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March 10, 2014 // 1:54 am - Following up on the previous updates, today RetroArch PS3 v1.0.0.2 is officially released from PlayStation 3 developers Squarepusher (aka Twinaphex) and piaf with details below.

Download: retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-dex.zip (209 MB) / retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-cfw.pkg.zip (80.24 MB) / retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-cfw.zip (Mirror) / retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-cfw.pkg (Mirror #2) / retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-cfw.pkg (Mirror #3) / retroarch-ps3-v1.0.0.2-cfw.pkg (Mirror #4) / RetroArch v1.0.0.2 (RetroXMB Edition).pkg / RetroArch 1.0.0.2 - [SSNE-10000].zip (RetroArch 1.0.0.2 for ODE - 75 MB) from sidnei55 / Retroarch.zip (ODE) / Retroarch v1.0.0.1.iso by Method36 / RetroArch PSP Builds / RetroArch for PSP Phat 1.0.0.3 b2 on PS Vita TN-V / RetroArch -Unofficial-POC Atari Jaguar.pkg by doobz

Changes: PlayStation 3 - v1.0.0.2 - RetroArch.PS3.v1.0.0.2.FOR.DEX.PS3 Changelog

  • Analog input works now - cores that support RETRO_ANALOG (such as TyrQuake) should now have working DualShock controls.
  • Analog mapping to D-pad works now for all cores.
  • Optimized slimmed down GL driver implementation some more, resulting in even lower video latency.
  • All the changes made to RGUI since the last release (Core Information, reorganized Settings, possible to map frontend actions to gamepad buttons/analog axes, etc)
  • Addition of Stella (Atari 2600) Core

Cores currently supported for RetroArch (PS3)

Core / Emulated

Stella - New

  • Atari 2600 VCS

MAME 2003 - Added v1.0.0.0

  • Arcade- MAME 0.78 Romset

Final Burn Alpha


  • Arcade - FB Alpha v0.2.97.30

Genesis Plus GX

  • Sega SG-1000
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • Sega CD / Mega CD

SNES9x Next

  • Super Nintendo

VBA Next

  • Game Boy Advance

Nestopia

  • Nintendo NES
  • Nintendo Famicom Disk

FCEUmm

  • Nintendo NES

QuickNES

  • Nintendo NES

Mednafen PCE Fast

  • Turbo Grafx 16 / PC-Engine
  • Turbo Grafx CD
  • Super Grafx

Mednafen NGP

  • Neo Geo Pocket

Mednafen VB

  • Nintendo Virtual Boy

Mednafen Wonderswan

  • WonderSwan
  • WonderSwan Color

prBoom

  • Doom I / II

Tyrquake

  • Quake

NX Engine

  • Cave Story

Gambatte

  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color

From Method36 comes an ODE port of RetroArch also (linked above) with details, as follows:

Make sure your retroarch.cfg contains this:

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Likewise, make sure your USB drive contains the retroarch/savefiles and retroarch/savestates folder hierarchy from its root.

No issues running the ISO- I actually extracted its contents, modified the cfg to suit my needs, and rebuilt the ISO using Cobra's genps3iso tool. My config looks like this, for reference:

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I also created the corresponding folders in my USB drive and then plugged it into the slot closest to the BD drive (usb000). Extract zip, optionally modifiy retroarch.cfg to suit your needs, then generate ISO with genps3iso.

Let me see what I can do, I've been moving this week. Once I unpack my PS3, I'll upload the 1.0.0.1 ISO I have on my ODE drive.

Here's the Retroarch ISO (linked above) I'm curently using. For my purposes, I've scrubbed most of the cores, as I only use the NES, SNES, Gens, and GBA ones.

Also note that I'm on Bootloader 1.2 and MCU 1.6 and using genps3iso 2.1, if that makes any difference. Never updated to any of the newer versions simply because I did not have any issues with what I was currently on.

Update: Squarepusher has now announced (via libretro.com/index.php/upcoming-retroarch-1-0-0-3/#comment-2306) that a RetroArch v1.0.0.3 new update is incoming soon!

