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MacBook Pro M1: just released, it is already capable of emulating the Nintendo Switch

A developer once successfully launched a game from the Nintendo Switch to a MacBook Pro. Barely out, some are already trying to unravel the mysteries of Apple’s new M1 processor, and even go beyond what it is intended.

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It’s no longer a secret, the Nintendo Switch has been emulated for a little while on Android, as well as on Windows of course. If Nintendo has always taken a dim view of this type of support, its consoles are still the joy of emulation enthusiasts. This is how a Twitter user known by the pseudonym Sera Tonin Brocious launched a challenge: manage to launch Switch games on Apple’s latest addition, the MacBook Pro M1.

And he seems well on his way to accomplishing his mission: Using two screenshots posted on Twitter, he shows that his newly acquired MacBook Pro 13 ″ is already able to boot Super Mario Odyssey.

Also read: MacBook ARM – all about the new macs and their M1 chip

Developer manages to emulate Switch games on his MacBook Pro M1

First of all, remember that the particularity of new macbooks, whether it’s the MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air, is to use a new M1 processor based on an ARM architecture, but fully developed by Apple. If this is the same type of platform that powers our Android smartphones, Apple has had to review and optimize the entire architecture, to ensure that it meets the requirements of one use at a time. professional, office and multimedia.

So more resource intensive than that of a smartphone. The Cupertino giant even announces that its M1 chips are capable of real gaming prowess. If it will be necessary to wait a little longer before seeing most PC games run, a developer has decided to turn to emulation. And he didn’t choose an older-gen console, which is usually easier to emulate, but was interested in the latest Nintendo: the Switch.

If we are to believe the captures he posted on Twitter, the operation is made possible thanks to virtualization and Yuzu open source emulator, which uses the Vulkan programming interface. The same developer explains in another tweet that the biggest difficulty now lies in fully supporting Metal. This technology, unique to Apple, offers a way to communicate almost directly with the GPU and to “maximize the graphics and the computing potential of the applications”, according to the Cupertino company.

Anyway, Super Mario Odyssey seems to be kicking off. The emulator doesn’t seem to want to go beyond the home screen, but that’s already a great achievement. Case to be followed closely, very closely even!