With the first quarter of 2021 out of the way, it's time for many to look back on their progress made thus far, and it's no different for the group behind Ryujinx, the Nintendo Switch emulator. The team has neatly detailed their achievements made in the past few months, and the overall progress made on Patreon tier goals. There's an absolute wealth of documentation to go through, as the developers have made numerous changes and improvements, with the most notable summarized below.
The first topic of discussion is Bravely Default II, which released back in February, and in the time between then and now, the game's performance has made an impressive leap, being unplayable on launch, to being in nearly perfect playable status as of now. A handful of promised features have also been added recently, from amiibo emulation--which is just about finished and nearly fully compatible--to adding a Vulkan GPU backend for private testers and set to be extended to the public sometime in April, and reaching a new patron goal of over $1,500 a month, which means the addition of ARB Shaders and better performance on Nvidia graphics cards is achievable.
Amiibo Emulation - merged into the main build on 3/18/21.
While compatibility is now almost perfect, there are still some improvements to come for Amiibo which can be tracked on the associated Github issue here: https://github.com/Ryujinx/Ryujinx/issues/2122
Custom User Profiles - in progress. Some prerequisites have been established; there should be big news on this soon!
Vulkan GPU Backend - in progress, ETA April 2021 for public testing. See further below for a more in-depth report on the progress of this feature.
$1500/month - ARB Shaders - Almost there!
ARB shaders will further reduce stuttering on first-run by improving the shader compilation speed on NVIDIA GPUs using the OpenGL API.
$2500/month - One full-time developer - Not yet met
This amount of monthly donations will allow the project's founder, gdkchan, to work full-time on developing Ryujinx.
Another important milestone is the introduction of the emulator's LDN 2.2 update. This is a specific build of Ryujinx that allows for online multiplayer, with version 2.2 adding in tons of performance boosts and stability, for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and more, as well as support for Monster Hunter Rise.
- LDN2.2 is up-to-date as of master 1.0.6819
- Graphical fixes for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
- Texture swap fixes on Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.
- Stability improvements in Super Smash Bros. ultimate.
- Missing menu text fixed in Splatoon 2.
- Logic bug fixed in Super Bomberman R.
- Color accuracy improvements on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and others.
The following PRs were added into LDN2.2:
- Add support for HLE macros and accelerate MultiOrawElementsIndirectCount.
- PPTC meets ExeFS Patching.
- Performance tweaks for Pokemon Sword & Shield and Monster Hunter Rise are included.
With all this progress, it looks like Ryujinx is better than never before. If you're interested in the full changelog of additions and changes--be forewarned, it's a veritable novel--you can check it out in the source below, or you can grab the latest build of the emulator, also available on their official site.