Type of Emulator Pure Software
Characteristics Requires no additional hardware to operate Physical device requiring no additional software to operate Requires both software and hardware components
Example NES video game emulator that runs on a PC Adapter allowing cartridges designed for one console to operate on another PC Bridgeboard which allowed IBM PC software to run on an Amiga computer
Event First software-based video game emulator developed to play Sega Genesis video games. Never released to the public. Developed 4 years after the Sega Genesis was released. AmIBM, first hoax Video Game emulator released to public. SNES9X, first Super Nintendo (SNES) video game console emulator released. The release was 5 years after the SNES was brought to market. PSEmu, first Sony PlayStation video game console emulator released. Developed 4 years after the Sony PlayStation was released. ZSNES, second Super Nintendo (SNES) video game console emulator released. ROM sites, where consumers can download game ROMs. Emulators start to appear on the Internet and gain popularity. Connectix releases first commercially vended Sony PlayStation emulator for the Mac, the Virtual Game Station (VGS). UltraHLE, the first Nintendo 64 emulator was released 4 years after the introduction of the Nintendo 64. Bleem! released as the first commercially vended for the PC.
note 21, at Appendix C: Emulation Timeline.