So I should do these more often. It has been quite some time since the last point release, and I'm glad to announce that things are heating up and we're coming closer to another major release.
So let's run through some of the things you can expect this time. Some things MIGHT still not make it for this release - but rest assured I'm working on all this and more!

New Soft Filter Spec

For years we've basically tried to say 'no' to CPU-based filters, but in the end I think it was the right choice to do away with this dogma. Whether we like it or not, a programmable pipeline for GPUs is not available for every console out there, and some CPU filters can run at fullspeed with cores even on low-performance consoles/handhelds.

So we've revised the Soft Filter spec and upgraded it. It now features the following:

  • Multi-threading support (which allows the CPU to use more than one core to process the filter),
  • Allows for several different SIMD implementations (which theoretically allows us to create optimized SSE2/SSE3/NEON routines for filters),
  • An effort has been made to rewrite all the existing filters to C
  • More filters have been ported over.

Please be aware that a soft filter has to basically care about supporting two different color formats that a libretro core could use. One of these is RGB565 - 16-bit color - the other is XRGB8888. If you select a filter and you will find that the name shows 'N/A' - this tells you that the filter you just selected does not support the color format that your current core is using. Eventually we are going to strive to make every filter support both color formats.

Another important note - soft filters won't work for Libretro GL cores like Mupen64. You'll have to use shaders there instead.

New DSP Filter Spec

The DSP filter spec has been in RetroArch for a long time but not really much had been done with it. We're now bringing it out more into the open and including support for it in our built-in menu system as well.

Some of the new features include:

  • Multi-threading (just like the new Soft Filter specification)
  • Options per DSP filter can be supplied through a config file
  • Possibility to stack DSP filters
  • Several different SIMD implementations of the filter function can be incorporated into the same filter. This allows for optimized versions of the code for SIMD vectorization technologies like SSE, SSE2, NEON, and Altivec (among possible others).

PSP port

So it's been no secret that we have been working on a PSP port of RetroArch for quite some months now. Obviously, this right now is the least powerful RetroArch port so far (in terms of CPU power it is about half the speed of a Raspberry Pi), but we're still striving to make RetroArch a really nice affair on the PSP.

We will need more time to really deliver though when it comes to the cores. Thanks to the great commits of Aliaspider, we have already managed to achieve fullspeed emulation with Gambatte (at the very least), and through some custom PSP code we have also managed to get FCEUmm to run more or les at fullspeed on the PSP as well.

It's up for debate whether we will want to whip out a version of RetroArch PSP in time for version 1.0.0.3 - maybe we should wait until we have more cores behind our belt that are really appealing to PSP users, or maybe we should just get this into PSP users' hands as quickly as possible and then supply them with lots of regular updates with each new version.

I have some plans at least to look at every great standalone PSP port and deliver a libretro port in some way. At least NJEMU (the CPS1/2/Neogeo emulator) is being strongly considered. Maybe Daedalusx64 at some point as well.

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 / Xbox 1 / Wii port

So what are these ports all going to get? Well, they're going to get for the first time all of the built-in Soft Filters and Audio DSP filters. This is something that has been requested at least a couple of times by users of the console ports, so it's good that we're finally supplying that now.

Before release I'll also hope to have single-pass shader support back into the Xbox 360 port. This coupled with the Soft Filters should be an adequate solution for people wanting more eye candy in their old games - since we can't really go overboard with FBO scale sizes on the 360 like we can on the PS3 because of the 360′s paltry amount of RAM available for rendertargets.

Other things? The Wii port is now going to support overlays - so will the PS3 port.

Other things we've been working on but won't make it in time for 1.0.0.3:

  • Shader parameters. This is what Themaister is working on right now. This will be really cool - it will allow parameters to be passed to shaders through a config file. Several shaders have certain variables that control certain aspects of what the shader does to the output image - changing these parameters will affect what you will be able to see on the screen. It will also be possible to change these parameters from our built-in ingame menu.
  • Menu drivers. Up until now, you've seen this really low-key, retro GUI. After version 1.0.0.3 is out of the way, you will see at least two new menu drivers that will be really eye candy-pleasing - one will be Lakka, a GUI that models itself very closely to the XMB GUI seen on the PlayStation3 and PSP. Another menu driver that we will be introducing is a menu driver that will be based on one of mudlord's tech demos - RetroArch Advertro. Basically this menu is going to function like the Secret of Mana ring menu. Both of these menu drivers will obviously use OpenGL for rasterization purposes.
  • I'm still going to be working on the Windows Modern UI/Surface/Phone ports. I still need a Windows 8 Phone - so gifts are still very much welcomed there since we are in lack of a device there. I do have development environments set up for Windows 8 and Windows RT so that is no problem. The Surface RT 1 is a bit long in the tooth by now but it'll suffice for basic development.

