or by dragging the game ROM directly into the interface. At the end of the import, it is possible to find the game under the relevant console card. The miniature of the cover of the game that will be loaded automatically.
OpenEmu, is highly customizable. For example, lets you choose different filters to be applied to the game’s graphical interface. This is a great expedient to better simulate the original screen of old portable consoles. During the game phases, it is possible to use both the keyboard and external controllers. The latter can be connected to the Mac either via USB cable or via Bluetooth. Among the fully compatible we find the PlayStation Dualshock 3 and PlayStation Dualshock 4, the Wiimote, the controller of the Xbox 360 plus a series of PC and Mac compatible gamepads. Through the settings, it is possible to associate the virtual keys with the physical ones of controller and keyboard, so as to guarantee a better gaming experience.
Currently, OpenEmu is the most complete and flexible package of emulators for Mac that you can find for your Apple computer. If you are a lover of old consoles, then I suggest you download it for free and try it. If you know other Mac emulators and would like to recommend them, you can do so by writing in the comments at the end of this article.