DOSBox Is Getting A Fancier, More Modern Version

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DOSBox, long the best way to play old PC games on a modern system, has its quirks. But a new take on the open-source platform, due later this year, promises to make a lot of things just that little bit easier.

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It’s being made by developer Bernhard Schelling, who says he’ll be “aiming for simplicity and ease of use”. Here’s a trailer where he runs through some of the key features of this new version, called DOSBox Pure:

Some of those features include the introduction of features like being able to run a game directly from its zip file (including mounting CD images straight from .zip) and full support for controllers.

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It’s (hopefully) coming at the end of the year.

When it hits, if you’re after some old PC games, I know exactly where you can start looking:

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

So from the video it seems this is not an update for DOSBox itself, but for the Retroarch core. That’s cool, because the Retroarch DOSBox core is... pretty bad and messy to use.

If you’re trying to play DOS games on your Android phone or Raspberry Pi or whatever this is probably good news. For PC users it probably doesn’t matter much unless you’re really keen on using Retroarch shaders on top of your DOSBox features.

Still, neat.