I could have talked about some of our more exciting upcoming announcements, but maybe it's best if I talk about that later after RetroArch 1.0.0.3 is released. As for an ETA? I'm hoping to get it out at least within the next two weeks - the sooner obviously the better, but it will come down to how much work I can crank into these next two weeks.

Also - a lot more core work has been done as well. If you are using Windows and/or Android and you want an 'in-development' version to see how things are shaping up, you could always check out Lordashram's 0-day builds that he posts on the forum.

Update #2: RetroArch PSP (BETA) Released

Download: RetroArch PSP 1.0.0.3 (BETA) / RetroArchPSP 1.0.0.3 r1 / RetroArch-1.0.0.3-beta-PSP.zip / RetroArch-1.0.0.3-beta2-PSP.zip / RetroArch-1.0.0.3-beta2-PSP-Slim.zip

To quote (via libretro.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17812#p17812): Any feedback/bug reports are greatly appreciated. please specify your psp model and used CFW if possible.

Currently contains following cores:

  • gambatte
  • tempGBA
  • fceumm
  • fmsx
  • beetle-pce-fast
  • nxengine
  • prboom

More cores may be added in the future if they prove to be fast/stable enough to run on the PSP. bios files go into the cores/system directory.. for psp slim/go, make sure you disable iso cache, and enable high memory layout to allow acces to the extra 32MB ram. (can be changed from your cfw recovery menu).

This is a beta release so use it at your own risk

Known issues:

  • some cores require more than 32MB ram and will not work on psp-1000.
  • cannot create saveram in tempGBA with some games.
  • nxEngine(cave story) takes too long to start.
  • loading games from compressed files takes too long.

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.

Additional information:

  • main menu can be accessed with the 'note' button.
  • some cores require the following bios files present in the system directory (default is RetroArch/cores/system) in order to run : tempGBA : gba_bios.bin
  • fmsx : MSX.ROM MSX2.ROM MSX2EXT.ROM MSX2P.ROM MSX2PEXT.ROM FMPAC.ROM DISK.ROM MSXDOS2.ROM PAINTER.ROM KANJI.ROM
  • pce-fast : syscard3.pce (required for PCE-CD emulation only, very slow)
  • prboom requires prboom.wad in the same folder as the wad you want to load, you can get it here
  • you need to properly set your 'Extraction Directory' in 'Settings'-->'Path Options' to be able to load from compressed archives.
  • .zip and .7z archives are supported.
  • fps display is deliberately being forced to on in this debug build. it will be deactivated (and controlled from the main menu instead) in later builds.
  • this tempGBA build doesn't use frameskip, so expect framerate to sometimes drop below 60fps. this will hopefully be resolved in the future with either frameskip, or better, a custom hardware accelerated video renderer.

Update #3: RetroArch PSP Update v1.0.0.3 r1

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.

RetroArch PSP 1.0.0.3 beta2 (via libretro.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17812#p17812)

From aliaspider: This update includes a heavily improved pce-fast core.

  • For psp-1000
  • For psp-2000+, this version will hopefully make it not necessary to change your cfw settings to access the 32MB extra ram.

Any feedback/bug reports are greatly appreciated. please specify your psp model and used CFW if possible. Currently contains following cores:

  • gambatte
  • tempGBA
  • fceumm
  • fmsx
  • beetle-pce-fast
  • nxengine
  • prboom

More cores may be added in the future if they prove to be fast/stable enough to run on the PSP.
bios files go into the cores/system directory..

