The main developers of the 4DO emulator is JohnnyDude or Johny @ FourDO / 4DO.
Fourdo.com domain was about to expire, but was saved!
By enabling ads and outbound links, the new FourDO Management Team has secured an income for the site big enough for the site to stay online forever. All data will be preserved for archival purposes, so do not worry about it disappearing or being deleted.
freeDO was the open-source emulator on which 4DO and other 3DO emulators are based. FourDO had its time and carried the torch when the development of FreeDO stopped. The source code of 4DO spawned 4DO Libretro - 3DO Emulatord for RetroArch (Project is now also known as Opera) and Phoenix 3DO emu and its offspring Real3DOPlayer apk for Android.
Last message from JohnnyDude before leaving the projet:
This URL for 4DO (fourdo.com) will disconnect in July of 2023. Due to some years without active development, this feels suitable as a web hosting cost savings for myself (Johnny). This disconnection will include the attached forum and wiki sites.
I could still be available to help others with general knowledge of 3DO emulation. I cannot speak to the intention of any other individuals who have helped me support 3DO emulation. I’m grateful for the help I received, and I’m happy to have contributed to the cause.
For people interested in modern 3DO emulation, I’m aware of other somewhat active projects.
- There is a 3DO emulation core known as Opera available within the RetroArch project, which is open source and seems to be the most active in development for 3do emulation. It has my recommendation as the best available open-source low-level 3do emulation option, and its source code is available at https://github.com/libretro/opera-libretro
- There is an emulator named Phoenix that does HLE (high-level emulation) with impressive accuracy and performance, and it has my recommendation as a high-level emulation option, especially for anybody that might wish to dabble with homebrew.
- FreeDO, the first major 3do emulator, is also still available, although seemingly without active development.
4DO’s source code’s last official home was sourceforce, here, where it is likely to remain unless someone else takes ownership.
Thank you to everyone in the 3DO community!