>> Saturday, October 6, 2007
Nobody knows exactly when the next version of CD-i Emulator will be available but some important features are on the list of the author, cdifan, to implement in the next CD-i Emulator version. Fans of the CD-i system voiced their love for different platform versions as well. cdifan: "Porting CD-i Emulator to non-Windows platforms is certainly possible, but it needs to be more fully-functional first. CD-i Emulator is written to be very platform-independent; of the more then 75000 lines of C++ only about 5000 are in Windows-dependent files. All of the Windows GUI code is in these files. When the time is right I would like to try a Linux port first, probably using using SVGAlib or SDL. For this new GUI code would also need to be written; I'll solicit ideas about it then." What can we expect in the new version of CD-i Emulator?
1. Keyboard Support and Joystick/Gamepad support
Recent Emulator and PC gaming has never been so smooth. After getting an Xbox 360™ Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows + a x360 controller. It makes me wish that CdiEmu supported gamepads, including support for the analog stick.
2. Save State Support
Of course what good is playing a lengthy game on your cd-i Emulator, if you have to restart to the beginning each time. So this feature is a must.
3. Multi-player Support.
Currently I'm pretty sure only 1 player is supported on CdiEmu. And While a good deal of Cd-i Games are only single player. The Upcoming Frog Feast indeed is a two player game. Of course multiplayer support would only be truly effective with gamepad support.
4. Emulation of the "weirder" Cd-i Peripherals
Mainly the Roller Controller and CD-i Trackball. Perhaps analog sticks of the newer game pads would be a perfect fit. I know the 360's joystick is pretty accurate.
cdifan: "Joystick support is already available but a bit spotty. Check out the RELNOTES file alongside the exe. The rest are already on my list! Don't worry about me losing interest in CD-i! A few small extra features are in the making; I have taken a first look at MPEG functionality." About the popularity of CD-i Emulator: "The full version has been a little bit more popular then I expected, but certainly not earth-shattering; I earn more with a few days of "normal" software development work... Site visits, on the other hand, have gone *much* higher then I expected; the number of unique IP numbers is currently just over 9500, and on average I'm still seeing a few new ones every hour." So the main question for many of you is about when to expect an update of CD-i Emulator. The last major update was done in 2005 and cdifan has said to take a break from the project. Anyway, 2007 was the start of new coding for CD-i Emulator, but we have to wait for new announcements by cdifan about when we'll see a new CD-i Emulator: Stay tuned, it may be sooner then you think ;)
Thanks to cdifan, nitrosoxide