Why Do Emulators Use CPU?

An emulator is a hardware or software, which aids in the mimicry of another hardware, by imitating its operations. This article explains why emulators use so much CPU.

During emulation, the host computer requires much more processing power.

Because emulators implement the emulated machine hardware through software processing so that programs couldn’t tell if it’s running on the original device.

And to do that, the CPU needs to work much harder, and if the emulator is 100% software, the processor has to interpret all instructions.

This means the host PC needs to be several times quicker at processing than the traditional hardware, to ensure stable performance.

Which allows the host computer to run programs just like the original hardware.

Do Emulators Use More CPU Or GPU?

It depends on the emulator. An emulator such as Xenia would have equal GPU loads with the CPU. Because Xenia is an Xbox 360 emulator, some games are CPU heavy, and others are GPU heavy.

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However, emulators like Bluestacks meant to emulate android OS would be more CPU dependant than GPU. Unless you are playing a game within the emulator, then the GPU becomes involved.

Types Of Emulators

There are different kinds of emulators that are for different use cases. But the most common one’s are those used to run games and other operating systems.

Examples of each are:

OS Emulators

Game Console Emulators

  • Xenia for Xbox 360
  • Pcsx2 for PlayStation
  • Desmume for Nintendo DS

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