RetroPie 3.1 is released

RetroPieLogo2015After a couple of months of work since 3.0, we are pleased to announce the next version of RetroPie – v3.1. Changes include a new default theme called “Carbon” which is much less memory hungry than the previous, new Arcade emulators (lr-mame2003 and lr-fba-next), and new GUI configuration tools. We now also provide images for use with Berryboot. See the changelog below for more information.

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

Downloads available from the main RetroPie website – http://blog.petrockblock.com/retropie/retropie-downloads/. For those who want to install on top of Raspbian Wheezy – the system can be installed directly from the GitHub project, where you can also find a detailed list of changes.

Thanks to BuZz, Death259, Gizmo98, Herbfargus, PetRockBlock and Rookervik (amongst others) for their contributions to this release.

Full changelog

3.1 (6th Oct 2015)

  • Workaround for lr-snes9x-next crashes for certain games.
  • New theme installation script and excellent new theme “Carbon” which is lighter on memory than the Simple theme (no more white screen of death! – works with all systems).
  • Initial bluetooth module for pairing keyboards.
  • We now provide images for use with Berryboot.
  • Moved Super Mario War out of experimental.
  • New default lr-fba-next emulator for rpi2 owners.
  • Added lr-mame2003 (based on MAME 0.78) emulator.
  • Minor Emulation Station tweaks, reduced time to skip buttons, and improved parsing with brackets in gamelists.
  • New experimental modules – sselph’s scraper and lr-mame2010 (based on MAME 0.139)
  • Improved ps3 controller pairing.
  • Initial support for installing RetroPie manually on Raspbian Jessie and OSMC (via source only – consider this experimental for now).
  • Splashscreen improvements- can be added from samba shares, splash videos play all the way through without emulationstation cutting them off.
  • Lots of bugfixes, and improvements to the RetroPie Wiki.

RetroPie 3.0 is released

After 6 months of hard work we are pleased to announce the release of RetroPie 3.0.

This retro-gaming project brings together a collection of popular emulators for those computers and consoles that you grew up with from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, all wrapped up and ready to run on the famous Raspberry Pi. From Atari 2600, to Sega Mega Drive to Sony PlayStation, all your favourite systems are covered. What are you waiting for – get playing!

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

Downloads available from the main RetroPie website – http://blog.petrockblock.com/retropie/retropie-downloads/

RetroPie 3.0 Key Features

  • Automatic controller configuration for RetroArch from EmulationStation.
  • New system for single per system rom folders, default / per rom emulator switching, as well as per rom configurations.
  • Lots of configuration tools accessible from Emulation station including setting up WiFi, a configuration editor, file manager, audio settings and more.
  • Per system and per game menu to set video output and default emulator setting.
  • Basic Joypad control in RetroPie-Setup menus.
  • Option to add game roms via USB without network access
  • Now offering over 20+ emulators + ports.
  • Lots of other improvements / bug fixes from the 2.6 release.

Thanks to PetRockBlock, BuZz, gizmo98, Herb Fargus, Floob and all others who have contributed to the project.

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jwills.co.uk website update

Have been updating this site a little bit. I launched jwills.co.uk a short while ago as a way to connect things I work on in one place, and act as a bit of a portfolio site. I also had an old Magento blog, and a small website for the O2 Joggler which I wanted to manage in a single place.

So what’s new? Well, I have now switched the theme (off the shelf WordPress theme with minor tweaks – sorry!), and have added the following sections to Projects:

These are all projects I work on, or have contributed to. I also automatically pull in the news feeds from XBMC4Xbox and ExoticA to this site.

In other news, I have been busy on RetroPie getting it ready for the final 3.0 release, which I hope will be ready v.soon – there is an issue with a single emulator I want to look at, and then I’m happy to push out a new image.

RetroPie 3.0 rc1 is released

RetroPie is a system to build / configure and launch emulators on the Raspberry Pi.

3.0 Release Candidate 1 is now out – Changes since 3.0 beta 4 include:

  • Input configuration improvements / fixes / optimisations
  • Basic joypad control in RetroPie-Setup / emulator prelaunch menus.
  • Make libretro Fuse default spectrum emulator (for easier joypad control)
  • Added new spectrum emulator ZEsarUX to the experimental section.
  • Added launching RetroArch with RGUI from the RetroPie menu in EmulationStation.
  • Various other bugfixes – you can follow changes as they happen on the GitHub site – https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/commits/master

Pre-built images and further information are available from the RetroPie project website. For those who want to install on top of Raspbian – the system can be installed directly from the GitHub project, where you can also find a detailed list of changes.

This video on YouTube covers some of the changes in the new version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBgFigRNGyw

RetroPie 3.0 beta 4 is released

RetroPie is a system to build / configure and launch emulators on the Raspberry Pi.

RetroPie 3.0 beta 4 has been released. Changes include:

  • Work around issue with RetroArch GUI not accepting input/freezing.
  • Fixed up RetroArch control configuration via our new integrated input configuration.
  • Moved RetroArch joypad configurations to /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch-joypads

Pre-built images and further information are available from the RetroPie project website. For those who want to install on top of Raspbian – the system can be installed directly from the GitHub project, where you can also find a detailed list of changes.

