There are 2 ways to implement emulators into your HTPC that’s running XBMC. The 1st is using Advanced Launcher the 2nd is using Rom Collection Browser – XBMC Game Frontend.
What I’m using is Advance Launcher so this setup will be using that. If your more interested in using Rom Collection Browser do a google search Setting up Rom Collection Browser in XBMC.
I intended on setting up all disc based consoles to play through the HTPC’s DVD/Bluray drive instead of using ISOs. My reasoning behind this was to save some Hard Drive space for actual Video & music. PS2 & Wii games can be as large as 8gb. Well I ended up not going that route on every Disc based console that is emulated. Dolphin which plays both Wii & Gamecube games just wouldn’t work so well playing games using discs. Actual pressed “Real” PS2 & Saturn games can be read just fine using our HTPCs DVD/Bluray drive.The only 2 Disc based consoles I ended up setting to use actual CD/DVDs is the Playstation 2 and the Sega Saturn emulators. Burnt or backups of course will work as well.
I’ll have the procedures here to setting up emulators that are disc based. The information or setup info for the other emulators I will be posting links for those here. It will be an extensive list. But each link will bring you to a page that explains each emulators setup in XBMC using Advanced Launcher.
First you have to install Advanced Launcher in XBMC.
Advanced Launcher is found in Angelscry’s Repository from what I remember it should be standard install of XBMC. If you can’t find it then grab the plugin here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/plugin.program.advanced.launcher-2.0.12.zip
Or install the repository.
Angelscry Repository & many other repositories: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3116735/Repositories.rar
How to install unofficial repositories that are in .zip format.
Once you have XBMC installed and running.
Each skin may have the Add-ons icon or thumb located in different places. The one place that Add-ons is always located is Settings so go to settings in XBMC and there you will find Add-ons go on and click on that.
Once your in add-on you will get a list. You will see Disabled Add-Ons, Enabled Add-Ons, Get Add-Ons & then Install from zip file. Click on install from zip file.
Now you will see a listing of all your drives on HTPC.
If you are setup default and downloaded the repositories folder or the Advanced Launcher.zip I have links for. You will click on C:\users\your PC name\downloads
In downloads you will see the zips you downloaded click on the Advanced Launcher.zip and it will install the latest Advanced launcher.
I also have a Repositories.zip I linked. First you would unzip that to it’s own folder then in XBMC instead of clicking on AdvancedLauncher.zip you will go to repositories folder you just unzipped and install each repository 1 at a time.
That explains how to install .zip files. Keep in mind the install .zip in XBMC can only install .zip files that are made for XBMC. It won’t just unzip and install any old app that happens to be in a zip format.
You can use Advanced Launcher to integrate any Windows app into XBMC that has an exe.
Okay, you now should have Advanced Launcher installed and should be ready for game/Emulator integration!
To install an emulator that is disc based and you want to use discs instead of ISOs.
First you will need to go into the emulator you wish to setup (PCSX2,SSF,Null Dc,4DO) and make sure to select the disc drive letter. Mine is G:/ yours most likely won’t be G:/ like mine. most setups use E:/ or F:/ depends how many drives you have on your HTPC.
Go to Advanced Launcher right click on Default and select create new launcher then left click on Stand Alone Launcher (Normal .exe). Then browse to location of emulator and select it’s exe.
You should be placing your emulators in C:/Program Files. Using 3DO Emulator as example should look like this for WinXP or x86 OSs C:/Program Files/4DO/4DO.exe. If your using a x64 OS only difference would be C:/Program Files (x86)/4do/4DO.exe.
Pretty simple you also use this type setup when integrating a regular PC game install. Installing emulators with Roms or ISO’s is a bit different most emulators require arguments I will be listing links for as many emulators possible that show what arguments to add.
Here are the links I have available all of these are available on the nets. I’m just going to put them all in one place. Will make the process a little less tedious.
Links will be after the Console and name of Consoles emulator. I will add more as I find them.
Playstation 2/PCSX2: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=PCSX2
Sega Model 2 is an arcade system board/Model_2_Emulator : http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=Model_2_Emulator
Wii,Gamecube/ Dolphin: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=Dolphin
Nintendo 64/Project64: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=Project64
NES-Nintendo Entertainment system/VirtuaNES: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=VirtuaNES
Super Nintendo/Snes9X: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=Snes9X
Multiple Arcade Hardware/MAME-Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=MAME_-_Windows
Sega Master System,Genesis, SegaCD,Sega 32x/Kega Fusion: http://www.gwenael.org/xbmc/index.php?title=Kega_Fusion
There are a few emulators listed some may not know what they are like CPS1-CPS2, Model 2-Model 3 emulators.
CPS1and CPS 2 are Capcom arcade hardware that have been emulated.
Model 2 & Model 3 are Sega Arcade hardware that has been emulated.
MAME-Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. This emulator emulates many,many,many different Arcade hardware even Model 2&3 and CPS 1 & CPS2 hardware. This is so you have all your arcade Roms & ISOs launchable in 1 place. Personally I prefer dedicated emulators I see MAME emulator more for people who want to make an arcade cabinet.
Dedicated emulators will have more options and configurations. MAME will run them all but will run them at spec so no extras like a dedicated emulator will have.
CPS-1 is hardware for these games: Street Fighter II’: Hyper Fighting,Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition,Street Fighter II: The World Warrior,Captain Commando, Forgotten Worlds ,1941: Counter Attack,Final Fight and many other arcade games you may remember in the 1990’s This Hardware powered a lot of hits from 1988-1995.
CPS 2 :Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, SuperStreet Fighter II: Tournament Battle, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom ,Super Street Fighter II Turbo,Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors,Street Fighter Alpha, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Mega Man: The Power Battle ,Marvel Super Heroes, Street Fighter Alpha 2 ,Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Hyper Street Fighter II ,Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and many ,many more. This hardware kept Arcades busy from 1993-2003.
Sega Model 2: Virtua Fighter 2 ,Virtua Cop , Fighting Vipers,Daytona USA, Dead Or Alive, Sonic The Fighters / Sonic Championship,The House of The Dead,Sega Rally Championship and quite a few more. This was in Arcades from 1994-1998.
Sega Model 3:Virtua Fighter 3, Daytona USA 2,Sega Rally 2,Star Wars Trilogy Arcade,Ski Champ,The Lost World: Jurassic Park,Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders and only a few more games were made for this hardware. Model 3 hardware was really bad ass back in the day but unfortunately Moores Law made this hardware short lived. 1998-2000.