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May 28, 2013 // 11:15 pm - Following up on their previous updates, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developers Themaister and Squarepusher (aka Twin Aphex) have officially updated the PS3 Multi-system Game Emulator known as PS3 RetroArch to version 0.9.9 for DEX (and CEX) with the changes outlined below.

Download: RetroArch-PS3-v0.9.9-DEX.zip (141 MB) / RetroArch-PS3-CFW-0.9.9.zip (43 MB) / RetroArch 0.9.9 CEX (SingStar EU Spoof - NPEA00374) (46 MB)

From the PS3 NFO file: RETROARCH PS3 - 0.9.9

RetroConsole Level: 2
Author: Themaister, Squarepusher / Twin Aphex
Supports libretro GL: No

HOW TO INSTALL THIS

ON DEBUG (DEX) PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.9-dex.pkg' on your USB stick, put it in your PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - Select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.

ON CFW PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.9-cfw.pkg' on your USB stick. Put it in your CFW PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.

NOTE: The official release no longer supports Geohot / Wutangzra CFWs. If you must use them, you have to do pkg_finalize on the PKG to install it.

HOW TO USE THIS

On first startup, RetroArch will select one of the dozen or so emulator/game cores. The name of the core currently loaded will be shown at the top side of the screen.

You can now select a data file (ie. a game executable and/or a ROM) that this core supports and load it in the Filebrowser.

To select a different core - go to 'Core' in the Main Menu. Select a core and then press X to switch to the emulator/game core.

INGAME CONTROLS

During ingame operation you can do some extra actions:

  • Right Thumb Stick - Down - Fast-forwards the game
  • Right Thumb Stick - Up - Rewinds the game in real-time ('Rewind' has to be enabled in the 'Settings' menu - warning - comes at a performance decrease but will be worth it if you love this feature)
  • RStick Left + R2 - Decrease save state slot
  • Rtick Right + R2 - Increase save state slot
  • RStick Up + R2 - Load selected save state slot
  • RStick Down + R2 - Save selected save state slot
  • L3 + R3 - Go back to 'Menu'

WHAT IS RETROARCH?

RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight and portable. It has features few other emulator frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading.

WHAT IS LIBRETRO?

Libretro is the API that RetroArch uses. It makes it easy to port games and emulators to a single core backend, such as RetroArch.

For the user, this means - more ports to play with, more crossplatform portability, less worrying about developers having to reinvent the wheel writing boilerplate UI/port code - so that they can get busy with writing the emulator/porting the emulator/game.

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

Right now it's unique in that it runs the same emulator cores on multiple systems (such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, Xbox 1, etc). For each emulator 'core', RetroArch makes use of a library API that we like to call 'libretro'.

Think of libretro as an interface for emulator and game ports. You can make a libretro port once and expect the same code to run on all
the platforms that RetroArch supports. It's designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind so that the porter can worry about the port
at hand instead of having to wrestle with an obfuscatory API.

The purpose of libretro is to help ease the work of the emulator/game porter by giving him an API that allows him to target multiple
platforms at once without having to redo any code. He doesn't have to worry about writing input/video/audio drivers - all of that is supplied to him by RetroArch. All he has to do is to have the emulator port hook into the libretro API and that's it - we take care of the rest.

PLAYSTATION 3 PORT

The PS3 port of RetroArch is one of the most developed console ports of RetroArch.

A couple of unique features RetroArch PS3 boasts that is not commonly found anywhere else:

  • Game-aware shading in every emulator now (*)
  • Real-time rewinding
  • More shader features (motion blurring, etc)
  • Switching between emulator cores seamlessly, and ability to install new libretro cores

Included with RetroArch PS3 are a bunch of shaders - including the latest versions of the popular xBR shader. It is possible to use two shaders simultaneously to get the best possible graphical look.

