What is the best console to have homebrew on, and why?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by CPG, Apr 21, 2019.

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  1. Wii

    19 vote(s)
    23.2%
  2. Wii U

    21 vote(s)
    25.6%
  3. Switch

    15 vote(s)
    18.3%
  4. 3ds

    6 vote(s)
    7.3%
  5. PS2 (FreeMcBoot)

    3 vote(s)
    3.7%
  6. Other

    18 vote(s)
    22.0%
  1. brickmii82

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    At the end of the day you purchase a console to play video games. Whether its native or through homebrew, the one that plays the most is going to be the most popular. The only other factors you could really quantify and include are quality and price. Although, one could argue that the OG Xbox is up there with all of those qualities and capabilities.
     
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  2. Ryccardo

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    Wii, without a doubt it WAS the best console for homebrew, with DS just behind and PSP not much behind

    Those consoles were total hits for amateurs (and in general sales), because in their heyday public Wi-Fi was a cool novelty, most people with a (mostly Symbian) smartphone rarely used them for more than photos/calls/texts and maybe music, these systems were better in certain aspects than said phones, touchscreens and relatively inexpensive TV-connected computers (with a still remarkable point-and-click interface) were hot stuff, as were the consoles on their own merit (range of games)

    Nowadays whether you want games, gimmicks, media, or serious business on the go - a phone/laptop, optionally bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and video cable can be bought for less than the original price of those systems, and of course have more software in the first place...

    tldr - [wide availability of] Smartphones didn't kill dedicated gaming, they killed homebrew instead
     
  3. Elalexyzoner

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    I dare to say the switch is having a way to go, it emulates most of backwards consoles, now emulates PSP close to perfection, N64 with enhanced textures, the DS emulator is coming and the things coming in the future as well...
     
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    Wii U and Xbox, hands down, every time. Perhaps in the future, seeing as how fast the scene is going, the Switch will become even more of a fully fledged powerhouse.
     
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  5. Elalexyzoner

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    So true, i'm looking forward to it!
     
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  6. bandithedoge

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    Probably Wii U for the amount of games it can play. Because of hardware backwards compatibility with Wii, it can play everything the Wii can, which includes GC and a shit ton of emulators.
    Second place goes to the Vita. Surprisingly, it does have some good games. But it's also fully compatible with PSP.
     
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    Vita due to the fact it is portable(yeah the switch is as well but I find it a bit too big) My PC can do all my other emulation and a lot better as well.
     
  8. ScarletDreamz

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    WII Have a really special place in my heart, as it can run pretty well most old school systems, aka Snes and Nes, and with an HDMI adapter its a fine piece of art, not to mention it can do Gamecube.

    Classic Xbox its good, not the best, but its really good, the bad part of this, is that several of the emulator, and also depending on the TV you play, have input lag, which really lowers the quality of the experience.


    Xbox 360, never really launched on the Emulator side, Snes and Nes are fine, snes have a small input lag, even played on modern tvs or old tvs. so its not good for precision gaming.
    Dreamcast cant emulate the Snes properly so its a No for snes, but for Nes and GBC its a fun side project.

    PS2 its somehow complicated some good cores, some bads cores, i dont really have an opinion on this one.

    WiiU, not a big fan on how WiiU manage their emulation, retroarch takes hella time loading a rom, so, the best way would be rom injection.

    the PS Vita and the PSTV, they are good emulating stuff, but as a very personal opinion, it feels weird, the vita feels weird emulating stuff, PSX its great, not doubt here, same with the PSP, but it does not feel quite right.

    The PSP on the other hand, good lord, this thing is a beast, snes, nes, gbc, sega, psx, among several others, on a great battery its really kewl.

    Switch its a very good console, its a must to be honest, emulation its VERY active, retroarch, psnes, pnes, pfba, noise, among several other cores, you can play PSX, N64, Sega, GBA, GBC, most of the retroarch cores works great, apart form the N64 that its still on diapers, and still,runs great, majoras mask, ocarina of time without major issues. those are great, the idea that you can play on the go, on your tv, [PSP can do this as well], give it a plus.

    However, i dont know why, but the WII, feels like the best homebrew / emulator based console...... apart from a Android TV :)
     
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  9. Arecaidian Fox

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    I wish I could vote twice. Wii U is an emulation and homebrew powerhouse, doing damn near everything the Wii could and then some. I think the only reason people don't consider it much is the lack of love it got from the community for a long time. But, as far as what console was probably the most impactful for homebrew? Original Xbox.
     
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  10. Elalexyzoner

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    The Wii U is practically the updated Wii, but i can't help but to choose the Wii over the Wii U.
     
  11. Mr. Looigi

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    You could emulate for most consoles on your pc (:
     
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    Nintendo Switch
     
  13. Elalexyzoner

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    PC is not portable like the Switch... (ignoring laptops)
     
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    PS2 for life. And Switch. For the next one.
     
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    I have no doubt that the switch will be amazing at the end of it's life for homebrew... but as of right now I choose the PsVita :)
     
  17. Elalexyzoner

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  18. phillyrider807

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    Doesn't the Wii U do everything the Wii can do plus play Wii U games?

    Why would anyone pick a wii over a wii u?
     
  19. Elalexyzoner

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    idk, maybe they like it more
     
  20. Ryccardo

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    Allegedly less power consumption (though I haven't actively measured a WiiU in Vwii mode)
    Less picky with USB devices (though you could argue the WiiU enforces USB standards better)
    No need to manually lower resolution to get better Vwii video
    The "official" controller used with typical batteries lasts more than a day ;)
    Non-interlaced video mode (vulgarly "240p") support? (I may be confusing this with another console's backwards compatibility)
    Priiloader
    (Easier) Wii Menu theming
    RiiConnect24
    The glorious notification lightbar
    The price!!

    And, not applicable to all Wiis in general, but certainly to some:
    BootMii as boot2
    Burnt discs
    8 cm (GC) discs
    Proper GC ports (required, as of current technical knowledge, for the GBA link cable, for GC controllers in commercial Wii games, and for GC memory cards/SD Geckos)
     
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