Indie developer Bernhard Schelling has announced DOSBox Pure (opens in new tab), a forthcoming version of the open-source DOS emulator designed to be compatible with emulator frontend RetroArch (opens in new tab), which has struggled with it in the past. DOSBox Pure will include new features like the ability to launch games directly from zip files and mount CD images from them, as well as full controller support, with mouse, keyboard, and joystick mapping. It'll have a cheat menu and the ability to search for new cheats in a game's code, and support for save states as demonstrated by a clip of some classic reloading until you hit an unlikely shot in Jagged Alliance.
There's also MIDI support with SoundFonts, an on-screen keyboard you can bring up, a startup menu with an austostart option, a database with info on 20 years' worth of games, and probably more features that I didn't notice because I got caught up in a wave of nostalgia seeing games like Descent, Command & Conquer, and Syndicate again. And is that developer Crack dot Com's only game, the sidescroller Abuse?
The announcement video ends by noting that DOSBox pure will be "Coming in winter 2020 (I hope)". Can't wait.