TI-Boy CE, a TI-84 Plus CE Game Boy Emulator by calc84maniac
Published by PT_ 5 years, 11 months ago (2018-06-21T14:49:04+00:00) | Discuss this article

Cemetech member and assembly expert calc84maniac has finally released the alpha version of TI-Boy CE, a Game Boy emulator he has been working on for about 2 years for the latest Texas Instruments calculator, the TI-84 Plus CE, and its French counterpart, the TI-83 Premium CE. With this program, you can play Game Boy games on your calculator, though note that Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced games are not supported (yet). In the development process, he already showed us some marvelous videos running games on his calculator, and now it's finally public! The program is still in alpha stage, which means it still contains some issues. According to the official website, it has these features:
  • Emulates original Game Boy hardware (except audio and linking)
  • Emulates real-time clock for certain cartridges
  • Save states with compression
  • Fullscreen and 1:1 scaling modes (with optional skin)
  • Automatic and manual frameskip
  • Turbo mode (with speed display)
  • GBC-style selectable color palettes for Game Boy games
  • Customizable controls
calc84maniac managed to reach the 60FPS, thanks to the highly optimized assembly and the extra RAM in this system, which allows caching for speeding up graphics rendering. Yes, it's entirely written in ez80 assembly, which is absolutely remarkable because of the system's complexity. He also published the source code, so if you want to take a look at the source, go for it and try to understand it! Your bug reports (in the attached topic or posted as issues on his repository) and your positive feedback will no doubt help him continue to hone this flagship community project.

TI-Boy CE (alpha version)