This is a beta release so use it at your own risk

Known issues:

  • some cores require more than 32MB ram and will not work on psp-1000.
  • cannot create saveram in tempGBA with some games.
  • nxEngine(cave story) takes too long to start.
  • loading games from compressed files takes too long.
[*]'Restart RetroArch' option doesn't work.
[*]pressing left/right when in the menu can sometimes close it.
[*]most users reported blackscreen when running it on ps-vita (TN-V10).

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.
[*]pce-fast: fixed most graphical glitches and improved speed a lot. most CD-rom games now run close to fullspeed.

Additional information:

  • main menu can be accessed with the 'note' button.
  • some cores require the following bios files present in the system directory (default is RetroArch/cores/system) in order to run: tempGBA : gba_bios.bin, fmsx: MSX.ROM MSX2.ROM MSX2EXT.ROM MSX2P.ROM MSX2PEXT.ROM FMPAC.ROM DISK.ROM MSXDOS2.ROM PAINTER.ROM KANJI.ROM, pce-fast: syscard3.pce (required for PCE-CD emulation only)
  • prboom requires prboom.wad in the same folder as the wad you want to load, you can get it here (github.com/libretro/libretro-prboom)
  • you need to properly set your 'Extraction Directory' in 'Settings'-->'Path Options' to be able to load from compressed archives.
  • .zip and .7z archives are supported.
  • fps display is deliberately being forced to on in this debug build. it will be deactivated (and controlled from the main menu instead) in later builds.
  • this tempGBA build doesn't use frameskip, so expect framerate to sometimes drop below 60fps. this will hopefully be resolved in the future with either frameskip, or better, a custom hardware accelerated video renderer.

Update #4: PlayStation 3 developer doobz has made available an unofficial PoC Atari Jaguar emulator for RetroArch on the PS3 with details below, as follows:

Download: RetroArch -Unofficial-POC Atari Jaguar.pkg / LibRetro GIT

Some Issues of this Emulator:

  • Speed Issues (10-20 FPS depending on game)
  • Sound Very Laggy at best
  • Save / Load States not working

A Few Tips:

  • Disable Audio - Audio Options --> Mute Audio --> ON
  • If you are of drinking age: Get a drink and the speed may increases (more drinks the better)


RetroArch PS3 v1.0.0.2 Released, Multi-System Emulator Updated

RetroArch PS3 v1.0.0.2 Released, Multi-System Emulator Updated

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#77 - PS4 News - 1d ago
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Nothing new yet, but apparently there is a PS Vita / PSTV port of RetroArch in development (via libretro.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3620&p=26333&viewfull=1#post26333) as follows:

From TwinAphex: I have expressed interest in doing one, unfortunately I don't have a Vita and it doesn't seem like anybody is going to want to send one over too, so outside of some other outside guy taking up the baton, it doesn't seem like there is going to be much action unless somebody wants to help me out.

From hunterk: Twinaphex just got his hands on a PS-TV (thanks guys!) and is jailbreaking it as I type this, so hopefully there will be some action happening very soon.

It's actually coming along very quickly. He got it jailbroken just fine and now he and xerpi are making excellent progress with the port. I hear the CPU is locked at 444 mHz, but dynarecs work, so lots of cores should be possible. still early days, but looking good so far!

Not sure. It's very preliminary right now, and every little thing is a huge hassle. I would recommend you stop updating your firmware now, though, and wait for an easy, end-user-accessible jailbreak. With PSTVs available for as low as like $20 these days, this could become a very attractive port.. another shot from xerpi

#76 - Crezazel - August 24, 2015 // 11:36 am
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Anyone have any info on when RetroArch 1.2 will be released for the PS3? I read about a month ago they were debugging a crash problem when you quit RetroArch, but I haven't heard anything since. Thanks.

#75 - PS4 News - July 4, 2015 // 10:17 am
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Following the previous updates, below is a RetroArch 1.2 July 4 Release Kickoff by Squarepusher followed by v1.2.1 details for those interested!

To quote from their blog (libretro.com/index.php/category/blog/):

Downloads: RetroArch 1.2 Builds

Release Notes:

  • mac builds should be coming this Sunday
  • cores aren't included anymore, you can use the built-in core updater to fetch cores
  • assets can be updated from within the application on PC and mobile
  • content can be downloaded from within the application, we're testing this with Game&Watch
  • input binding is done completely from within the application
  • per-core/per-game remapping are available from within the application
  • per-core/per-game configuration overrides are now possible
  • sort saves and savestates in folders automatically
  • movie recording can be enabled from within the application
  • content can now be scanned to create collections
  • lots more...

