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RecalBox finally out of Beta – full version 4.0.0 released

RecalBox 4.0.0 has been released and this means the full, final version is here. There are several updates and fixes included with this new version.

After going through 6 Beta versions it’s great to see the final release is now available.

Updates since the last beta include:

  • Support for USB keys
  • New ES languages
  • Retroachievements
  • New Recalbox theme
  • Powerswitch (through dedicated boards or GPIO)
  • New shaders + Integer Scale display
  • New automatic configuration for ScummVM, N64 and Moonlight

To find out more about this new version of RecalBox – please visit the official homepage at –  www.recalbox.com

To download the latest version please go get it from GitHub here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases

And here’s a YouTube video of RecalBox 4.0.0 in Action

RetroPie 4.1 released to the public

After a bit of a wait between releases, version 4.1 of RetroPie has made its debut.

A lot of emulators have been upgraded to the latest versions (including lr-mame2003 and lr-fbalpha). RetroArch has also been updated.

Visually RetroPie has had an update as well with some new themes available for download and install.

A complete list of new features and changes include:

  • Updated RetroArch and many libretro cores to the latest versions.
  • Some libretro packages have been renamed to match the upstream core names:
    • lr-fba to lr-fbalpha2012
    • lr-fba-next to lr-fbalpha
    • lr-pocketsnes to lr-snes9x2002
    • lr-catsfc to lr-snes9x2005
    • lr-snes9x-next to lr-snes9x2010
  • Updated Vice (C64 emulator) to the latest version.
  • Fixed PPSSPP building on the RPI and updated it to the latest version.
  • lr-fba-next updated to fbalpha v0.2.97.39 including fixes for Irem hardware on arm (rtype / rtype 2 etc)
  • WiFi configuration – added ability to import Wifi ssid/psk from /boot/wifikeyfile.txt for set-up without a keyboard.
  • Updated Fuse (Spectrum emulator) to v1.3.0
  • Updated Zesarux (Spectrum / CPC emulator) to the latest version.
  • Include lr-glupen64 by default on image (moved from optional to main).
  • Added darkplaces-quake to optional packages. When installing/update the Quake emulators, launch scripts for any installed mission packs will be created.
  • Build ResidualVM with SDL2 + opengles support.
  • Added steam controller driver from https://github.com/ynsta/steamcontroller
  • Added mk_arcade_joystick_rpi driver from https://github.com/recalbox/mk_arcade_joystick_rpi
  • Fixed build issues on uae4arm, and kickstart removal on upgrade of uae4arm/uae4all.
  • Screensaver / Screen dimming in Emulation Station no longer stops the built in scraper.
  • Compatibility with upstream plymouth changes. Image is based on the latest upstream Raspbian Lite from 2016-09-23 with all updates.
  • New themes added to the theme installer – including pixel-meta, pixel-tft, luminous, minilumi from Rookervik and io and spare themes from Mattrixk
  • New packages added to experimental section
    • Added emulators lr-beetle-pcfx (PCFX emulator)
    • Added retropie-manager web interface (based on recalbox-manager).
    • Added pcsx2 emulator (Playstation 2 emulator – x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added openpht  (x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added fs-uae (Amiga emulator – x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added lr-bsnes (Super Nintendo emulator – x86/x86_64 only)
    • Added lr-hatari (Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon emulator)
  • Added some RetroPie-Setup function documentation to aid those contributing code – https://retropie.org.uk/retropie-setup-api/
  • Various other improvements / bugfixes

To read more about ReroPie 4.1 please visit the official webpage at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/11/retropie-4-1-released/

or you can download the new image from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

Pi Entertainment System (PES) version 2.0 released

We’re a little behind the 8 ball here but not by much. Version 2 of PES has been released and comes with a pretty major GUI overhaul. A list of the updates and new features include:

  • ROM scanning is now up to 5x faster thanks to a parallel (multi processor) approach
  • New GUI with various features!
  • Added PS3 GASIA support
  • Added support for RetroAchievements.org
  • FAT32 now used for /data partition

For more information you can visit the official PES website at – http://pes.mundayweb.com/

A video of PES v2.0 in action is here on YouTube (although it is in Spanish Brazilian Portuguese you can get an idea of what PES 2.0 looks like)

Lakka updated with new version of RetroArch

Lakka, one of the lesser known options for Retro Gaming on the Raspberry Pi has just gone through an update. It now includes the latest version of RetroArch – version 1.3.6.

