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Operating system Windows & Mac
File size 6.042 KB Installer

Yabause Emulator(Yabause) for Windows:

Finding console emulators is rather easy nowadays, with a Sega Saturn emulator being no exception. It however takes some basic knowledge to get the best performance out of an emulator as Yabause.

Minimum Requirements

While there is no official system requirements, the minimum needed to enjoy the experience with the Sega Saturn emulator is as follows.

  • Windows XP 32bit
  • SSE2 compatible CPU
  • 256MB of RAM
  • DirectX 9 compatible Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0
  • DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card

Recommended Requirements

If the minimum requirements are enough to run all the games, the following have been reported to provide the best emulation performance.

  • Windows 7 64bit or later releases
  • Core i5 series Dual Core CPU
  • 512MB of Ram
  • DirectX 9 compatible Video Card with Pixel Shader 3.0
  • DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card

Download and installation

Like most other emulators, the latest version of Yabause can be found with a simple Google search or on the official website of the emulator.

Installation is rather easy, with a simple ZIP archive that needs to be extracted to the folder of your choice.


Before being able to use the Yabause Sega Saturn emulator, there are certain configurations that need to be set to ensure that all goes well.

Configure the Emulator.

While this section may seem complicated, there are only 3 settings that you will need to bother with.

The first one is the Disk Type. This will allow you to decide what type of game the Sega Saturn emulator will play. If you have the game on a CD, simply choose the “CD” option and browse to the appropriate Drive Letter. If you have a ROM (which is common) simply choose “Image”.

The second setting to look out for is the CUE/ISO file. This will allow you to browse to the Image/ROM of the game you wish to play and start it.

Finally, and most importantly is the BIOS ROM file. The emulator will be as good as a bricked console if you do not have a BIOS file to run it with. Thankfully these can easily be found with a basic Google search.

Configure the Video.

Most likely the most used section after the above, the video configuration offers various settings to optimize the gameplay depending on the device used. The first option is the Video Core Settings. Among the selections available are the OpenGL Video Interface and the Software Video Interface, with the former offering the best performance.

The “Other Settings” section is however the one that will interest you, with the option of enabling the Auto Frame-skipping, going to Fullscreen on start-up or simply changing the screen size. The options for the latter include default resolutions like 640×480, 720×480, 720×576, 800×600 and 848×480, as well as the possibility of setting a custom resolution.

Configure the Sound.

This configuration option is rather basic, with the only options available being changing the sound core settings used (although the Direct Sound Interface is the only on you’ll need) and the possibility of changing the volume of the emulator.

Controller Selection and Configuration.

In this section you can configure you keyboard/joystick settings. To do this, simply left click the command in the selection window, and hit the corresponding or preferred button on the controller/gamepad or on the keyboard. It is good to note that commands can be assigned to various buttons so that players can easily switch between their controller and keyboard on the Sega Saturn emulator.

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