Citra 3DS Emulator – on LOW end PC, all game fixes and ONLINE!

Citra 3DS Emulator – on LOW end PC, all game fixes and ONLINE!

In this full CITRA Nintendo 3DS Emulator guide we will be installing and setting it up to enable you to run EVERY compatible game, MAX settings and also adding *ONLINE MULTIPLAYER*!

You no longer need a beast of a PC to run this and you can actually run it on quite low end hardware, including ON BOARD GRAPHICS! The Emulator can now take full use of your GPU which has given it HUGE speed gains! The only hard requirements for this version of Citra is a graphics chip that supports at least OpenGL 3.3 and a 64-bit OS. The more grunt in your rig, the more you can push it!



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Citra 3DS Emulator – on LOW end PC, all game fixes and ONLINE!

good day guys Austin E and in this one today we're gonna be setting up the Citra emulator now this is an emulator which brings us that in Tendo 3d s to our PC in this one today we're not just gonna be setting up and get our games working we're gonna be setting up and pushing it to the absolute maximum so you can get full resolution pushed all the way to okay 60 frames per second wherever possible and of course we're just going pushing everything for the maximum as always yep it's gonna be a lengthy while probably pushing up to about 25 minutes but this one will cover every game so you can get everything from the 3ds up and running on your PC of course if it's compatible with the emulator now this emulator has been pushed to the limit from the actual developers you don't need a beast of a PC to run this anymore in fact you can pretty much run this on a fiber classify as a potato PC by this kind of standard so I threes you're all good internal GPUs you're all good and we'll cover that in more in depth through the emulator I don't just give you the fish I'd give you the fishing rod so you can eat as many fish as you want for the rest of your life so by the end of this tutorial today you will know exactly how to work the 3d s emulator how to get the absolute maximum out of it so in other words those of you who want to sit on the couch with a controller on the big screen and see these games in all the crystal-clear Beauty we're gonna get doing that today and to be honest this one is epic so without further ado let's get stuck in so to get this set up on our pcs the first thing that we're gonna need to do is go to the official Citra website to get this emulator downloaded now there is various other locations such as unofficial builds and builds that have been made by other people and you may see some joy and all that kind of stuff but to be honest the official Citra is the most up to date and for me I get the most performance from it of course there are ones specific to a certain game this is an open source program so people can make and do things however they want but for me to get the most performance out of all the games and that the most stable I use the official build so this is the website links in description down below it will guide you to here now by the time you're watching this video obviously things may have changed maybe different pictures the layout might be slightly different but the overall vibe and theme shouldn't change that much so at the top we've got all the tabs peruse at your leisure but for us we're gonna get stuck straight in and download this so for me I've got a little tap here saying download for Windows so I'm gonna click on that it will guide you to this section of the website where I can actually download it peruse all let's go fit your own leisure I'm sure it's very informative but for us we're gonna get stuck straight in and download it there is no 32-bit support for this obviously for those of you on ancient computers or lower end systems yet it can run on a potato now but we can't run on that bad of a potato so once that's downloaded then go to whatever it's downloaded to and run the program this will basically launched the Citra emulates of wizard which will guide you through everything that is needed to get it up and running on your system so as you see welcome to the citruses of wizard there is a tap here called settings but don't really mess around with anything in here this is more for advanced users so you don't need to care about that what we want to do is click on next then what we want to do is tell it where we want to install Citra you can put it wherever you want but for me for the ease of this video I'm gonna install it on my desktop so well it's easy for me to get amongst and show you guys so analytic on brows I'm gonna go to my desktop and then I'm gonna make a folder on my desktop called Citra so I'm gonna click into here and then I'm gonna put select folder as you can see it's now put the location to that and then Aza need to do it on next now at this stage there is two versions of sitri that we can download we've got one called the nightly and we've got one called canary now I want to highlight them both nightly is the most stable version of sitri if we hover over it it should give me a little box as you can see the nightly builds of sitri are the official tested versions of sitri that are known to work so in other words these are the most trusted versions of sitri it's got all the enhancements and everything that I've been around some time everything's been tested the developers and most of the people in the community know exactly what's happening in here and it's got the most support however what it's not got is many of the new features that are pushed out almost daily and that is in the actual canary build and that's what we're gonna focus on today because yep it's not a hundred percent I would say stable but what it has got is often better speed increases it's got better enhancement there are options yep from time to time you make it unlucky and download a build that isn't as compatible for the old system or I've got a can folks in there but to be honest I get the most