After almost two months, weíre ready to release MAME 0.252, the first
MAME release of 2023! As promised, there are some big updates, and some
of them may require you to make a few adjustments to your MAME setups.
In particular, the modules MAME uses to handle input and output (e.g.
video, sound and controllers) have been cleaned up, fixing lots of bugs
and resource leaks.
First of all, the BGFX video module has had a serious overhaul.
Numerous issues affecting artwork rendering have been fixed, and
toggling full-screen mode no longer crashes. MAME now saves many BGFX
video settings to your CFG files for each emulated system.
Game controller handling has also been overhauled. The downside is
that you may need to reconfigure inputs for MAME. The upside is that
things should work better out-of-the-box, with better default input
assignments for more controllers:
- For Windows users, more XInput controllers are fully supported,
including guitars, the DJ Hero turntable, and the Rock Band
- For people using SDL builds, like our lovely macOS and Linux users,
thereís a brand new joystick input module using the SDL game controller
API. This gives consistent assignments for popular gamepads, and allows
you to supply your own button and axis assignment schemes if the
defaults donít suit you. If want the old behaviour, itís still
available: just set the joystickprovider setting to
sdljoy in your mame.ini file.
- For everyone, it should be easier to navigate MAMEís UI using a game
controller, and MAME should choose better default game input assignments
for more gamepads.
Of course, we havenít stopped working on emulation. Newly supported
systems include the NABU PC (a Canadian 8-bit home computer and cable
network terminal), the I-Star Chess King (a Taiwanese hand-held chess
computer of dubious quality), Computer Othello (one of Nintendoís
earliest video games), YoYo Spell (a prototype of the arcade game
Little Robin), the very rare English language version of SegaSonic
Cosmo Fighter (dumped from the unit previously operated at Sega World
Sydney), and Saturn: Space Fighter 3D (a Space Invaders variant from
The MSX updates havenít stopped: this release includes support for
MSX-DOS2 and RAM expansion cartridges. The Hyper Neo Geo 64 has had
some welcome fixes for both 2D and 3D graphics, and there should be more
coming in the next release. At the other end of the spectrum, Apple II
video has seen a number of improvements, and somewhere in between,
S3 ViRGE reached a point where 256-colour mode works in Windows 98.
Thatís all we have time for here, but you can read about the whole two monthsí worth of changes in the whatsnew.txt file, or download the source code and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page.