* Check out Opium2k's manual shaders for Zelda 3 and others - you can find DLC packs for RetroArch at this site: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/

EMULATOR/GAME CORES BUNDLED WITH PS3 PORT

The following emulators have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the PS3 release of RetroArch.

For more information about them, see the included 'retroarch-libretro-README.txt' file.

  • Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.28]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • NEStopia (Nintendo Entertainment System) [1.44]
  • Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive | Sega CD) [version 1.7.3]
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom) (v1.52.4)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
  • Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
  • Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket Color)
  • Mednafen VB (Virtual Boy)

All of the emulators listed above are the latest versions currently available. Most of them have been specifically optimized so that they
will run better on PS3 (some games would not reach fullspeed without these optimizations).

WHAT EXTENSIONS ARE SUPPORTED BY EACH CORE

  • Prboom wad
  • Tyrquake pak
  • SNES9x Next smc|fig|sfc|gd3|gd7|dx2|bsx|swc
  • Genesis Plus GX md|smd|bin|gen|bin|sms|gg|sg|cue
  • NXEngine/Cave Story exe
  • VBA Next gba
  • FCEUmm nes|unif
  • NEStopia nes|fds
  • Gambatte gb|gbc|dmg
  • Final Burn Alpha zip
  • Mednafen PCE pce|cue
  • Mednafen Wonderswan ws|wsc
  • Mednafen NGP ngp
  • Mednafen VB vb

ZIP SUPPORT

Selecting a ZIP file will temporarily unzip that file to the harddrive. The temporary file will be deleted as soon as the game gets unloaded and/or when you quit RetroArch.

NOTE: For the FBA core (and other cores that have 'block_extract' set to true) - selecting a ZIP file from the Filebrowser will load that game directly.

Troubleshooting

If you find that RetroArch no longer works for whatever reason, there is a way to get it back to work - Remove retroarch.cfg from the 'SSNE100000' folder, then start up again. The Libretro management service in RetroArch should automatically pick a random libretro core and write this to the config file.

What can you expect in the future?

  • Make the libxenon port release-worthy.
  • Finish up MAME 0.72 port
  • Finish up ScummVM port
  • Port of VICE to libretro
  • More emulators, more games that will run on RetroArch
  • Lots of other crazy ideas that might or might not pan out

Credits

  • Mudlord for his Waterpaint/Noise shaders.
  • Hyllian for the xBR shader.
  • Opium2k for the nice manual shaders (bundled with PS3 release).
  • Deank for assistance with RetroArch Salamander on CFW PS3s and Multiman interoperability.
  • FBA devs for adopting the libretro port.
  • Ekeeke for help with the Genesis Plus GX port.
  • ToadKing for having done a lot of work on RetroArch Wii.
  • Freakdave for helping out with the Xbox 1 port.

Web sites

Twitter: twitter.com/libretro
Source: github.com/libretro
Homepage: libretro.org
Opium2K DLC for RetroArch: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
IRC: #retroarch (freenode)

v0.9.9 Changelog:

