RetroPie 4.0 is released

retropie-2016RetroPie 4.0 has arrived and with it come some major improvements to the software. It is now more modular than ever, and allows emulators and ports to be easily added and removed. There are also updates to included emulators, as well as improvements to the set-up tools to make configuration even easier.

Highlights of this release include (full changelog below) :

  • 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.

You can download a 4.0 image from: https://retropie.org.uk/download/. If updating from a previous version you should make a backup first, update the RetroPie-Setup script, then choose Update all installed packages.

Installation Instructions can be found at https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation. Users of RetroPie v3.x can upgrade to the latest version by following the upgrade instructions on the Wiki.

You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian set up, or on top of Ubuntu on a PC/Odroid-C1. Links to the relevant instructions can be found on the Download area.

NOTE: Some people have been having trouble with the XBox/XBox 360 controller driver xboxdrv on the current Raspbian Kernel. To work around this we now include the latest xpad kernel driver with the image (it is available from the Packages -> Drivers menu for those upgrading). The included xpad has been patched to map the Xbox 360 triggers to buttons, so they work out of the box with Emulation Station, without the need for xboxdrv.

Big thanks to everyone who has contributed to this release. Thanks also to our excellent web hosts Mythic-Beasts who are sponsoring us with our hosting. The performance and connection speed is great. We highly recommend them if you need a decent hosting solution backed by expert support.

Changes since 3.8.1:

  • 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.

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Xubuntu for the O2 Joggler updated to v1.5

o2jogglerThe O2 Joggler images of Xubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu Base have been updated to v1.5. Changes include Kernel 3.2.80, Kodi 16.1 and Ubuntu package updates. Kodi 16.1 is included in our PPA, so existing users who don’t want to start from a new image can update by doing sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install kodi from a terminal.

Changes:

  • Kernel 3.2.80
  • Kodi 16.1
  • Package Rollups

Downloads and instructions are found at http://jwills.co.uk/projects/joggler-xubuntu/

RetroPie 3.8.1 is released

Retropie_SplashA few bugs slipped into RetroPie 3.8 – most notably the launch commandline for DOSBox/RPIx86 was wrong, causing it to not work when launching DOS games directly from Emulation Station. There was also a problem building the gamecon gpio driver. These issues have been fixed, along with some other changes.

NOTE: There are currently problems with the XBox/XBox 360 controller driver xboxdrv caused by a Raspbian kernel update. This can be worked around by rolling back the Kernel. More details can be found on the forum.

A RetroPie 3.8.1 image can be downloaded here: https://retropie.org.uk/download/.

Installation Instructions can be found here – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation. Users of RetroPie v3.8 can upgrade to the latest version by following the upgrade instructions on the Wiki – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Updating-RetroPie.

The Prebuilt images are also available directly from GitHub – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/3.8.1. You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian set up – Instructions can be found at the GitHub project site.

Changes since 3.8:

  • Fix escaping in iniSet causing initial backslashes to be incorrect in ini files (Affected some +Start Scripts with spaces such as DOSBox).
  • Don’t overwrite existing configs when updating advmame.
  • SSelph’s scraper – Add option to set -append and -use_nointro_name=false flags.
  • Disable binary install on Wheezy.
  • Fix building of gamecondriver.
  • Correct Emulation Station autobooting configuration due to changes in raspi-config.
  • Added missing zip dependency for Solarus.
  • Fix c&p error with mupen64plus that broke the initial config generation.
  • Added new EmulationStation theme “material” from user lilbud.
  • Lr-nxengine – no error message was shown when required data files are missing.

RetroPie 3.8 is released

Retropie_SplashThe 3.8 image includes an important firmware/driver update to fix bluetooth lockups on the Raspberry Pi 3. Also included in the 3.8 update are an improved SDL1 dispmanx backend, updates to many of the included emulators, and enhancements to the splashscreen module.

It can be downloaded here: https://retropie.org.uk/download/.

Installation Instructions can be found here – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation. Users of RetroPie-Setup v3.7 can upgrade to the latest version by following the upgrade instructions on the Wiki – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Updating-RetroPie.

If you upgrading an older image and are using the Raspberry Pi 3 onboard Bluetooth, you should go to the Bluetooth configuration from the RetroPie-Setup script, which will make sure you have the raspberrypi-sys-mods package installed which is needed by the Bluetooth driver. If it asks you anything about the /etc/udev/rules.d/99-com.rules configuration file, type Y to overwrite.

The Prebuilt images are also available directly from GitHub – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/3.8. You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian set up – Instructions can be found at the GitHub project site.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release.

