Which is better - RetroPie or RecalBox ?

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Hard question to ask – even harder to answer. It comes down to personal preference. Since they are both based around EmulationStation they look very similar. They each have their own development arc though so there are some differences between them.

What is your personal preference?

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I’ve played a little with both Recalbox and RetroPie – I’d say they were both very similar (unsurprising as they are both share pretty much the same components). My overall opinion is that Recalbox is probably slightly more polished for an everyday end-user who is just interested in playing roms whereas Retropie appears to have more possibility of customising the experience if you are into tweaking your setup.

For me an obvious difference is that currently only Retropie has C64/Vic20 support (Vice emulator) so that’s why I’ve started to explore Retropie instead.

Retropie is also supported via Berryboot, which is great to have a single SD card which can be booted into different setups.

Recalbox has a great web interface where you can remotely manage roms and config settings – but they both have easy samba shares which isn’t really any more complicated.

Recalbox has Kodi built-in from the start – Retropie appears to have Kodi as an optional experimental install – I choose to use Berryboot to boot Openelec instead.

You can’t really go wrong with either choice … they both get you up and running straight out of the box …. but the berryboot support and vice emulator of retropie gives me the those extra features without trying to add that into recalbox. Should recalbox get  those features then my answer may change.

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