performance and the most joy using the canary build it used to be called the bleeding edge I wish to just call it like the beta and the most stable version then people would know what it is but let's focus on these and download them both so make sure the both ticked click on next this bit is for the general public license so in other words this is an open-source emulator so anybody can work on it people can do whatever they want except things that aren't in the license so peruse this at your own leisure make sure you roll up to date on it click on eggs at the license click on next and this bit is just as you would with any other Windows program isn't seen if you want to make a start menu shortcut I'm gonna leave everything a standard click on next then it's gonna say well let's install this puppy so I'm gonna gonna install and now it's gonna go to the official Citra download location and download it to your PC so yeah by using Citra again we're using the canary build today because I get the most performance out there if there's something that's just been released it's straight in there and I have not had a problem in a couple of years of me running this from using those type of builds yeah we may get unlucky from time to time but 99% of the time we're good to go so once I start then click on finish it will exit out of the energy you see on our desktop we've now got a folder that we just created and has the emulator in there obviously if you look in a different location travel to whatever it is you installed it and then get inside the folder and the first thing you greets it with is the maintenance tool now it used to leave a little shortcut on your desktop to actually launch all this kind of stuff it doesn't seem to do that anymore but we don't really want to bother with this it basically takes care of itself so every time you launch it Citra it will check on the website see if you're using the most up-to-date version and if you're not then it'll prompt you to actually download and well install it it takes care of itself which is absolutely awesome so as you can see we've got two folders in there we'll call canary and got one called nightly for us like I said we're gonna be focus on canary so what I go into here now you've got three application files one called Citra QT I'm on call room now for the actual emulator and the one that we want to make the magic with we want to use Citra QT and to make things easy for herself I'm gonna do is highlight it right-click create shortcut and there we go now I can drag this up to my desktop and so I don't need to go through all this gun and all this crap to actually just play Citra so ever do now is rename it so Citra canary and you can also make monkey mate Lee you could have put on that route also but we're gonna focus on this so I know exactly what it is that I'm launching each time so first things first with what we wanna do is set up everything with the emulator switch and ready to rhumble to be honest so you've got various tabs along the top I wanna focus on the emulation tab there's one on there called configure and it'll bring you a box similar if not identical to this one I want to stretch this up so I can see all the tabs at once and as you can see we've got various tabs we'll run through now to get it all set so the first one you don't really want to mess around with because it's all set up as default you won't get no added performance by messing around with a little premiere in fact by disabling CPU JIT you'll see but basically a PowerPoint presentation when you all playing the game because it's running so slow make sure that is enabled region doesn't really mess around with it put it on auto select beam wise if you click on to dark then it basically makes this darker so it's not as bright on the screen I'm gonna keep those default next thing then system got on all your personal details if you want to in this bit make some difference whatsoever for the actual game next bit set up your controller now some controllers may need to be turned on before you actually launch up etc so if your controller isn't being recognized when we're doing this bit now exit out of sitri and turn on your controller then come back into Citra and your controller should be recognized controllers that I believe are acceptable from this a bellator or anything that's X input or direct and put anything along those lines basically if windows can if windows could use your controller in any of your games or anything like that you should be good to go I'm not heard of anybody with any crazy stories of not being able to get this to be configured so once that's up and running then I'm going to turn my controller now as it mines pretty compatible I'm using an Xbox one s5 by the way now thing is controlling your setup your controls if you're using an Xbox controller remember that this is the Nintendo layout so the a and the B buttons and the X and the y buttons are the opposite way around so for me with my xbox pad I'm gonna put the a button as B I know it sounds crazy B button as a X button as Y and the X button sorry Y button as X next thing there and bumper buttons I'm going to do the left bumper button right bumper button left trigger right trigger C stick this is the stick best to the right of the screen on the 3ds so I'm gonna be using my right most analog stick so you can go through it and do it this way however to get the profit sensitivity with all this click on set a lipstick and it says after pressing ok first move your joystick horizontally in other words left or right and then use it and then vertically so up and down so I'm gonna click on OK then I'm going to press it to the left and then I'm gonna press it up and as you can see it's been a tall for me better external pad this is just your d-pad on your controller so left right now see stick or circle pad oh sorry circle pad this is your analog stick so the leftmost analog stick on your controller so it should be the exactly same as like we did with the c stick