Changes from the previous version include :

  • Updated RetroArch to 1.3.6, this brings in all the new shiny stuff about downloading free games directly from the menu.
  • Updated kernel and GPU blobs for OdroidXU3. Performance is said to be better.
  • Atari800 packaged
  • Assets, core informations, databases updated
  • Fixed FBA scanning
  • Updated Gambatte, fixes the savestates bug
  • Fixed command line updater for imx6
  • Added an ncurses interface for easier wifi configuration (still command line based)
  • moved the builds to a new server provided by a sponsor

You can read the official release page here – http://www.lakka.tv/articles/2016/08/23/lakka-update-including-retroarch-136/

Or you can download the latest version from here – http://www.lakka.tv/get/linux/

RetroPie 4.0.2 made available

Shortly following the release of 4.0 we now have RetroPie version 4.0.2. This latest release includes some bug fixes but also includes the Dolphin emulator – which is a GameCube and Nintendo Wii emulator. Unfortunately for Raspberry Pi users it will only run on the x86/64 platform so PC users only. Maybe we’ll get Dolphin on the Pi soon.

A list of changes since 4.0 include:

  • Added Dolphin GameCube/Wii emulator to experimental (x86/x86_64 only).
  • Fixed issue that caused system retroarch configs to be reset/overwritten when they didn’t end with a complete line (ending in LF character).
  • Uae4arm – fixed issue with kickstart rom being overwritten when updating. Added missing dependency.
  • Mupen64plus – fix for The Legend of Zelda: Majoras’s Mask.
  • Wolf4SDL – launch Wolfenstein 3D shareware by default.
  • Quake3 – fixed demo files extraction path.
  • SDLPoP – fixed saving.
  • joy2key – ignore ps3 potentiometer (avoids triggering runcommand menu accidentally). Fixed joy2key not being stopped on exiting RetroPie-Setup.

For more information you can visit the official RetroPie releas page at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/08/retropie-4-0-2-released/

or the new image can be downloaded from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

 

RetroPie 4.0 released

It has been teased for a while now but version 4.0 of RetroPie has finally made its appearance. This new release brings a host of updates and new features and is touted as being more modular than ever.

A few of the updates and enhancements include:

  • Improved management of RetroPie components.
  • Better N64 emulation.
  • Improvements to configuration of Xbox/8Bitdo gamepad
  • Analogue support in lr-mame2003 and correct aspect ratios for games.
  • Splashscreen/Carbon Emulation Station theme updates.

Changes from the previous version (v3.8.1) include:

  • Setup script improvements:
    • Added the ability to install/update and remove packages.
    • Added help docs to the setup script.
  • Renamed mednafen emulators to beetle to match upstream libretro repositories.
  • Renaming of ES input configuration which was causing confusion for shoulder/trigger inputs.
  • Much faster Emulation Station start-up in gamelist only mode.
  • Updated Xpad driver included with “trigger to button” enabled, so mapping of Xbox 360 / Logitech trigger buttons is easier.
  • Input configuration script to set up player 1 automatically on pifba and pisnes.
  • Configuration Editor can now help you configure player gamepad order for libretro emulators.
  • Updated PSP emulators ppsspp and lr-ppsspp with a fix for the pausing during play.
  • Autostart improvements: boot to kodi option added – (exiting kodi will take you back to emulationstation).
  • Improvements to mupen64plus Glide64 video plugin, which is now the default.
  • Added new libretro emulator based on mupen64 – lr-glupen64.
  • lr-mame2003 updates – support for mice/analogue joystick support. Fixed aspect ratio issues.
  • Updates to various other emulators including reicast, lr-fceumm, lr-nestopia, lr-snes9x-next and the RetroArch frontend.
  • SDL2 dispmanx scaling, so SDL2 software can render to a lower resolution and be scaled in hardware. This enhances performance on mupen64plus for example, without having to change the video mode.
  • Improvements to the Bluetooth module, including the ability to try and reconnect to devices in the background, and an option to switch off our mapping hack for 8bitdo, so devices with a newer firmware will map correctly for RetroArch. Fix pairing with Android phones.
  • Splashscreen improvements: New default splashscreen and a new splashscreen repository with additional splashscreens.
  • Support for configs/all/runcommand-onstart.sh  configs/all/runcommand-onend.sh user scripts
  • New experimental modules:
    • TRS-80 emulator sdltrs.
    • TI-99/4A emulator ti99sim.
    • Oric 1/Atmos emulator Oricutron.
    • Dinothawr (lr-dinothawr – standalone libretro puzzle game).
    • lr-mame2014  (Late 2014/Early 2015 version of MAME – uses 0.159 romset)
    • Alternate Virtual Gamepad by sbidolach.
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements.