First things first – we are back. It has taken us a very long time to make a new release of RetroArch due to numerous complications, so apologies for missing numerous release dates before (first Christmas, then somewhere in April, etc.). It tells something about the development hell we’ve been through that I’ve just skipped an entire version number (1.1) and gone straight to 1.2.

Let me first get some important stuff out of the way before we continue. For our iOS and Blackberry 10 users: we were not ready today (July 4) to launch on these platforms, you’ll unfortunately have to hold out for one more week before we have something for you. Rest assured that there will be plenty to enjoy a week from now.

With that out of the way...

What is RetroArch being released on today and tomorrow?

  • Android (DONE) (Uploading to Play Store right now)
  • Windows (DONE)
  • Linux (DONE) (Repo packagers, go ahead and update the respective packages)
  • Mac (Maybe July 5 2015)
  • Consoles (Wii / PS3 / PSP ) (July 5 2015)
  • Consoles (Xbox 1 OG) (Maybe July 5 2015)
  • iOS (Next week)
  • Blackberry 10 (Next week)

Other platforms will have to wait, but rest assured the wait is not much longer. *
I could write an entire book about all of the new features in RetroArch, but instead I’m just going to summarize it up in a few bullet points so that you can get the gist of it. In the upcoming weeks you will see plenty of more big announcements coming from us, and we will also provide you with much-needed user documentation on everything you can do with RetroArch now.

– Brand new eye candy menus to choose from! –

RetroArch now lets you select between three menu display modes: RGUI (a very classic, low-resolution menu), GLUI (a more advanced GL-based menu that lends itself well to touch-based devices), and XMB (a horizontal crossbar menu that is the most eyecandy-rich of all three right now).

Thanks to improved touch support, you should now be easily able to control RetroArch’s menu by dragging up or down and clicking on items. And thanks to built-in DPI awareness support, menu elements should now be scaled according to the DPI (Dots Per Inch) reported by your system.*

* NOTE: The XMB menu driver’s touch support right now is kinda iffy. We recommend that you use GLUI on touchscreen-based devices, like mobile (Android/iOS/etc).

– Scan files/directories and add them to game system collections! –



You can now scan files and/or directories, and RetroArch will look for a match inside its database. If it finds a match with a known game on a given system, it will then add this game to a collection based on the system of that game. This way, you can have ordered collections of games without having to browse your filesystem all the time looking for a ROM/game to play.

To use this feature, go to ‘Add Content’ and select either ‘Scan Directory’ or ‘Scan File’. *

* NOTE: Some programs right now might not yet have a database system in place to allow you to scan said content. Some of the current ones that still need to be addressed are MAME and CD-based systems such as the PlayStation. You will see this rectified in an upcoming RetroArch update.

– View database information about each game once added to a collection! –



Once you have a few collections, you will be able to view detailed information about the game, provided by RetroArch’s new database features. You will be able to view the developer of the game, the year it was released at, any kind of special hardware it used on the ROM cart package, the publisher that released the game, etc. *

* NOTE: The amount of information provided per game can vary and is dependent on the database’s completion. We encourage contributors to help us out building up these databases.

– Download programs (‘cores’ online –

RetroArch no longer comes with programs preinstalled, instead you download these now from our buildbot from within the program. Go to Online Updater -> Core Updater and select any of the cores you’d like to have installed. It will then download that core from our buildbot. This way, you are in control of exactly which programs you have installed and RetroArch does not take up any additional space for things you don’t need.*

We add new cores onto our buildbot routinely, so as soon as they will be uploaded you will be able to download them and use them with your current copy of RetroArch without even having to update the main program. Stay posted for more exciting new stuff coming up ahead.

* NOTE: We make no guarantees about server availability or uptime.

– Update everything! –

It isn’t just program cores that you can install this way from our buildbot. You can also update all of the asset files that RetroArch depends on. You will always be able to download the latest shaders, onscreen gamepad overlays, cheat files and whatnot directly from our servers from within the app.