so click on set analog stick click on ok then do it left and then do it up and as you can see it's configured itself next bit thin for me click on start click on select and once I start then click on graphics so at this stage this is where things are really gonna impact and to be honest it depends on the PC that you'll run into what kind of settings we can put in here and again it depends on the game that were run in how intensive it is what kind of PC so there's a lot of variables so it's not really worth messing around too much at this stage until you get it run in a game and then you can kind of see what kind of performance you get in and as we'll see in a second how far we can push it depended on your computer but for now I'm gonna keep everything as standard there's nothing else I need to mess around with here except the layout of the screen default is one big screen at the top the little screen at the bottom for me I like to have the big screen as big as I can so I'm gonna go in this default I'm gonna put this on large B so I got a massive main screen and a little tiny hello screaming the bottom round corner next thing then go into audio leave this default you don't really mess around with anything minute otherwise you may have issues with audio camera this is a new addition you can actually use your webcam now as it would be on your official 3ds so choose which cover you want to mess around with me I'm gonna do it with the front camera and then if you've got a webcam it will short here if you've not then put it on blank but you can also depend it on what game you're playing and utilize your the camera from the 3ds in virtually different ways so if you haven't got a webcam and you can upload a picture of yourself and pretend that this is a picture taken from your webcam or you can actually use your camera itself and do it that way pens on your setup but I'm gonna leave this as standard as normal next thing then don't miss run with anything a debug unless you're pretty advanced user or you been doing for a while next thing then he has got online play and we'll talk about this more at the end of the video too much for now let's play that way and then click on okay and all those settings will now be held on your PC so when now should be able to at least run again so first things first double click on answer add a new folder to the games list so now what Citra does is instead of just adding a game or looking for you game you can actually get them all to display in the Emily to itself so double click on it now what I want to do is go to the location of where my games up so for me it's in 3ds games so as you can see on my desktop I've got various different games in here and these are in various different format now for the games you want to be getting them from your 3ds you can dump them yourself again in the description down below or per link to this place here which is frequently asked questions we've everything revolved in around such or how to get things working involving get any games and all that kind of stuff put in here is a section on dumped in your own games so he can officially download them from your 3d s again links are in the description I'll guide you here talk through it all or you can actually get ones that installed on your 3ds in the words a shop games and they come in a different format also CX I games are normally games that I've been installed from the eShop and your 3d Dot 3d s games are ones that are dumped from the carts let's say now obviously you can get these on the internet a lot kind of stuff but we won't cover that because it depends on what country from legalities all that kind of stuff so it's something that I can't cover that in this video but the official way of doing this is obviously downloading it three free D s now I've got icons on mine that's because I've got a program that actually recognizes these 3d s files so that's reason your Mazal different you're probably blank or tied to another application that you've got that recognizes don't worry about the icons for now and as you can see we've gone to the location of where we just put a bit too if I do select folder it will now import all those games that we just looked at into the 3d sorry to the Citra and you see girl now here they're all got the title it tells you the compatibility where it's from the file type and of course the size of the game and you've also got some nice little handy icons to keep your eyes happy now for us we're all set and ready to rumble now we should be able to launch games from this moment on but hang on before you start clicking off the video because there is other stuff that we need to do for certain games but for testing let's launch game up just to make sure everything is running now I believe if you've got a pad that has got touch input you can use it to be your actual touch input on the screen but for me I used my mouse and this acts as on the right-hand or deep the bottom screen on this 3ds which is emulated on the right-hand side on the emulator if I touch it in a certain location then that's as if I'm pressing it on that screen so let's get into the game it should give me a screen on the right hand side there we go so if I were suppressed somewhere on the what would be the bottom screen on the 3ds then I can click on whatever I want to in here as you can see or of course most games of it so you can use your controller and there we go we've got the game up and running and ready to rumble but for us what we want to do is certain games when you launch let's say for example Mario Kart 7 as you can see it needs certain files from your 3d s in other words on your original 3ds you've got a profile that is held in a certain location obviously the Citra team cannot give you that because first off it's your file and your profile so they can't really mess around with that also many of the files and folders that are in there are actually copyrighted to Nintendo so it's unable for them to actually share it but again