Zelda Breath of the Wild Runs Extremely Smooth on PC With Latest Cemu 1.8.0 Update

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The Legend Of Zelda Breath of the Wild

The team behind Wii U emulator Cemu has released version 1.8.0 which makes Zelda Breath of the Wild run extremely smooth on PC.

Available for Patreon members right away, Cemu version 1.8.0 offers improved performance and fixes various apparent visual artifacts that were present in previous versions of the popular emulator.

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A memory scanner has been added for version 1.8.0 alongside a full-screen maximization option. Furthermore, new graphical shaders for the vertex are now available. You can check out the full changelog below:

Cemu version 1.8.0

  • general: Added memory scanner (search and filter for values)
  • general: If Cemu is maximized to fullscreen, it will remain on the same monitor rather than defaulting to the primary monitor
  • RPL: Optimized loading of RPLs
  • GX2: Cemu now uses separable shaders
    Vertex, geometry and pixel shaders are split into separate and independent programs rather than bundling them into setsThis change breaks compatibility with pre-1.8.0 shader caches and graphic packs (if they contain shaders)
  • GX2: Added support for using the same texture multiple times with different sampler parameters during a single drawcall
  • GX2: Graphic pack texture rules will automatically scale gl_FragCoord
  • GX2: Implemented shader instructions RECIPSQRT_FF and RECIP_FF
  • GX2: GPU7 shader decompiler will output slightly more optimized GLSL code
  • GX2: Better detection for invalidation of data in Streamout cache
  • GX2: Optimized frequently used GX2 API
  • GX2: Optimized texture decoding
  • GX2: Added command line option ‘-nsight’ to allow debugging via NVIDIA Nsight


If you want to see how well Zelda Breath of the Wild performs with Cemu 1.8.0, check out this video from Bahax PC Gaming below:

As said, version 1.8.0 is available now for Patreon members but will be made available to the public on May 30.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released back in March of this year alongside the Nintendo Switch, and is also available for the Nintendo Wii U. You can read our review of the game right here.

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