All of this content is updated on a daily basis, so you can be sure there will be plenty of new things to check out on a weekly basis.

– Download Game & Watch games and play them with our exclusive Game & Watch emulator ! –

People in their early to mid-30s might have seen these things in the wild back n their day and will probably be familiar with these old standalone handheld games that predated the Game Boy, but don’t let their age fool you: these games still are very useful time killers and their age if anything gives them even more charm appeal.

Go to ‘Add Content -> Download Content’ to download any of these Game & Watch games. From there, you can play them with our Game & Watch emulator which has been built from scratch by a valued libretro contributor. Some of the standout features include faithful reproduction of the handheld’s screen layout, high-resolution bezels, nice simulation of the sound effects, etc. Give these a try.*

* NOTE: We owe a certain amount of thanks to Madrigal’s simulators for being able to offer these games to you.

– Built-in input mapping –

It is now possible to bind your gamepad from within the program without having to go through the chores of previous versions. Go to Settings -> Input Settings and select ‘Bind All’ to bind each and every button one at a time, or bind the actions individually. If you are using a gamepad which is supported by us, it will be autodetected and autoconfigured to align with our gamepad abstraction, the RetroPad.

– Ability to remap controls –

An often-heard complaint before was the inability to change the controls. We have made this possible now. Once a game is loaded, go to the ‘Quick Menu’ and select ‘Core Input Remapping Options’. From there you can change the controls per core, and you can also save these changes to a config file.

– Ability to enter and load cheats –

It is now possible to input cheats and apply them to the currently running game. This was also an often-heard complaint and omission pointed out by users, so we have provided this as well this time around. *

* NOTE: Some programs might not yet have cheat support integrated. As soon as we include cheat support for these cores, you will be able to download the updated core from within the app (see ‘Download program cores online’.

– Multi-language support! –



This release comes with (preliminary) multi-language support. Go to Settings -> User Settings and choose a language. Right now we provide translations for Dutch, German, Portuguese, and French.*

* NOTE: Some of the language translations might be more incomplete than others. Others (like Japanese/Chinese/Russian) are not available right now, and we seek translators for those as well.

– Over 80+ programs now and counting –

RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem has expanded in scope dramatically since the last release over a year ago. There are now over 80+ programs to choose from among its collection, and you can be sure that number is bound to increase from here on out. *

* NOTE: The amount of program cores available might vary based on the system you are using.

– Built-in image viewer (and media player) ! –

We have thrown in an image viewer inside RetroArch now. It is possible to display JPEG, PNG, TGA and BMP images.*

As if that is not enough, for the Windows release we now have an integrated media player. It is possible to play music and movie files now from within RetroArch. This might seem like an unorthodox way to use RetroArch, but it has certain tricks up its sleeve that other media players do not, such as frame interpolation and a wide array of shaders and audio filters to choose from. ** ***

* NOTE: Expect this feature to be improved in the coming weeks, there are still some power management issues to sort out with high-resolution images.

** NOTE: Expect this feature to be heavily improved later on. We will want to start supporting remote controls and also to provide a fancy overlay for video playback purposes. Also, expect a very nice audio visualizer soon for the playback of music files.

*** NOTE: The integrated media player support is available for any version of RetroArch that comes with built-in ffmpeg support. RetroArch is dependent on ffmpeg for making it possible to playback these files.

– Tons more besides to discover and enjoy –




This quick writeup does not even scratch the surface of everything that has been added to RetroArch over the span of a year. We worked hard on making this release happen and as such did not have the time to write about every single new feature in detail before dropping this release. Over the next few weeks we will have a more increased Youtube channel presence where we will drop videos which will show you all you can do with RetroArch right now. Please look forward to these videos.

Also, don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas on what could make RetroArch better and how to improve it. We definitely want you to provide us with a lot of feedback on this release so that we can improve the next release in response to user feedback.

From now on, you can expect continuous updates. It took us a long time to set the entire infrastructure up to make all this possible and we also had to rewrite RetroArch entirely at least 5 to 6 times over the past year, but rest assured that this huge media dropout was a one-off event.