legally you want to be dumped in your own and also you want to be using your anyway because that's your profile before your saved games or your profile from your 3ds and you get an all-round better experience doing it that way so what we need to do now is exit out of here so exit out and what we want to do is add that folder to our citrus center so let's exit out of the emulator and I've got my user folder here so in here we've got all different ones that have been dumped from my system so it's exit out now what we want to do is put it in the location where Citra knows where the magics happening so me what I want to do is a little file explorer go into the top tab at the top here and what I want to put in there is centage app data app data as you can see that then I want to do another percentage sign and this will take me to a folder which is normally hidden by my computer click on there and as we can see it's taking me to my profile on my computer and update a1 and it took me into Roman this is where Citra basically stores all your user profile data so as you can see I've already got a folder in there that's it repaid when we install the emulator click on there and as you can see we've got various different folders that Citra has made for our profile so far just utilizing the emulator itself well why would I do is put my profile into there so let's double click on and as you can see the files of the folders match up with some of the ones that already exist so I'm gonna copy copy and paste now we'll ask probably do you want to overwrite certain files because some of them have already been created by the fall sorry B came later itself yeah I want to replace them because now that's gonna up my profile from my 3d s into the emulator itself which is awesome so let's exit out of there now we're launch it up because I've got my profile that I've already made Citra may look a little bit different okay let's the once all that it's done then what you want to do is boot up the game again get into a game and now what we can do is start ramping this up so as you can see I've just booted up Mario Kart 7 and now everything is more or less set to default as we well set it up a few seconds ago so yeah everything is playing and it's pretty playing pretty damn well but to be honest it doesn't look as good as what it could so I'm gonna pause this and now what we can do is go into the emulation tab configure and now we can start to rump this puppy up now the performance and how far you can push this again will depend on what kind of system you're running if you've got more of a high-end PC then you'll be able to push this a lot further those of you with AMD graphics cards you may not see as good performance because of the way that it uses OpenGL that's the driver that runs this emulator and OpenGL isn't supported very well by AMD or at least it's not compatible through this emulator using OpenGL so if you have got the opportunity and it's not up to its full potential and you have got an Intel based CPU get better performance from disabling your graphics card through this emulator and utilizing your onboard one again I'm not gonna go through that in this video because that's very troublesome time extensive and that I'll be for the few people out there and sorry if it has happened but I'll put a link in the description down below that will aid you to actually doing that P self but for those of you who are doing pretty well and up to this stage then now we can start to ramp things up so I'm now gonna go on to 720p which should clear all this pixelated mess up and get it looking pretty damn good I know I can push my luck further but for now okay with that as you can see I've just enabled it and now it looks beautiful absolutely beautiful now for those of you who want to take it further most of you should be able to get up to 720p no problem even on a very low-end PC even on onboard graphics but for those of you do you want to take it even further now we can start to push you up even further now I know for a start then I can go all the way up to 4k now many of you out there when you say why go to 4k is just 3ds game and there's no reason to well yeah texture wise we won't get much increases by pushing it that far especially from I don't know 1080 to 4k but the way that the game is rendered 3d games should I say you will see a lot crisper detail on the outlines now even if you're not running a 4k monitor or TV you will still see better forms because what's happening is this emulator hasn't really got an T lies in our post-processing going on so even if you run it at the native resolution of your monitor which is likely 1080p you will still see a few jaggies from time to time so push it even further so it's more or less crystal clear even that running at 1080p then put it on to 4k internal resolution as we're gonna do now will clear up many of those jaggies so you get the best experience possible so yeah even though you're not playing on a 4k monitor you will get better visuals but obviously some of you may not be able to push it that far because your system may not be able to handle it so keep on ramping up one step at a time until you get to a stage where you get the best experience possible graphically but also of course you've not seen any slowdowns whatsoever something that you want to be looking out for on here is you're in the bottom here you've got speed 100% and you've got the game 60 frames per second this is a 60 frames per second game that our games out there that run at 30 frames per second if you was to turn on a something like that that gives you statistics on your system it may show you there that it's run in 60 frames-per-second boroughs down here is showing 30 frames per second that's because the gain of the emulator should I say is running at 60 but it will only be outputs in 30 frames per second does that make sense so it's not into politics in the paper so that word I can't say that word ever it's not basically rendering every frame of