citra VS DS4Windows

Compare citra vs DS4Windows and see what are their differences.


A Nintendo 3DS Emulator (by citra-emu)


Like those other ds4tools, but sexier (by Ryochan7)
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citra DS4Windows
217 589
10,081 4,012
1.3% -
9.6 9.8
7 days ago over 2 years ago
C++ C#
GNU General Public License v3.0 only MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of citra. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-11.
  • The BEST Emulators of 2023 || Modern Vintage Gamer
    3 projects | /r/Games | 11 Dec 2023
    Doesn't cover 3DS (Citra)
  • Rokid Max Review and Many Tips
    5 projects | /r/rokid_official | 21 Jul 2023
    Another wonderful option is to play Nintendo 3DS games with the Citra emulator. They look incredible. I would go so far as to say that if you're a fan of the console then this is the best way to experience its games, even better than on the original hardware. Again use 3840x1200 @ 60 Hz and full SBS. In Emulation -> Configure... -> Graphics -> Stereoscopy set it to "Side by Side". Also increase the renderer internal resolution to as high as your PC can handle (I used "5x Native"). We'll also have to set the display layout for our resolution and aspect ratio. Unfortunately, this has to be done manually. Browse to %APPDATA%\Citra\config and edit qt-config.ini with this in the [display] section:
  • Help, so i saw on a video that to make amiibo work on citra you have to put .bin amiibo files in the amiibo folder in citra-emu folder but it isn't there
    2 projects | /r/Roms | 12 Jul 2023
    After some more research, I discovered that the Citra devs discovered and fixed this issue by allowing the Back button to open the in-emulation menu. This fix was added on Jan 22 2023. When I checked the version of Citra available on the Google Play Store on my phone, it was a very old version from May 2021, which is strange because viewing the same Play Store page on my computer shows it was updated in April 2023... maybe your Play Store version is also outdated? If so, the only solution I can think of would be to install the apk from the Citra Nightly github repo.
  • Cemu Wii u emulator ios
    2 projects | /r/emulators | 30 Jun 2023
    4 projects | /r/emulation | 28 May 2023
    There have been several recent changes merged for custom textures. Here is one of the pull requests for example: The slow loading you're talking about was only an issue for me if preload custom textures was enabled.
  • Vulkan for Citra Official is here!
    2 projects | /r/EmulationOnAndroid | 9 May 2023 the link for those who might want to give it a try.
    2 projects | /r/EmulationOnAndroid | 9 May 2023
    There has been a new version posted today and doesn't seem to have the crashing issues of the older version
  • 3DS emulation on Mac M2?
    4 projects | /r/macgaming | 5 May 2023
    I just followed the build-it-yourself instructions here and it was easy-peasy.. tried a game and it works great
    4 projects | /r/macgaming | 5 May 2023
    Just used the instructions here to build it myself. I can open it but I also get the error as soon as I try to run anything.. that my system doesn't support OpenGL. Looked in the settings but there isn't any way yet to switch to Vulkan. I think Vulkan support is coming very soon but hasn't landed yet.
  • You guys like 3ds emulation
    2 projects | /r/SteamDeck | 8 Apr 2023
    That's weird, since it was implemented in November 2022 (I only know this because I was looking it up yesterday for another use case)


Posts with mentions or reviews of DS4Windows. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-11-19.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing citra and DS4Windows you can also consider the following projects:

DualSenseX - Connect your DualSense Controller, use Adaptive Triggers, Emulate Xbox 360 or DualShock 4 through USB or Bluetooth on PC

hidusbf - USB Mice Overclocking Software (for Windows)

yuzu - Nintendo Switch emulator

BetterJoy - Allows the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, Joycons and SNES controller to be used with CEMU, Citra, Dolphin, Yuzu and as generic XInput

DsHidMini - Virtual HID Mini-user-mode-driver for Sony DualShock 3 Controllers

DualSense-Windows - Windows API for the PS5 DualSense controller

citra-Apple-Silicon-Build - A Nintendo 3DS Emulator

Ryujinx - Experimental Nintendo Switch Emulator written in C#

duckstation - Fast PlayStation 1 emulator for x86-64/AArch32/AArch64

ViGEmBus - Windows kernel-mode driver emulating well-known USB game controllers.

ScpToolkit - Windows Driver and XInput Wrapper for Sony DualShock 3/4 Controllers

melonDS - DS emulator, sorta