Well this is interesting: https://twitter.com/Manawyrm/status/1316416401171722240 https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?p=902486#p902486 Basically a controller that can run an ISA backplane over USB. Still lots of bugs for them to work out, but it can talk to an open source ISA backplane, which you can then plug in anything you like. From there, you can connect all manner of things, whether real hardware or emulators. Here's an example of the low level and very accurate "PCem" emulator running Monkey Island, with all sound running over the bus to the real hardware ISA card (Twitter video that I can't embed, sorry): https://twitter.com/Manawyrm/status/1316416815598317569 Here's another video of PCem using both ISA audio AND an ISA video card (which it can boot from), which is nuts. Currently video is slow (apparently writes are fast, but reads are slow, which is causing the display lag). But this is early stuff and there's a lot of work to be done yet, which might fix this entirely: The implications here are enormous. We're doing GPU over USB3/thunderbolt now already on newer PC devices. Makes total sense that we could wrap up ISA/VLB/PCI era hardware and send that over the same. I've long moaned that PC hardware doesn't have the sort of development we see in the console and microcomputer world purely because it's (a) so easy to find, and (b) largely backwards compatible. But as everyone here knows, you can't just go and bang an ISA card in your brand spanking new Threadripper or i9 box, which kind of sucks if you want to play the occasional old game with certain accuracy hardware, but don't want to bother with maintaining an entire second retro system just for that. This is exactly the sort of thing I've wanted to see developed for ages. I really do hope this extends across a whole range of connectors, and lets you plug anything you like into your new system to play legacy stuff without the need for 100% legacy hardware, nor 100% emulation.