Project64

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Project64 is no doubt the most popular N64 emulator available. Randomizer staff will support Project 64 3.0.0 or newer which was released on May 26, 2021. We will not directly support any previous version.

Please keep in mind that using Project64 v2.x for racing is against our community's racing rules. Project64 v3.0.0 or newer as well as Bizhawk and Retroarch are the recommended emulators for racing.

Download Project64 v3.0.0 or newer

Configure Controller

First, read the Controller Setup guide. Ensure the controller is calibrated, and if you are using one of the controllers with additional setups steps in that guide make sure you follow them.

When using an Xbox controller, or any controller that is an XInput device, you must first go to OptionsSettings...Plugins and change the Input (controller) plugin from Project64 Input Plugin to N-Rage for PJ64. Then navigate to OptionsConfigure controller plugin... and check XInput at the top. This will change the bind menu to be more appropriate for your device.2 The XControl column is the button on your controller, and the N64 column is the button on the N64 controller you want it to use.

For other controllers and keyboard users, use the default Project64 Input Plugin (or ensure that XInput does not have a check by it). Click on the button for the control you want to bind a button to and the menu will wait for you to press a button on the controller or a key on your keyboard to use for the button. You may need to change these again if you switch controllers.

If you use a keyboard, you will also want to increase the Analog StickRange to 100%.

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Recommended Settings

Video (Graphics) Plugin

The GlideN64 Plugin is recommended. To do this, launch Project64 and navigate to OptionsSettings... or press Ctrl+T to open the Settings menu.

In the Settings menu, go to the Plugins section and change your Video (Graphics) Plugin to GlideN64. Click Apply.

If your PC doesn't support this, you'll have to use the Project64 Video Plugin instead.

Jabo's Direct3D8 Plugin is not recommended.

Optional Settings

Enable Save States

To enable save states, launch Project64 and navigate to OptionsSettings... or press Ctrl+T to open the Settings menu.

In the Settings menu, click Options and untick Hide advanced settings. Click Apply.

You should now be able to utilize save states by navigating to System.

Pause/Unpause Emulation when Window is not Active

In the Settings menu, expand the Options list on the left-hand side and tick/untick the box for Pause emulation when window is not active section. Click Apply.

Remove the FPS Cap

To remove the FPS cap, launch Project64 and navigate to OptionsSettings... or press Ctrl+T to open the Settings menu.

In the Settings menu, click Options and untick Hide advanced settings. Click Apply.

You should now be able to remove the FPS Cap by loading a ROM, navigating to System and clicking on Limit FPS. Alternatively, you can just press F4 on your keyboard.

Resize Emulator Window

Go to OptionsConfigure Graphics Plugin and change the Windowed Resolution to whatever you prefer.

Show ROMs in ROM List

Right-click anywhere on the white screen and click on Choose ROM Directory... Select the respective folder that your ROMs are in.

Texture Packs

The following link will let you set up texture packs for Project64 v3.0.0 or newer

Required Settings for Racing

If you wish to partake in our community's races, then don't forgot to also configure the settings mentioned here.

Troubleshooting

Alt+Tabbing Crashes in Full-Screen Mode

Use the GlideN64 Video Plugin. If your PC doesn't support that plugin, you'll have to be aware to hit the "Escape" key on your keyboard before Alt+Tabbing.

Alternatively, you could also play in Windowed Mode. Navigate to OptionsConfigure Graphics Plugin... and adjust the Windowed Resolution accordingly. Click Save and Close.

Screen Flicker when Streaming

If using the GlideN64 Video Plugin, go to OptionsConfigure Graphics Plugin.... In the "Video" tab, check the "Overscan" box. Click Save and Close.

Error: uCode crc not found in INI, using currently selected uCode

This error is caused by Project64 using Project64-video not being able to find the Video.rdb file that should be in the Config directory in the Project64 folder. Double check that this file is in the right location. Also ensure you are not running Project64 from the zip file as it cannot see any of its required files and will throw strange errors like this one when it can't find them.

If you still get the error, make sure you're using Project64 v3.0.0 or newer. If your current Video (Graphics) Plugin is not already GlideN64, then change to that one. You can read here how to swap plugins. If that doesn't work, try the Project64 Video Plugin. If even this doesn't fix the issue, you can try Jabo's Direct3D8 Plugin as a last resort.