For a full list of changes go to the official RetroPie 4.0 release page at –  https://retropie.org.uk/2016/08/retropie-4-0-released/

You can download the new version from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

 

 

New Commodore 64 game coming

Seems the good old Commodore 64 still has more to give with  a new game on the Horizon. Titled My Life!, it bills itself as the spiritual successor to the well known favorite Mikie.

Take control of Eugene, a hapless chappie, who has to work his way through a stressful week in order to earn a well-earned sleep-in at the weekend.  Avoid all manner of meanies including vicious vacuum cleaners, rampaging roadsweepers, terrible toddlers, scary security guards and more as you stomp your way through each screen.

Features of the new game include:

• 20 screens to stomp your way through!

• Tons of catchy tunes and arcade style jingles!

• Fantastic colourful cartoon graphics and detailed characters!

• Stunning authentic retro-style packaging!

• End scene – if you can reach it!
For more information visit the official website for the game at – http://www.psytronik.net/newsite/index.php/c64/75-mylife
you can also checkout the action on Youtube here –

Another update to RecalBox with RecalBox 4.0.0 beta 5 released

It seems updates to RecalBox are coming thick and fast. We now have another new version with RecalBox 4.0.0 beta 5.

A number of fixes and tweaks are built into this beta release which includes:

  • Updated libretro mame 2003 core. Fixes the ratio issue in mame.
  • Improved pads and gpio support for moonlight
  • Change location of PM2_HOME to fix a bug with API daemon
  • Disable printer sharing to reduce log output
  • Prevent MacOS from adding its .DS_store

For more information please visit the official RecalBox release page where you can download the latest version here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases

RecalBox v4.0.0 Beta 4 released

Another month and another update to RecalBox. This brings the beta releases up to version 4 so the official full release of version 4.0 shouldn’t be too far off – as quoted from the RecalBox website.

This new beta version includes many new updates and features including:

– Update to “moonlight-embedded-2.2.1” (it still displays 2.2.0 when running), adds support for “GFE 2.11”
– Added “enet” library for “moonlight-embedded-2.2.0”
– Solved a bug on “xarcade” where the B button and the Hotkey were sending the same event
– Slide transition by default in “EmulationStation”
– Power management switch support (power, reset and LED) for pin 3/5/6
– Added “ifconfig -a” and “/boot/recalbox-boot.conf” in “recalbox-support.sh”
– “S99Custom” now transmits its init parameter to “custom.sh”
– Bumped “retroarch” to version 1.3.4
– Add “ipega 9021” rules
– Added “stat” in busybox
– Added integer scale (Pixel Perfect) option!

For more information checkout the RecalBox blog at – http://blog.recalbox.com/

and you can download this latest beta release from here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases/tag/4.0.0-beta4

RetroPie version 4.0 available

Great news this week with the release of the beta version of RetroPie 4.0 (beta2). This new version brings a whole host of new features and shows the future direction that the RetroPie team is heading with the project.

While it is not being pushed as their official release, you can download this beta and test it out.

Some of the improvements and added features include:

  • Setup script improvements:
    • Added the ability to install/update and remove packages.
    • Added help docs to the setup script.
  • Renamed mednafen emulators to beetle to match upstream libretro repositories.
  • Input configuration script to set up player 1 automatically on pifba.
  • Updated PSP emulators ppsspp and lr-ppsspp with a fix for the pausing during play.
  • Autostart improvements: boot to kodi option added – (exiting kodi will take you back to emulationstation).
  • Improvements to the bluetooth module.
  • Splashscreen improvements: New default splashscreen thanks to rookervik and a new splashscreen repository with more splashscreens.
  • New experimental modules:
    • TRS-80 emulator sdltrs.
    • TI-99/4A emulator ti99sim.
    • Oric 1/Atmos emulator Oricutron.
    • Dinothawr (lr-dinothawr – standalone libretro puzzle game).
    • Alternate Virtual Gamepad by sbidolach.
  • Various bugfixes and improvements.

You can download RetroPie 4.0 beta 2 from the official download site here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

Also checkout this breakdown video posted by one of the RetroPie team –