Video games today may be more popular than ever, but the truth is they’re not as exciting as they used to be. Unfortunately, game developers pay too much attention to graphics and in-game shopping than to real gameplay. So in 2020, the real gamer will have more fun playing on the ROM of the video games of previous years, on systems such as NES, SNES, Genesis and N64.
Fortunately, there is currently no shortage of ways to play classic ROMs for video games. You can even use inexpensive devices such as the Raspberry Pi series computers to easily transfer them to your TV screen. If you own the latest device of this type, the Raspberry Pi 4, I have great news: you can finally use the RetroPie under Linux for your classic entertainment games.
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It’s been a while since we’ve updated our prefab photos. However, development is in the background and many changes have been made since the last release. Please note that we are constantly updating RetroPie and you can update your system at any time. We wanted to wait until we were satisfied with the support of Raspberry Pi 4 before releasing new images, but RetroPie has been working on Raspberry Pi 4 for a while now for those who want to install it manually or try a weekly image development, say the developers at RetroPie.
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Then the developers explain it: For RetroPie 4.6 we switched to Raspbian Buster as the basis for our finished Raspberry pi images. Raspbian Stretch is no longer supported by Raspberry Pi Trading Ltd. We will continue to support Stretch for some time, but we will probably stop updating the binaries for this program later this year.
Here is the evolution of RetroPie’s developer shares
- Support for Raspberry Pi 4! The support is now marked as beta, because there is still a lot of room for improvement, but most emulators now work well.
- RetroPie images are now based on Raspbian Buster – Stretch is no longer supported by Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd. RetroPie will stop updating prebuilt binaries for Stretch later this year.
- Improvements to the RetroPie packaging system and RetroPie installation kernel so that the package status is recorded and the binaries are updated only when the updated binary is available. The source code parameters during the update are also not overwritten by the pre-compiled binary. We have started delivering ready-to-use binaries in the experimental domain for supported platforms.
- RetroArch has been updated to version 1.8.5.
- New notification system with support for Cheevos badges.
- The WGIG can be thematic.
- Support for a real CD-ROM with the ability to empty the disk image.
- Enhanced disk management system with support for disk marking in .m3u files
- Retro camera support for PS1/Sega CD/PCEngine CD.
- The emulator has been updated to version 2.9.1.
- Fixed scraper for TheGameDBNet.
- Improved grid display and error correction.
- New options to disable the system name in the user collections and save the game metadata after each change
- Added support for switching video mode for KMS and X11 needs. For SDL2 applications only.
- Added Ioquake3 module for platforms other than Raspberry Pi 1-3
- Replace zdum with lzdum because it is no longer supported.
- amiberry – update to version 3.1.3, including ipf support
- Stella – update to version 6.0.1.
- SDL has been updated to version 2.0.10 with fixes for rpi4/kms.
- There are many improvements for the port.
- eduke32 – Major repairs, including a package for IonFury.
- sixarux – update to v8.0.
- cgenius – Update to v2.3.6.
- radical – Upgrade to version 220.127.116.11 with RPI4 compatibility.
- scummvm – updated to version 2.1.1.
- atari800 – update to version 4.2.0 (lr-atari800 configuration has been moved to lr-atari800.cfg to avoid conflicts)
- lr-mupen64plus / lr-mupen64plus-next – enables GLES3 support on rpi4.
- lr-opera – renamed by lr-4do
- Sonic Robo Blast – update 2.2.
- Many other corrections and improvements.
- New experimental modules have been added.
- vvvvvvv – Gate of the popular platform / puzzle VVVVVV.
- lr-neocd – Neo-geo CD emulator.
- Redream – dream emulator for raspberry Pi 4.
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Although the support for Raspberry Pi 4 is still in beta, it is still better than nothing. To be honest, from what the developers say, your overall experience with Pi 4 should be very good. When you are ready to try it, you can download the image for Raspberry Pi 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 here. As far as the ROMs are concerned, you must of course respect the local laws. Piracy is wrong, okay?
Photographic credits : Giuseppe Cummino / stick