Gens – Earliest and Best SEGA emulator for Windows & Linux

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If the Gens32 Surreal is now the best SEGA Genesis, Mega-Drive (MD) emulator for Windows only, then Gens is the earliest and best one for Windows and Linux all the time. And it’s a cross-platform, open-source Sega Genesis / Sega CD/ MD / Sega 32X emulator for DOS/Win32/UNIX.

Gens has a very high compatibility (95% of games work perfectly, 3% of games are playable with few glitches and only less than 2% of games are unplayable). Moreover, it can also support Japanese and Chinese SEGA ROMs perfectly.

Besides, AppNee collected 11 Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Mega CD and Sega 32X BIOS files in one package for guys who need them. (get them here).

// Key Features //

  • Windowed / Fullscreen mode with scanline and severals graphics engines
  • Joystick support
  • Netplay support (played over a LAN or the Internet)
  • Save / Load State support (10 slots at the same format as genecyst / Dgen)
  • SRAM support (saved in .srm file)
  • BRAM support (saved in .brm file)
  • Complete sound support (YM2612, PCM, PGS 76489, DAC….) in 16 bits stereo at 11025 / 22050 / 44100 Hz
  • Configurations files support
  • ZIP file format support
  • Supports running Mega CD and Sega 32X games if provided with the respective BIOS files
  • And a lot of others nice features…

// Technical Features //

  • 68000 CPU core
  • SH2 CPU core
  • VDP 32X emulation
  • VDP Genesis emulation
  • GFX coprocessor
  • IO ports emulation (controller 1 and controller 2)
  • Z80 CPU core emulation
  • CD interface
  • YM2612 emulation
  • PCM emulation
  • PWM emulation
  • PSG emulation
  • SRAM supported
  • BRAM supported
  • Frame Skip (Auto, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Netplay (Kaillera Client)
  • Save/Load State (the first emulator ever featured save state support for SEGA CD)

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// Download URLs //

Version Windows (32-bit) Linux (i386)
v2.15.5 n/a
v2.15 n/a
v2.14 n/a
v2.12b n/a
v2.12a n/a n/a
v2.11 n/a

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