  • (iOS) Initial release of RetroArch iOS.
  • (Blackberry) Initial release of RetroArch Blackberry (for BB10/Playbook).
  • [SNES9x Next] No longer disable high resolution for SA-1 games for Xbox 1 / Wii / Gamecube
  • [SNES9x Next] Seiken Densetsu 3/Romancing Saga 3 no longer downsample to low-resolution for high-resolution modes on Xbox 1/Gamecube/Wii
  • [SNES9x Next] Add Core Option - 'SuperFX Overclock'.
  • [SNES9x Next] [Gamecube/Wii] Use sthbrx/stwbrx for READ_WORD/WRITE_WORD macros - speedup.
  • [Gambatte] Fixed serious input reporting bug on libretro side that could drastically slow down gameplay speed - found an edge case in a Japanese Pokemon Blue version that triggered this.
  • [Gambatte] Make colorization optional and not enforced through use of a Core Option.
  • [FCEUmm] Should load UNIF ROM format now.
  • [NEStopia] Fixes Famicom Disk System support.
  • [NEStopia] L/R now inserts coins on Vs. System games
  • [NEStopia] Add Core Option 'Sprite Limit'.
  • [Mednafen] Add several Core Options for Mednafen PSX, Mednafen PCE Fast,
    Mednafen Neo Geo Pocket Color, etc.
  • [Mednafen PSX] Add disk swap mechanisms - exposed through RGUI
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Latest update to r19 fromnotaz (main author)
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Totally rewritten ARM code by notaz in order to support outdated version of Apple's GAS (for iOS support)
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Add disk swap mechanisms - exposed through RGUI
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Add m3u Mednafen-style cuesheet support
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Add core option 'Frameskip' - users with bad performance on Android should try out if setting this higher than 0 fixes their problems.
  • [PCSX ReARMed] Add core options 'NEON enhanced resolution' and 'NEON enhanced resolution speedhack' - this is for systems with ARM NEON CPUs. Note that this will easily triple or even quadruple CPU requirements. If you have an underpowered CPU, you might want to try this out in combination with the 'Frameskip' option (setting it higher than 0) to make things somewhat playable.
  • [Genesis Plus GX] Latest compatibility updates from ekeeke (main author)
  • [Genesis Plus GX] Add Core Options for blargg NTSC, Overscan and Game Gear Extend Screen
  • [Final Burn Alpha] Add several Core Options for going tO Service Mode, Resetting game, etc.
  • (LIBRETRO) Added Tyrquake
  • (LIBRETRO) Added ModelViewer and SceneWalker (for platforms which support libretro GL).
  • (LIBRETRO) NXEngine / Cave Story is now completely playable on consoles (Wii / PlayStation 3 / Xbox 1 / Xbox 360) thanks to many code alterations. Performance is also much improved on the platforms which could already play them, such as Android and PC.
  • (Shaders) New shaders- mdapt, new xBR versions, new Harlequin Gameboy/LCD shaders, etc.
  • Threaded video option. Mainly for Android users but works for OpenGL driver in general.
  • (Android) Add iControlPad support.
  • (Android) Add the following gamepads / etc to autodetection list:
    - Tommo NeoGeoX Arcade Stick
    - Xperia Play (fixes ANR issues after 30 seconds)
    - TTT THT pad
    - JXD S7300B
    - Sega Virtua Stick
    - Ouya pad (untested)
    - Gamestop Wireless
    - Tomee NES USB
    - Thrustmaster T Mini Wireless
  • (Android) Add back key behavior - can either 'toggle' RGUI' on/off or exit the app.
  • (RGUI) RGUI now works on PC, Android, iOS and Blackberry - and is no longer Wii-exclusive.
  • (RGUI) RGUI is an ingame menu that can be toggled from within the game. It looks and functions a bit like MAME's OSD system. It is possible now to configure most of RetroArch's settings from this builtin menu instead of having to exit the game and go to an 'external' settings menu.
  • (RGUI) Added a 'Game History' list.
  • (RGUI) Added sophisticated shader stacking - for Cg shaders.
  • (RGUI/Libretro) Add disk image swapping - supported by Mednafen PSX and PCSX ReARMed.
  • (Libretro) Add libretro GL capability to libretro API. Supported currently by PC, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Raspberry Pi, and Pandora. Targets either GL 2.0 or GL ES 2.0. Targeting GL ES 2.0 is encouraged for maximum portability to mobile platforms.
  • (Libretro/RGUI) Add Core Options. This makes it possible to 'expose' options for a libretro core to the frontend.
  • (Libretro) Add SET_SUPPORT_NO_GAME to API.
  • (RGUI) Change menu layout options.
  • (PS3) Optimize PS3 video driver extensively - should result in a big latency reduction.
  • (PS3) Totally remove the 'old' fixed 2-pass shader system and replace it with a new, forward-compatible with PC 8-pass shader stacking system. RGUI/RMenu makes CGP files dynamically as you set new shader stacks.
  • (Wii) Optimize Wii video driver by using inlined macros for certain fixed-function state code.
  • (360/Xbox 1) Optimize 360/Xbox 1 video drivers by using inlined command buffer macros
  • (360) Removed shader system for this release - will be re-added in a future 0.9.9 point release. The main problem is that on Xbox 360, all our render targets need to fit inside 10MB of EDRAM - which is just pathetic if you want to have any FBO scaling options similar to what can be done on PS3. I'll be looking at either tiled rendering or just implementing the same 'hack' I did before (where I forcibly set the maximum source framebuffer resolution at 512x512 for two-pass shaders and hoped nobody would notice so I could stay within the confines of the 10MB of EDRAM for render targets). For now, the PS3 port is way superior than the 360 port in the graphics stakes due to this 10MB EDRAM limitation for render targets.
  • (Menus) Standardize RGUI, RMenu and RMenu XUI to look and work the same.
  • (Overlays/RGUI) Overlays can now be scaled and their opacity changed from RGUI).
  • (RMenu/RGUI) Add text scrolling when a text string is too large to fit onscreen.
  • (RMenu XUI) Have all menu screens now use the same basic XUI template. Cuts down on a lot of code maintenance at the expense of language customization by end-users. A solution will be looked at later.
  • (Xbox 1) Slim down on menu texture - leaves us with more free RAM to play with - only tested on 480p - somebody with 720p/1080i resolution support should contact me - even though I'm afraid making the menu texture any bigger is going to be a waste of RAM anyways. Upsides of this are obvious - far faster switching between menu and game and consumes way less RAM which means games like Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Vampire Savior now fit into RAM without pesky and slow file I/O-based VM.
  • (Wii) Add additional VI resolutions.
  • (ZIP support) Switch from builtin zlib to miniz - less codebloat.



