>> Friday, May 8, 2009
Most people who wants to know more about CD-i come along asking about CD-i Emulator and whether they should try the emulator or buy a second hand player of eBay. The first thing to know is that it sepends on what games or titles you want to play: CD-i Emulator's compatibility list is rather low. You can check the list of compatible titles on the official website. CD-i Emulator is in a early stage and not all games are yet compatible, so you might save yourself trouble! You might as well find a deal on an actual player to run them on. I can send you a bios but it wont do you any good since the CD-i Emulator project is pretty much dead although people like Bas here would have you believe it is very much alive and well. CDIfan has already suggested people start coding themselves. Theres been bad mojo orbiting around this thing since day 1. So find a decent to player to use. Its currently your best bet. "Let CD-i Emu RIP."
There's been four years without any updates, that's true. Perhaps there will be another four years without updates. Based on what I know from cdifan, the project is not dead but it's in a drawer where it might be for another long time but it's sometimes touched and improved. The original CD-i Emulator did take about 8 years to arrive. Ofcourse I'd love to see it different. Yet, the current CD-i Emulator does emulate a number of cd-i games very well so it depends on what titles you want to play to decide whether CD-i Emulator is good for you.
Actually I don't recommend buying second hand CD-i players anymore as many of them will die soon. I've heard numerous complaints about players bought from ebay which turned out to have problems and died soon after. Mainly because of the timekeeper bomb inside. Get yourself a player with a replaceable battery or just don't spend a lot of money on it.
Try the emulator. No guarantee on any or all your games working, as I said, the current version of this emulator is rather limited in compatibility as well as playability. But its worth the look. You can try it for free. And if it doesn't fit your expectations, buy a cheap second hand player but be aware of the trouble old CD-i players hold.