Valve makes MAME emulator available for Steam Link

Jan

30

2016

Valve has a version of the popular arcade game emulator MAME made ​​available through the software development kit for the Steam Link. This allows users to play thousands of classic games on the device, which is actually intended to stream games to a TV.

According to Valve developer Sam Lantinga is the version for Steam Link based on mame4all version for the Raspberry Pi, which in turn is derived from version 0.37b of the MAME emulator. The Valve version is highly optimized for the Steam Link and is able to run games at full speed without skipping frames. There should also be support for 2270 romsets, or games.

Valve made ​​the sdk for Steam Link available on January 15, to allow users to build their own applications for the device. The hardware is approximately comparable to that of a raspberry Pi, thus demanding applications will not support it. But for emulating classic arcade games that seems most suitable. The actual application of the Steam Link is streaming games from any computer with Steam to a TV.

The MAME emulator allows to old games, which originally ran on other systems, playing on modern computer systems. Some games have been released by their creators and are playing without infringing copyrights. However, not all old games.

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