Finally, below is a picture of Libretro / RetroArch showing an N64 Emulator (via twitter.com/libretro/status/351013237560586240) who state the following: This is what is currently being worked on for RetroArch 1.0.0. Don't ask for an ETA - but it's going to happen. pic.twitter.com/XAVaETZOjp


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#56 - Larcen04 - December 13, 2014 // 9:59 am
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awesome thanx

#55 - bapit - December 8, 2014 // 7:19 pm
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i will try it thx

#54 - rudeboiclan - December 8, 2014 // 4:43 pm
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hey, thanks

#53 - utmo - December 5, 2014 // 10:29 pm
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looks awesome, will try it out. thanks

#52 - megaman305 - December 2, 2014 // 9:15 am
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just for ps games? or any other console?

#51 - Spewson - December 1, 2014 // 5:18 pm
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Cool... i'm looking to mod my ps3 and the main reason is so i can play Arcade games, mainly 2d fighters from capcom and snk all on one system with a nice front end.

I'd love it if someone could direct me to a comprehensive tutorial on what files need to go where on the internal hhd of the ps3.

Also... i've noticed that a few emulators within retroarch require bios files and or accompanying files like the mame roms.

If anyone reads this could they get back to me with a link to a vid or a complete guide as i'm having trouble finding one.

Thanks

Also... are there ways to change the front end or do you have to stick with the standard one?

#50 - LordSirec - November 26, 2014 // 11:03 am
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This is love. I use RetroArch and have not had any problems out of it.

#49 - leunam - November 2, 2014 // 5:55 pm
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thanks

#48 - mreisfreire - October 19, 2014 // 12:22 pm
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thank you

#47 - sesjse - August 7, 2014 // 9:33 am
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thanks

Update: RetroArch v1.1 is coming in early September with a lot of new changes!

RetroArch v1.1 - What to expect (via libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-v1-1-what-to-expect/)

Here's a rundown on what you can expect from RetroArch v1.1, the next version of RetroArch to be released. Please bear with us that it has taken us so long since v1.0.0.2 to come up with a new official release. This v1.1 version has been long in the making to ensure that this new version will be a big major milestone for RetroArch in general. So, here's what the release will comprise of -

Going all PSP - PPSSPP core




We have ported the popular PlayStation Portable emulator, PPSSPP, over to the libretro API. This marks the second big libretro implementation to be using libretro GL after Mupen64 Plus.