If things are not perfect today (and nothing will ever be perfect), be rest assured that from here on out, updates will be quick to arrive. We are not going to have a repeat of this endless delay schedule that has plagued us since last year, and above all we now want continuous user feedback so that we can improve things as we go along. Most importantly, me and others have practically worked themselves to death on this release for over a year and we really want to push this release out now so that people have something in their hands and we can go from there.

Oh yeah, there will be another big blog post after this that will detail some other new projects we’re working on shortly, but for now I have to focus on actually pushing this release out. So let’s see if we can get that done today and we’ll drop all the other major announcements shortly after.

Some other notes (Xbox 360 missing, etc)

* The only exception to this release promise is the Xbox 360 port. I have been routinely screwed and scammed by the ‘underground’ console hacking scene and right now I’m sitting on this paperweight RGH Xbox 360 that is useless for development, so that port is on indefinite hold until somebody can get me either the XDK back that I gave somebody in good confidence that it would go to Ced2901 (but it never did apparently), and I presume the guy I gave it to just hoarded it. or we can get a replacement for it.

I won’t mention names but the guy who took my XDK and never gave it to the person he said he was going to give it to knows who he is. Anyway, if you guys still consider this Xbox 360 version important, let me know but I’m not going to go and take money out of my own coffers again to make that happen. I’m done with the console scene shenanigans.

Some other notes (3DS / PSP version)

We could maybe push out a PSP version of RetroArch 1.2 in the upcoming weeks. I’m hoping to get back with the main contributor (aliaspider) who worked on these ports so that we can be assured that we can at least push out the PSP version in a more or less stable and decent state.

Regarding RetroArch 3DS: it’s still very much a work-in-progress and I don’t think either me or aliaspider would feel comfortable to ship anything right now in terms of official release at this stage, and we need a lot of work done on the cores before we can render some of them playable on the slow 3DS (it’s even slower than the PSP it seems).

Finally, from libretro via Twitter: RetroArch 1.2.1 stable release (Wii, Gamecube, Android, Windows). MacOS X version, iOS, BB10, PS3, coming up soon!

From Squarepusher: (via libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-1-2-1-released-for-androidwindowswiigamecube/#comment-2137633339) to quote:

All these platforms are obviously still waiting for a new RetroArch release:

  • PlayStation3
  • Mac OS X
  • Blackberry 10
  • iOS
  • Xbox 1 (OG)

Bear with us here. I’m working round the clock to make sure we finally have the latest version of RetroArch on all platforms again. This past year has been a truckload of work and I will be pleased to see this chapter finally end so that I can move on to the next phase of development. Rest assured that the PlayStation3 version will have some awesome features and that the iOS and BB10 versions will not disappoint.

And after I have these platforms out of the way, I can finally start looking again at the Windows Phone/WinRT port in general...

Thanks for reading this post and stay tuned for more big news this coming month. Things will be moving fast from now on, with plenty of results.

There is currently a showstopping bug where it will crash if you try to 'quit' RetroArch (as in - either quit it in the PS3 XMB or going to 'Quit RetroArch'). Fixing that bug is the only thing preventing it from a release right now. I'm not expecting it to be a major thing but it's just annoying to debug.

Also, the PS3 port is now going to have RGUI, GLUI and (maybe) XMB as menu drivers. No more RMenu, both XMB and GLUI should be way better than it in terms of eye candy and features.

  • RGUI - a very classic, low-resolution menu
  • GLUI - a more advanced GL-based menu
  • XMB - a horizontal crossbar menu that is the most eyecandy-rich of all three right now

RetroArch 1.2.2 released – for Android / Windows / OSX / Wii / Gamecube / PSP by Squarepusher (via libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-1-2-2-released-for-androidwindowsosxwiigamecubepsp/)

Time for another update. Let’s get right to it.

Download: RetroArch 1.2.2

OSX version:

NOTE: If the OSX version doesn’t work for you, you might have to install the Cg framework first. To do that, download this and install it: developer.download.nvidia.com/cg/Cg_3.1/Cg-3.1_April2012.dmg

The OSX version is back! We have two versions because we care about backwards compatibility, one for 32-bit Intel Macs (OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard and up), and one for 64-bit Intel Macs (OSX 10.7 and up). Later on we’ll go even an extra mile beyond this by releasing the PowerPC version too, which should be compatible from OSX 10.5 and up. It would be nice to push the OSX requirements down even further in time.