Changes since 3.7:

  • Raspbian package/firmware rollups that fix the lockups with the Raspberry Pi 3 internal bluetooth.
  • New SDL1 dispmanx backend from Vanfanel with triple buffering which should solve some of the performance issues with the previous code. Also some additional changes are included so you can adjust the aspect ratio with env variable SDL_DISPMANX_RATIO (eg 1.33 for 4:3). The aspect ratio will be ignored if SDL_DISPMANX_IGNORE_RATIO is set and SDL1 apps will display full screen. Vice is now set to use 4:3 ratio on the Raspberry Pi.
  • Reicast (Dreamcast emulator), now supports multiplayer.
  • lr-pcsx-rearmed (PlayStation emulator) now supports 3-8 players.
  • Updated Raspberry Pi binaries for lr-fba-next, uae4arm, mupen64plus, Reicast, lr-picodrive, lr-nestopia, lr-pcsx-rearmed, lr-mgba, lr-genesis-plus-gx, lr-mame2003, and lr-fceum.
  • Added new videocore mupen64plus video plugin.
  • Improvements to Apple2 (supports automount now).
  • Added wiki viewer.
  • Improvements to the splashscreen module (added previewer, randomiser, and no longer requires a folder to be created in the splashscreen directory).
  • Various other bugfixes and minor improvements.

RetroPie 3.7 is released

We are pleased to announce the release of RetroPie 3.7!MystCover

We are releasing RetroPie 3.7 in celebration of the release of our new website https://retropie.org.uk/ and new forum at https://retropie.org.uk/forum/.

Many experimental modules have been added. An option was added to easily install the LXDE desktop environment onto the pi (which can be launched from the ports menu after install), and thanks to the work of Pipplware we have been able to finally include joypad support with Kodi (controller configurations for kodi still need to be done manually for now) . We also have improvements to the configuration editor, and updates to some emulators.

Please note that configuration locations for ports have moved to /opt/retropie/configs/ports – if upgrading via the RetroPie-Setup script, old configurations will be moved when doing a full binary install.

The default render resolution for libretro emulators is now the video output resolution on the RPI 2/3. This can be lowered via the runcommand launch menu, or set globally via the configuration editor if needed for performance. Default render resolution is 640×480 for the RPI zero/1, but again can be switched globally, or on a per system basis.

The “Direct Launch” functionality was removed from Emulation Station due to stability issues – Kodi will appear in “Ports” if installing from the experimental menu.

It can be downloaded here: https://retropie.org.uk/download/

Installation Instructions can be found here – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation.

The Prebuilt images are also available at GitHub – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/3.7. You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian set up – Instructions can be found at the GitHub project site.

Changes since 3.6:

  • Added new experimental modules:
    • The Ur Quan Masters  (Port of DOS game Star Control 2).
    • Xrick (Port of Rick Dangerous).
    • Tyrquake (Standalone, not libretro).
    • Solarus Engine (Homebrew Zelda Clone).
    • SDLPoP (Prince of Persia Port).
    • Cannonball (Outrun Engine).
    • Stratagus (Warcraft and Starcraft Engine).
    • OpenBOR (Beats of Rage 2d Sidescrolling Game Engine).
    • Commander Genius (Port of Commander Keen).
    • Micropolis (Open source version of Sim City Classic).
    • Aleph One (Open Source port of Marathon Series).
    • Giana’s Return (Fan-Made sequel to the Giana Sisters).
    • Lincity (Sim City Clone).
    • Simcoupe (SAM Coupé Emulator).
  • LXDE Desktop (Option in raspi-tools to reinstall the desktop environment).
  • Updated Kodi to Kodi 16 (which includes joypad support).
  • Updated PS3 Module (timeout fixed).
  • SDL2 PS3/Wii U Pro controller fixes.
  • UAE4Arm updated.
  • lr-mame2003 updated with sample/nvram support and additional core settings.
  • Mupen64plus updated with fix for black screen with rice plugin.
  • Scummvm Improvements (updated to 1.8 with OpenGL and partial Myst support).
  • Updated Config Editor (https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Configuration-Editor).
  • Updated Carbon and Pixel Themes and added default images to the RetroPie Menu.
  • Added “Other Settings” menu to Emulationstation with “save metadata on exit” and “parse gamelists only”. These options were added to mitigate the long boot and shutdown times with large romsets.
  • Various other improvements and fixes.

Thanks to BuZz, Gizmo98, Herb, Rookervik and Zerojay and all others that have contributed to this release.

New RetroPie website

RetroPie has a brand new website – https://retropie.org.uk.

Although the old site living under http://blog.petrockblock.com has served us well over the last years, the forum was becoming increasingly slow, and the project really needed its own presence.

Hopefully you will like what we have come up with – a simple site with general info, and a new forum running off nodebb – which is not only fast, but also works much better on mobile devices.

The old forum posts have not been moved, as we decided it would be better to start with a fresh layout, and it would have made the migration far more complicated. You can however access the old forum via http://blog.petrockblock.com/forums/forum/retropie-project-forum/.