It is shaping up to be a very stunning release. Linux users will especially appreciate the changes we've made which makes it possible to run PPSSPP in DRM/KMS mode (something which wasn't possible in standalone since glew has X11 dependencies).

We're aiming for two modes of operation. One mode will be in which the PPSSPP core functions much like standalone - where it saves everything inside a main PPSSPP assets directory and you install games from PPSSPP's GUI. The other mode is more like a headless mode - the way every libretro core has functioned up until now. Saves will be saved in .srm form and it will be possible to directly boot ISOs/PBPs/.BINs without having to install them first from a GUI. There's something to be said for both modes of operation.

We of course take no credit for any of the real emulation work in PPSSPP - the only thing we take credit for is porting it to the libretro API. We take nothing away of the accomplishments made by this team and we hope that the libretro port can be pushed upstream once it's done. Please pay them a visit at PPSSPP: PSP emulator for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOSX, Blackberry, Symbian and support their efforts to improve PSP emulation - they've already come a long way in the two years it has been public.

We've made some screenshots of the core in action which you can check out here and on Twitter. We're striving to expose as many of PPSSPP's features as possible through core options for headless mode operation.

Needless to be said, we think this will be one of the main standout features of RetroArch v1.1. Hopefully it will open up people's minds about how RetroArch and libretro doesn't necessarily mean retro-grade graphics - some of these games like Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur Broken Destiny don't look far removed from their PS3 versions when upscaled to 2x or 3x. And to see it running as fluidly as it does in RetroArch without any audio breakup whatsoever or any frames dropped is a sight to behold.

The PPSSPP core will be available for PC (we're aiming for Linux/OSX and Windows), and mobile (iOS/Android/Blackberry). After version 1.1 is released, we will research an Xbox 360 port.

Going all PSP - RetroArch PSP



Just having a PSP core would be one thing, but RetroArch v1.1 is going to go one extra mile by also simultaneously appearing on the PSP itself.

Nearly all of the credit for this port should go towards aliaspider- I played only a minor but crucial part in the proceedings. He has really done a bang-up job porting over a great many new cores over that are useful for the PSP, as well as improving the performance of existing cores so that they run well on the PSP.

Right now we have greatly improved the performance of FCEUmm, NXEngine, Gambatte, Mednafen PC Engine (and others) so that they run fullspeed at PSP. Please keep in mind that a PSP for general purpose code is about two times as slow as a Raspberry Pi. So you're dealing with a very weak CPU here, and so it necessitates specific PSP-specific code to really get the most out of its performance. And thankfully the libretro API allows for this - the libretro API doesn't prevent you from taking advantage of PSP-specific hardware features in order to speed up performance inside a core.

Aliaspider also made a port of TempGBA over to the PSP. This is a Game Boy Advance emulator based on gpSP Kai (itself based on gpSP - a now defunct emulator by Exophase). There's also a preliminary port of the popular CPS2/Neogeo emulator, but it isn't yet done. No idea yet if this core will make it for the v1.1 release.

Like hunterk's previous blog post indicated, the portability of RetroArch is really coming into its own now. With the PPSSPP core, it will be possible to run RetroArch PSP itself. So essentially what you have is that RetroArch PSP can be made to run inside a PSP emulator which itself is being run inside a native platform version of RetroArch. How much farther can we go from here? The future only knows.

New cores

Several new cores will be appearing. We made a port of fMSX and BlueMSX to the libretro API. This was a home computer released in the mid-1980s that was backed up by a consortium of companies (among them a little company called Microsoft and another small fish called Sony). Oddly enough, while it couldn't really be considered a major worldwide success, it was relatively popular in Japan and (of all countries) The Netherlands. This home computer is also noteworthy for receiving some of the first games Hideo Kojima made in his career, such as Penguin Adventure (one of the first games I ever played BTW) and Metal Gear 1/2.