Good video introductory here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbCvNsyLmQw

RetroPie 3.0 beta 3 is released

RetroPie is a system to build / configure and launch emulators on the Raspberry Pi.

RetroPie 3.0 beta 3 has been released. Changes include:

  • Integrated controls for emulationstation / retroarch – on first start  emulationstation will ask for controls to be configured, and will then also configure retroarch based on your choices. Note there will be a delay after selecting OK whilst this is done – this will be improved later to give feedback so it doesn’t look as though ES has frozen.
  • New experimental modules/emulators: limelight (Networked game streamer for Steam), lr-tgbdual (gameboy color emu with link support), DXX-Rebirth port (Decent 1/2), lr-mednafen-wswan (Wonderswan emu), lr-mednagen-gbp (NeoGeo Pocket emu), uae4arm (Amiga emu), lr-fuse (ZX Spectrum emu), lr-caprice32 (Amstrad CPC emu), lr-gw (Game and Watch simulator). All modules prefixed with lr- are libretro cores for use
    with Retroarch.
  • New startup picture with new RetroPie logo.
  • Added additional ES theme “Color Pi”
  • Dosbox bug fixes / Ability to launch custom shell scripts.
  • Wifi configuration under RetroPie menu.
  • PS3 controller setup improvements
  • Various other fixes / improvements.

Pre-built images and further information are available from the RetroPie project website. For those who want to install on top of Raspbian – the system can be installed directly from the GitHub project, where you can also find a detailed list of changes.

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RetroPie 3.0.0 BETA 3 is released

Version 3.0.0 BETA 3

  • Integrated controls configuration for EmulationStation and RetroArch – On first start EmulationStation will ask for controls to be configured, and will then also configure RetroArch based on your choices. Note that there will be a delay after selecting OK whilst this is done – this will be improved later to give feedback so it doesn’t look as though EmulationStation has frozen.
  • New experimental modules/emulators: limelight (Networked game streamer for Steam), lr-tgbdual (gameboy color emu with link support), DXX-Rebirth port (Decent 1/2), r-mednafen-wswan (Wonderswan emu), lr-mednagen-gbp (NeoGeo Pocket emu), uae4arm (Amiga emu), lr-fuse (ZX Spectrum emu), lr-caprice32 (Amstrad CPC emu), lr-gw (Game and Watch simulator). All modules prefixed with lr- are libretro cores for use with Retroarch.
  • New startup picture with new RetroPie logo.
  • Added additional ES theme “Color Pi”
  • Dosbox bug fixes / Ability to launch custom shell scripts.
  • Wifi configuration under RetroPie menu.
  • PS3 controller setup improvements
  • Disabled root password by default
  • Various other fixes / improvements.

RetroPie 3.0.0 BETA 2 is released

Version 3.0.0 BETA 2

  • More launch options for Hatari
  • Resize framebuffer with video mode change (and allow framebuffer res to be changed independently for terminal/X apps)
  • Improvements to minecraft-pi launch script
  • Added some experimental modules – Adventure Game Studio engine, yabause (Sega saturn), virtualjaguar (Atari Jaguar), beetle-vb (Virtualboy), mgba (game boy advance)
  • Added ProSystem (Atari 7800 emulator)
  • Fixes to mupen64plus build
  • Various other fixes / Improvements

RetroPie 3.0.0 BETA is released

Version 3.0.0 BETA

  • Overhaul of emulator selection / launching – single rom folder per platform, with the facility to change default emulator per platform or per rom on launch. Also allows launch of certain emulators with specific configurations, such as render plugin for mupen64plus, and model configuration for fuse.
  • RetroArch render resolution is also configurable on launch. Video output is no longer switched by default, but can be adjusted by the user if needed.
  • New retropie menu in EmulationStation with easy access to retropie-setup, file manager, audio settings, controller settings, raspi-config and so on.
  • Emulationstation entries are now sorted (by name) – should mostly match alphabetical order of rom folders.
  • Work to ensure user configurations are preserved. More configuration files moved to /opt/retropie/configs/ structure.
  • EmulationStation restarts on exit by default unless a key is pressed. Makes it easier for those that want to quick and let it restart to pick up any new roms.
  • New platforms.cfg file that contains emulator names / supported file extensions. This can be copied to /opt/retropie/configs/all to override extensions added to emulationstation (A reinstall / re-configuration of the a related emulator is needed after to update the emulationstation configuration)
  • Addition of AdvanceMAME 1.2 (based on MAME 0.106) which may be useful for rpi2 owners over the 0.94 version. Framebuffer output code adjusted to work better with the Pi.
  • rpix86 is included again by default (was missing from the last image).
  • Updates to the usbromservice. If you want to sync rom folders it now requires a folder in the root of the usb stick called “retropie”. The roms will be synced from a sub folder called roms. It also can backup/restore your custom emulationstation gameslists / data.
  • RetroArch includes additional shaders and overlays
  • Various other emulator updates and fixes.