MSX emulators

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The MSX computer

MSX is a Z80-based family of home computers, designed by Microsoft in cooperation with ASCII Corporation, which appeared in 1983. They were popular in Asian, South American and European countries as well as the former Soviet Union, but they are virtually unknown in USA.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Accuracy Libretro Core Recommended
blueMSX Windows, Multi-platform* 2.8.2 Cycle
openMSX Multi-platform 0.13.0 Very High
MAME Multi-platform 0.181 High
MSXPLAYer Windows ? Mid
fMSX Multi-platform 4.7 Mid

* Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).


  • blueMSX is cycle accurate with very high compatibility. Unfortunately, it hasn't seen an update in years.
  • openMSX is open source and in active development. In recent years, it has surpassed blueMSX in terms of accuracy.

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