The Dolphin Emulator project is brilliant effort by a team of programmers who have taken the Nintendo Wii and ported it to the PC, Linux, and Mac via emulation.
As someone who is interested in Stream 7 gaming, you might be tempted to download the Dolphin Emulator to your Stream 7 to try some Gamecube or Wii emulation. Well, if you did this, not only would you likely be violating some copyright laws, you would also be wasting your time.
The Stream 7 does not run games in the Dolphin Emulator at a frame rate remotely considered to be good or smooth. In fact, the whole emulation slows to a crawl and the games are not just chunky, but slow. The whole game slows down to try to allow the meager specs of the Stream 7 to process the game engine and emulator.
It may be possible to run some very light Gamecube games on the Stream 7, but a test with Luigi’s Mansion and F-Zero GX proved that the Stream 7 is not cut out for mid-grade console emulation. Should you insist on using your Stream 7 for emulating consoles, you’ll want to stick to earlier generations.
There are some great games in the Windows Store that you can play on your Stream 7. Some are free and some cost money, and because the Stream 7 runs Windows 8.1 and up, you can install PC games through your Steam client or from other Digital Distributors.
Here are the games I’ve tried and how they perform:
Asphalt 8: Airborne – Gameloft
Asphalt 8 runs pretty smooth on the Stream 7. It’s plenty responsive using the Stream 7’s touch screen and the graphics aren’t stellar, but they look good. Overall, Asphalt 8 on the Stream 7 is an excellent racing game to have loaded for on-the-go need for speed. The game has crashed on me a number of times, but it loads back in pretty fast. Continue reading Games for HP Stream 7→