Thanks to our excellent hosting company Mythic-Beasts who have sponsored us by providing additional resources and bandwidth. You can find out a bit more on our Hosting Information page.

RetroPie 3.6 is released

This version is released a little earlier than originally planned, due to the release of the fantastic Raspberry Pi 3 – which our previous 3.5 will not boot on due to having out of date firmware. Along with Raspberry Pi 3 compatibility this release brings a bunch of interesting experimental emulators such as Daphne for emulation of classic LaserDisc arcade games, a myriad of libretro cores, and a few game engines. We’ve also worked around the pesky insert coin bug that has plagued the arcade emulators.

Installation Instructions can be found here – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation.

Prebuilt images are available GitHub – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/3.6. You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian set up – Instructions can be found at the GitHub project site.

To get the Raspberry Pi 3 built-in Bluetooth working please update the RetroPie-Setup Script before using the Bluetooth configuration menu, or alternatively drop to a terminal and do

sudo apt-get install pi-bluetooth

Changes since 3.5:

  • Support for the Raspberry Pi 3
  • Added new experimental modules:
    • Daphne (Laserdisc Emulator)
    • Libretro-QuickNES
    • Libretro-Beetle PSX (x86 only)
    • Libretro-Beetle Lynx
    • GemRB engine (Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape)
    • ResidualVM (Engine for Grim Fandango and Escape from Monkey Island)
    • Libretro-MESS (based on the most recent version of MAME)
    • Libretro-MAME (based on the most recent version of MAME)
  • Added EmulationStation theme Simpler Turtle Pi to the theme installer from Omnija.
  • Added version details and uninstall option to the RetroPie Setup Script.
  • Fixed insert coin not working on arcade based emulators.
  • Various other bugfixes and improvements.

XBMC4Xbox 3.5.3 is out

XBMC4Xbox 3.5.3 has been released. A smaller update again, but includes some weather and scraper fixes, and some library updates. Changes since 3.5.1 include:

  • Improved compatibility with some Kodi addons.
  • Fixes for the TMDB scraper.
  • Fix for weather location search and data.
  • Python updated to 2.7.11 (including updated SQLite3/OpenSSL)
  • Fix for a problem with stuttering video.
  • FFMpeg libraries updated to 1.2.12 (the last of the 1.2 series)

Thanks

Thanks to Dom and tim619 for contributing patches. Thanks also to everyone who helps out on the forum.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

Obtaining XBMC4Xbox

See the development page for links to the source code and the SVN repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page. For those that want to build from source, 3.5.3 is tagged here: https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5.3/.

RetroPie 3.5 is out

RetroPieLogo2015We are pleased to announce the release of RetroPie 3.5. After taking into consideration the feedback from the vibrant RetroPie community, we have provided a few more functions to simplify the user experience such as automatic expansion of the filesystem on boot, less terminal text, and more configuration options for the runcommand launch menu. We have also fixed up some bugs with Raspbian Jessie such as the USB ROM service and have added two new experimental modules – the Löve game engine and a ColecoVision emulator (CoolCV).

Installation Instructions can be found here – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/First-Installation

Prebuilt images are available from the main RetroPie website – http://blog.petrockblock.com/retropie/retropie-downloads/, or can be grabbed from GitHub – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/3.5. You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian Jessie / Raspbian Wheezy set up – Instructions can be found at the GitHub project site.

Changes since 3.4:

  • Added new experimental modules, Lӧve 2D Game Engine, Colecovision (CoolCV).
  • Debian usbmount package fixed up for systemd udev compatibility, making the USB ROM service work properly again without being killed after 30 seconds. Also added ntfs support by default.
  • Added an arcade rom folder option where all arcade games can be placed.
  • Improvements to EmulationStation (Fix crash on rom delete, direct launch, symlink support, and other bug fixes).
  • Improvements to the Runcommand Launch Menu: Cleaner dialog on launch, ability to show game artwork on launch, ability to disable joystick support as well as the ability to disable the entire runcommand launch menu.
  • PS3 Controller improvements – Add multiple gasia and shanwan controller support.
  • Updated lr-mgba emulator binaries (new upstream release of mgba 0.4.0)
  • Improvements on pre-built image – disabled screen blanking, quieter boot, and filesystem automatically expanded on first boot.
  • Various other bug fixes.

RetroPie interview on the Pi Podcast

The Pi Podcast #13The Raspberry Pi show The Pi Podcast did an interview with me and two other members of the RetroPie team for Episode #13. Big thanks to them for inviting us on the show.

I was a little nervous before the interview, but it turned out fine – they did some good editing 🙂

If you own a Raspberry Pi or are thinking of getting one, then you should definitely check it out. They release a new show roughly every two weeks, with Raspberry Pi related news, chat and interesting interviews. It is professionally produced, and hosted by three knowledgeable and friendly Raspberry Pi enthusiasts.