them 60 it's just rendering 30 of those 60 frames so that's why your graphics card or something up monitoring your graphics may pick up 60 here even though you'd only get in 30 or in some cases 20 spend it on what gaming playing down here so hopefully that's cleared up a few of your questions so once you've done that then you're pretty much good to go your emulator is good you've ramped it up as far as you can the only thing left to do is going back into graphics again now some games you may get graphical issues you may get slowed down too may get all kinds of errors going on some games do recommend that you tick these boxes or untick them basically if you hover over it again you get a little thing saying what it's about so this one is correctly handle all edge cases and multiplication operation in shaders I will support that in layman's terms so in other words some games require this for a hardware shader to learn this properly so we're running this at this moment by ticking this box using our GPU if you unta kit then what it's going to do is just gonna run on your CPU so you don't really want to be doing that because then it goes back to the old version of sitri which ran really really slow so you should pretty much always have this tips however by taking this some games may break so by on ticking and ticking some of these boxes you will get the best experience depending on that game but to be honest for the majority of them I've more or less put everything off so everything is handled by the actual GPU itself for those problematic ones so you may have to mess around with a couple of these set and again depending on whatever layout you want to use change this and it will do the different layout as you can see depending on whatever game you play so to get the multiplayer side of it all setup you have to do have to jump through a few hoops first off click on the further mobs tab in the configuration menu it will give you a screen like this so it says by providing your username and token you agreed to Citra to collect additional usage information sorry usage data which may include user identifying information in other words you're gonna be setting up a profile within that profile will have your information there just warning you that by doing it you are going to be sharing that with the team but of course it's your option if you want to go down that route so first thing to do is click on signup it will guide you to a section of the website as you can see here and at this point you put in your Google account or your get help account and then you can make a profile on the website which will then allow you to make a token so once you've done all that put all the information click on login exit out and go back to the emulator then once all that's done and you're signed into the website you can put what is my token it will guide you to this portion of the website here and because you've already logged in when you go to this section here of click here it will give you a location on the internet which will have your token or your cold there I can't click on it because then you'll know mine even then I'll possibly get bumped from people doing stuff on the Internet as it does so click on there it will give you a little code once that's done then put the code into there but wherever it is username that you signed up with there click on verify and you're good to go the only thing that you need to do we need to go on the online thing and it's opened up is keep it active so even though you're playing in game and stuff there's a little chat room that you can see everybody online within your room and whatever game you'll choose to play you sort it out with each other and then you're good to go that way it's as if everybody is in the same room as you and you're playing multiplayer locally does that make any sense I don't know if there is any worries let me know in the comments down below and I'll do my best to do an in-depth version of this session obviously I can only do it so much now because I would be releasing all my information but for those of you who are struggling I can make I don't know a burn account and do it that way so hopefully now you are up and running you've got everything configured and you should be good to go if you have got any issues put them in the comments down below I'm sure people will get involved I've also got a discord where you can you know ask people in the community people who have been along with this ask about different emulators all kinds of stuff in my discord and of course Citra has their discord in there also a link in the description that one and of course the website there's all kinds of information there there's a frequently asked questions a forum to get involved with so there is lots to support with this emulator and to be honest the entire scene and community revolving around cetera has always been awesome they just nail it every time when it comes to the way of doing things adding new features and the way they roll stuff out Citra are top-notch people and I tip my hat to them all so that's about it for today guys but we've covered everything so far again put in the comments down below what you'd like to see in the future does any other name ladies like me to cover but I think we have got everything sorted in this one if there's been an absolute pleasure bringing this one to you today I've been meaning to do some time but finally we've got around to it and hopefully that will update a lot of you who've been struggling with the more recent versions and of course those of you who are new to run in 3d s on the PC also again it's been an absolute pleasure please make sure you like please make sure you subscribe do all the things that you could ever imagine in this wonderful world where we get not just games working on our PC from the 3ds but we post them to the absolute maximum all the way to 4k 60 frames per second with whatever enhancements you desire but most of all most of all you have a good day laters