Some caveats right now: the guy who did our buildbot releases (IKarith – TJCarter) – I don’t know what fate befell him and whether or not he is still doing fine (I hope he is), but these builds seem to be no longer being pushed out to our buildbot, the last update was somewhere around the end of June.

So we will have to be looking fast for a solution for this on our buildbot so that we can have 0-day updated cores again for iOS and OSX (the iOS version is not yet released but will be coming up next hopefully).

PSP version:

The PSP version has been usable for a long time but I think we should finally just release it as part of the new stable releases. Of course things are not going to be perfect but I hope just us going the extra mile and releasing this for a pretty much dead platform will mean something in and of itself to the people who use this platform.

PSP is a pretty performance-hamstrung system so it requires plenty of edits and novel workarounds to make cores work fast enough on it. Right now we have cores like Gambatte working fullspeed and the PC Engine port also should be pretty impressive considering this is based on Mednafen PC Engine Fast, which should be far more compatible and accurate than something like Hugo.

A sincere call to arms here for more PSP developers who want to be part of the effort: we have every intention of making as many ports run well on the PSP but the crucial thing here is that all of this costs work. If you are a capable PSP dev and you’d like to help out please let us know.

Wii version:

There were some problems with the last release. FBA CPS1 was missing and FBA CPS2 was not working. Both are rectified now and included again.

Android version:

A major issue that popped up in version 1.2.1 should now be fixed. The new font renderer we introduced back in version 1.2.1 was causing some problems on phones / phablets / tablets with very high DPI (i.e. above 480dpi). This should now be fixed. So apologies if you saw indecipherable glyphs in the previous version, that should hopefully be a thing of the past by now.

Other changes:

Here is a summary of most of the major things changed in this release:

  • OSX version released!
  • PSP version released!
  • (OSX 10.6 32-bit version) All cores that the 32bit version supports are currently included into the ZIP itself because our buildbot does not yet serve up 32bit cores for OSX yet. Apologies for this, we’re trying to come up with a solution.
  • (OSX/iOS in general) The guy who did our buildbot nightlies for OSX/iOS is currently MIA. We will have to come up with a new solution fast for this. Due to this you might experience some outdated cores right now for these platforms.
  • (Android) Fixed XX/XXXHDPI font issues with GLUI (was leading to corrupted fonts)
  • Initial Spanish translation.
  • Add advanced help system.
  • (Android) Add Nvidia Shield Portable hack – back button should bring up menu properly now.
  • Fixed some issues with hotkeys.
  • When ‘Hide In Menu’ is enabled, overlays should reappear now when we select ‘Resume Content’, ‘Load State’, or ‘Save State’
  • (Wii) Fix FBA CPS1/CPS2 cores.
  • (GLUI) Better ticker speed.
  • (GLUI) Labels should use more screen estate when available.

So what's next?

The next version after this will be RetroArch v1.2.3. We still have PlayStation3 to go now, iOS, Blackberry 10, and OG Xbox 1 (2001). Let’s see how fast we can get all this stuff out of the way. In the meantime, have fun with v1.2.2 on the platforms that have all been covered up to this point.

#74 - Deniz Usta - January 23, 2015 // 1:27 pm
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thanks friend

#73 - sil4nt - January 23, 2015 // 12:53 pm
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Thanx for this!

#72 - stationusernet - January 10, 2015 // 12:16 am
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i hope this works.

it would be great if it does!

#71 - PS4 News - January 5, 2015 // 9:35 pm
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There is this, not finished yet though: http://www.ps4news.com/ps3-hacks-jailbreak/Video-Nintendo-64-N64-Emulator-on-PS3-Alpha-First-Look/

#70 - Moemesto - January 5, 2015 // 3:45 pm
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Why is there no n64 emulator on retroarch?

#69 - rheide - December 28, 2014 // 2:56 pm
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Thanks for all the hard work. Awesome.

#68 - jheszkn - December 28, 2014 // 6:50 am
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thank you