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 An '''​emulator'''​ is a program that mimics another device, allowing programs to be run on another device as if they were running natively. An '''​emulator'''​ is a program that mimics another device, allowing programs to be run on another device as if they were running natively.
  
-Video game companies have used emulators to run games from past consoles ​on modern hardware. ​ The [[Nintendo]] [[Virtual Console]] store, for [[Wii]], [[Wii U]] and [[Nintendo 3DS]], contains several emulators which run the games offered for sale on the device for which they were purchased.+Computer and video game companies have used emulators to run applications and games from past systems ​on modern hardware. 
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 +==Microsoft== 
 +The [[Microsoft]] [[Xbox 360]] had a custom emulator to play a selection of [[Xbox]] games. The [[Xbox One]], likewise, has emulators to play a selection of Xbox and [[Xbox 360]] game. 
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 +''​[[Rare Replay]]''​ had custom emulators to allow the Xbox One to play [[Sinclair]] [[ZX-Spectrum]],​ Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, and Xbox [[Rare]] games included in the compilation. The Xbox 360 games used the standard Microsoft emulator. 
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 +==Nintendo== 
 +The [[Nintendo]] [[Virtual Console]] store, for [[Wii]], [[Wii U]] and [[Nintendo 3DS]], contains several ​custom ​emulators which run the games offered for sale on the device for which they were purchased, including emulators for the [[Nintendo Entertainment System]], [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System]], [[Nintendo 64]], [[Game Boy]], [[Game Boy Color]], [[Game Boy Advance]], [[Nintendo DS]], [[Sega]] [[Master System]], [[Genesis]],​ [[NEC]] [[Turbografx-16]],​ [[SNK]] [[Neo Geo|Neo Geo AES]], [[Commodore]] [[Commodore 64|64]], [[MSX]], and [[arcade]] 
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 +[[Nintendo European Research & Development|NERD]] developed the Nintendo Entertainment System emulator used in the [[NES Classic Edition]] and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator used in the [[Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition]]. The [[Nintendo Entertainment System-Nintendo Switch Online|Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online]] service for the [[Nintendo Switch]] is based on NERD's NES Classic Edition emulator. 
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 +==Sega== 
 +Sega released several Genesis games for various systems via emulation:​ 
 +*''​[[Sega Smash Pack]]'':​ the [[Windows]] versions used [[KGen98]] and the [[Dreamcast]] version used a custom emulator. The Gameboy Advance version contained ports rather than emulated versions of the games. 
 +*''​[[Sega Genesis Collection]]'':​ by [[Digital Eclipse]] for [[PlayStation 2]] and [[PlayStation Portable]]. 
 +*''​[[Sonic'​s Ultimate Genesis Collection]]'':​ by [[Backbone Entertainment]] for Xbox 360 and [[PlayStation 3]]. 
 +*''​[[Sega Genesis Classics]]'':​ by [[d3t]] for [[Windows]],​ [[macOS]], [[Linux]], [[PlayStation 4]], Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 
 +*''​[[Sega Ages]]'':​ by [[M2]] for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Switch. Previous Sega Ages titles were ports rather than emulation. 
 +*Single Genesis games were also released for various systems through emulation. In addition to the Virtual Console on Nintendo systems as listed above, emulated genesis games have also been released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, [[iOS]] and [[Android]]. 
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 +==Sony== 
 +The early [[Sony]] [[PlayStation 2]] consoles had a chip that allowed play of [[PlayStation]] games directly. Later PlayStation 2 models had this chip removed, and a custom emulator played PlayStation games. The [[PlayStation 3]] also had a custom emulator to play PlayStation games. Early models of the PlayStation 3 had a chip that allowed play of PlayStation 3 games directly. Later models had a custom emulator to play PlayStation 2 games, and this was taken out in later model revisions. The [[PlayStation 4]] is not capable of playing games from any previous console. 
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 +The [[PlayStation Classic]] uses the [[open-source]] emulator [[PCSX|PCSX ReARMed]] to play the included PlayStation games. 
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 +==Other== 
 +The cover disc of the eighth issue of [[Retro Gamer]] magazine, ''​[[The Graftgold Collection]]'',​ used fifteen emulators to play the thirty-one included [[Graftgold]] games across six platforms 
 +*[[Amiga]]: [[UAE]], [[Fellow]] 
 +*[[Amstrad CPC]]: [[Arnold]], [[CAP]], [[WinAPE]] 
 +*[[Atari ST]]: [[Winston]],​ [[Steem]], [[PCST]] 
 +*Commodore 64: [[CCS64]], [[Frodo]], [[VICE]] 
 +*[[Dragon]]:​ [[T3]] 
 +*ZX Spectrum: [[Spectacular]],​ [[Spin]], [[ZX32]]

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