There will be RetroKeyboard support for these cores to sweeten the deal, but we will also try to have some sane default configs for the RetroPad per-game for some of the more popular games.

There will also be a Vectrex core, Vecx. This was another '80s game console, and the main notability of this game console is that it wasn't using sprite rasterization but rather vector-based. For all practical purposes it could be considered the first real home console capable of '3D graphics'.



Lakka - a new GUI beginning



Lakka will appear inside RetroArch starting as of version 1.1. So far, users have been using a very low-fi menu called RGUI. It is perfectly scalable from low-resolution displays to high-definition TVs, but there's no denying it looks very much like something you would expect from a DOS program.

Lakka will be a more full-featured eyecandy UI. It will require OpenGL support inside the RetroArch version, so expect this to be usable on RetroArch PC and Android/iOS/Blackberry (PS3 maybe if it makes it for v1.1).

In terms of features and appearance, Lakka looks a lot like the PSP's XMB frontend.

In the future, more menu drivers can be added, each being tailored towards a specific enduser preference. We have made the menu code far more generic to allow for different implementations which doesn't require the coder to rewrite all the settings logic again and again.

You can watch a video of a prototype in action here - keep in mind that this is still a prototype and that the final version will look a lot more refined. In case you wonder, the guy showcasing it here is one of the authors responsible for the Lakka GUI - Jean-Andre Santoni (known also as kivutar).




Audio DSPs / Software Video Filters

We already touched upon this in the previous blog post about RetroArch v1.0.0.3 (which has now morphed into version 1.1). This feature has been implemented and it makes it possible to apply audio DSP filters and video software filters to RetroArch's audio/video output.

Blackberry 10

Revamped iOS / OSX ports

X-Arcade Tankstick support



I received an X-Arcade Tankstick courtesy of Xgaming, and in return this device will be fully supported. Android support will be added, and I will also look into making it possible to bind it in RetroArch as two separate game controllers instead of it being recognized as a keyboard.

After v1.1, I will look into adding USB input drivers for the PlayStation3, Wii and Xbox 360 ports so that we will be able to use the X-Arcade Tankstick on thosee consoles as well without using their proprietary gamepad converter (which costs an additional $30).

Revamped Android port

Improvements to existing cores

Lots of improvements have been made to Mupen64Plus since the last new release, as well as a lot of other cores. We will also try to bring over the MAME/MESS 2014 cor e to Android - this might not appear on the Google Play Store since this will increase the APK size by about 150MB or so - instead a more fully featured version might be available on our new website.

New server

Starting with the release of v1.1, there will be another big change - a new server (Virtual Private Server), and with it will come a buildbot. We will finally have the ability to do continuous integration tests and have daily builds for the cores and the RetroArch platform versions. The existing website will soon be moved over to the new host - the transition will be as seamless as possible to the user, so hopefully you guys won't notice when we finally make the switch.

So when will it come?

The rest of this month will be spent by me and others feverishly working to get all of this stuff in a presentable state. We also want to do a fair bit of Quality Assurance so that this next big version will be very solid. The estimated release is somewhere in early September. A new release is contingent on all these different factors all coming together. In case some parts might take longer than expected, we might just drop a version of v1.1 with some of these features being added later.

In any case, you shouldn't have to wait longer than early September. Again, we're sorry for some of the delays and announcements from before but we're really trying to ensure here that this next RetroArch release will be a real big gamechanger and so the delays are justified from that perspective. Hopefully you'll agree once it is dropped.

Also, I'm sure I neglected to mention a fair few new features as well in this writeup. In any case, there have been far too many changes since February of this year to sum up in one blog post. When v1.1 hits I will put up a more comprehensive overview of everything that has been added, changed and improved.