‘Reicast’ Dreamcast emulator comes to Android, plays quite a few games at full speed

December 19, 2013
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At least when compared to the PS2, Xbox and even the Gamecube — the Dreamcast’s popularity was very short-lived, with Sega throwing in the towel way ahead of its then-current competition. Despite this, the Dreamcast is still one of the best systems ever made and is home to tons of classics including Sonic Adventure, Soul Caliber, Skies of Arcadia, Crazy Taxi and Jet Grind Radio (aka Jet Set Radio).

While the latter two games have officially made their way over to Android already, many of these classics will likely never see release. The good news is that you can still play them in full-speed glory using the Dreamcast emulator Reicast, at least if you happen to have a reasonably decent Android device.

According to Nillware (the app’s maker), they recommend a Cortex-A9 dual-core 1GHz CPU at minimum if you want to enjoy the experience at decent speeds. It’s also worth noting that the Reicast is said to work reasonably well on the Ouya.

Reicast is technically alpha software, though it is relatively stable, with more of a beta feel to it. Of course, there are bound to be bugs and there are likely at least some game ROMs that won’t work with it, or that at least won’t work at full speed.

In spite of a few possible flaws, the Reicast could still be the perfect app for both Dreamcast fans and mobile gamers in general.

Keep in mind that to get the app working you’ll need to provide a Dreamcast BIOS, which you get pretty easy by doing a system “dump” from an actual Dreamcast. For more details about Reicast or to download the free app, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

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