If you are an extremely well-known developer who has had praise consistently lavished upon him for producing one of the most impressive and widely used Game Boy emulators on iOS devices, what do you do next to top that achievement?
Well, if you’re Riley Testut, and your previous work has included the development and maintenance of the GBA4iOS emulator for iPhone, then you of course go on to top that by teasing a new product that looks to expand on GBA4iOS by introducing emulation support for more platforms. And that is exactly what Testut is doing with his newly published ‘Delta’ teaser website.
When visiting the recently published Delta emulator website, which is the very definition of minimal, users are greeted by a hazed white overlay screen which periodically animates some images in the background.
It doesn’t take a hardcore gaming wizard to be able to immediately identify those hazed images as being a Nintendo 64 and SNES controller, as well as a Game Boy Advance and a Game Boy Color; all Nintendo hardware, and all extremely popular by their legions of fans. The website was accompanied by a tweet from Testut’s Twitter account as well, basically saying goodbye to the old, and hello to the new:
Goodbye GBA4iOS. Hello, Delta. deltaemulator.com
Very short. Very concise, but extremely to the point. From this tweet alone, and from the emergence of the Delta Emulator website, we can deduce that GBA4iOS has finally been put to bed in favor of a new start, including building and releasing the brand new, much more capable emulation platform that will presumably be offered for Apple’s iOS devices.
If you actually take a second to dive into the responses to that tweet, and some of the replies from the developer, then you immediately learn that support for tvOS is definitely on the roadmap for Delta, but that there are currently some “technical issues right now standing in the way.”
Over the years we’ve seen many platform emulators come and go, such as GBA4iOS, iDOS and iMAME, with the latter two being shutdown in 2010 and 2011 respectively, and GBA4iOS receiving a DMCA shutdown notice from Nintendo back in 2014. Given how popular these emulators are, let’s hope Delta has a long and prosperous future ahead of it.
A beta version will be arriving sometime this year, while a more public version should hopefully arrive early 2017.
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