A developer has implemented a Game Boy emulator and Game Boy Color games on the second generation of Apple Watch smartwatches. The name of the developer is Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan, and the emulator was named Giovanni. The developer argued that he decided to develop this software because he was disappointed with the performance of the Cupertino’s smartwatch which was devoid of content.
The developer named the emulator Giovanni after his favorite villain
What is more, he also revealed that a few months ago he had also released his own game for this device. However, he figured out that emulation will be even more helpful since he would be able to port even more games to the smartwatch. The Game Boy emulator was named Giovanni after Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan’s favorite villain from the game “Pokemon Yellow.”
Nevertheless, he argued that the Game Boy emulator is still a prototype and the game which he developed is sometimes unresponsive when used on the Apple Watch. The iOS developer made use of the Gambette emulator to develop Giovanni. Then, he created controls for the emulator when running on Apple’s smartwatch. For instance, if the user touches the right side of the wearable’s screen, the A button will be simulated.
The new Game Boy emulator is still a prototype
On the other hand, the B button together with a start and select options are located at the bottom of the smartwatch’s display. The Digital Crown is also able to simulate the buttons responsible for going up and down when turning it up or down. Unfortunately, the new Game Boy emulator cannot work as the developer wanted it to perform on the Apple Watch.
The main reason is that the OS constraints for smartwatches do not allow it to work properly. Moreover, the lack of support for Metal and OpenGL is also a hindrance. However, Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan launched the new emulator for the public, despite its deficiencies and the obstacles it faced.
O’Flaherty-Chan argues that one of his biggest challenges was to balance performance and framerate. Nevertheless, he claimed that he is proud of the fact that he managed to transform into reality something which seemed impossible at the beginning.
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