I’m considering finally upgrading my Chromecast for streaming and couch emulation possibilities. Was wondering if anyone here uses a Nvidia Shield Pro or Xbox Series S as an emulation device? I’m genuinely pretty split on which to go for.
From everything I’m reading, the Shield Pro looks like a pretty solid machine for $200 and can play everything up to and including Saturn/Gamecube/Dreamcast. PS2 and beyond will likely never run on it, which is a shame but there’s always Moonlight and Steam link and GEForce Now (which I forget exists) to play anything more hardcore.
Xbox Series S on the other hand seems a little more future-proof. It looks like there are some promising developments with Wii & PS3 emulation. The big drawbacks being, Xbox using retroarch instead of individual emulators, and there’s no Steam Link or desktop streaming apps that I’m aware of. At $300, I can maybe justify the extra price for the storage space and an extra controller. I don’t have much affinity toward any Xbox games except for Fable and Elder Scrolls, so I probably wouldn’t be using the device for Xbox games until 2023 or beyond. For that matter, does anyone know how annoying is it to switch between Developer Mode & Retail mode? And anyone know if I can use the Criterion and HBO Max Xbox apps while in dev mode?