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Intel NUC as ROM Emulator for older console games?

Something similar to this
https://www.amazon.com/Intel-BOXNUC6I5SYH-NUC-Kit-NUC6i5SYH/dp/B018NS910U?th=1

As a console emulator for PS1/2/3, Xbox360, Gamecube.

I have absolutely no Idea how to do anything with emulation, and I would certainly like advice in this matter.

I had plans to place this device in a 5.25 bay with three different controllers (a simple gamestop playstation controller that I already own and works for ps1/2/3 games already, a gamecube controller that I own already, and an xbox 360 controller I own already.)
Also, I don't know if the expanded version that allows for a 2.5 inch sata drive (ssd or mechanical, it wouldn't matter) could fit in the 5.25 bay. If yes, hooray, if not, oh well.
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  1. depends on what it has and since game controller like playstation annewer xbox controllers use bluetooth you would need to make sure it has a bluetooth adapter too. depending on the game sconole and the emulater you may need a lot of ram like 8GB to get games running properly and a good GPUif you plan on using some shader emulators use to make the games look better
  2. captaincharisma said:
    depends on what it has and since game controller like playstation annewer xbox controllers use bluetooth you would need to make sure it has a bluetooth adapter too. depending on the game sconole and the emulater you may need a lot of ram like 8GB to get games running properly and a good GPUif you plan on using some shader emulators use to make the games look better


    I do not intend on using wireless controllers; only wired. While that could potentially be a distance issue if i want to take the game to the other end of the room, a usb extender cord would work well enough.
    Firstly: this issue would most likely be the fact that xbox360, ps3/2/1, and gamecube controllers all have different inputs.
    Secondly: What about the BIOS images? everyone always says that you have to dump the BIOS from a legal station rather than downloading copies. which is apparently "illegal" (from all the forums and emulator sites I've visited). I don't want to buy each and every frigging system just to go through an overly complicated and needlessly expensive process just for one solid piece of emulation hardware.
    Graphics might be expandable, but i don't know if the NUC is capable of such. I would have to check, and if so: a NVIDIA GTX umptidy squat should do well enough. (not the uber-massive overkill cards, but something simple like their 460i or the like.)

    I don't particularly care about 4k, and even 2k for emulation would be stressful on the machine and totally overkill for the intended purposes. 1080 to 720 would be perfect enough. it comes with 16gb of its own ram (I think, and if not, then I can always switch it out for 16gb sodimm)
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    Toxikaraidur said:
    captaincharisma said:
    depends on what it has and since game controller like playstation annewer xbox controllers use bluetooth you would need to make sure it has a bluetooth adapter too. depending on the game sconole and the emulater you may need a lot of ram like 8GB to get games running properly and a good GPUif you plan on using some shader emulators use to make the games look better


    I do not intend on using wireless controllers; only wired. While that could potentially be a distance issue if i want to take the game to the other end of the room, a usb extender cord would work well enough.
    Firstly: this issue would most likely be the fact that xbox360, ps3/2/1, and gamecube controllers all have different inputs.
    Secondly: What about the BIOS images? everyone always says that you have to dump the BIOS from a legal station rather than downloading copies. which is apparently "illegal" (from all the forums and emulator sites I've visited). I don't want to buy each and every frigging system just to go through an overly complicated and needlessly expensive process just for one solid piece of emulation hardware.
    Graphics might be expandable, but i don't know if the NUC is capable of such. I would have to check, and if so: a NVIDIA GTX umptidy squat should do well enough. (not the uber-massive overkill cards, but something simple like their 460i or the like.)

    I don't particularly care about 4k, and even 2k for emulation would be stressful on the machine and totally overkill for the intended purposes. 1080 to 720 would be perfect enough. it comes with 16gb of its own ram (I think, and if not, then I can always switch it out for 16gb sodimm)


    yes some emulators need a BIOS file to run. you may be find with the intel graphics from the 6TH gen CPU but it hard to say since intel never has had a good track record when it comes to gaming.

    game emulators have always been a gray issue when it comes to legality. that is why you will never find emulaors coming with games. i am still using an old 1st gen laptop for streaming HD that uses an intel GPU so doing HD wouldn't be an issue when it comes to video
  4. Ah, well that is nice to know that intel graphics work well. I see that the onboard graphics (Intel Iris 540 Integrated Graphics) is capable of 4k gaming, and I would only need it for less than half of that at max. (2k is overkill as stated above) If I have to expand the graphics, then oh well; I'm sure I can come up with a solution.

    It would be nice to know that I could do this whole project without having to be a professor genius who spends 3000USD on other consoles just to build his own. Companies who take the money in may like that but I sure do not.
  5. So, let me reiterate and perhaps clarify what I mean for this emulation project: I want the system powerful enough to run good games at reasonably high quality while it still being small enough to fit into (and capable of fitting into as well) a 5.25 PC expansion slot.
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