October 19, 2012 AT 2:00 am

The RetroPie Project: An Interim Report @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi

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Quick snapshot of the exciting developments in the RetroPie project over the past few weeks!

  • Emulation Station: In order to browse and run your game collections on the Raspberry Emulation Station provides a graphical front-end that is specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi platform. Comments, suggestions, or bug reports are welcome and constructively discussed for the further development of the front end.
  • Emulators: A wide variety of emulators that are running on the Raspberry exists in the meantime and people are still working on additional emulator ports or exploring which emulators are running on the RPi. Currently, emulators for 18 systems can be installed with the RetroPie Setup script.
  • Raspberry Pi Firmware: The official firmware of the Raspberry Pi is constantly developing. Among others, outstanding updates in the last weeks were the improvements with the analog audio output and the introduction of the “turbo mode” without voiding the guarantee.
  • RetroPie Setup Script: RetroPie Setup Script intends to ease the installation of various emulators as well as the configuration and setup of controllers, drivers, and the front-end. With the feedback from this blog and the thread in the official forum the script is permanently enhanced.
    Gaming case with slots for SNES connectors: The acrylic case that I wrote about has proved to be useful and robust in practice. I will revise the design of the case to account for the RetroPie GPIO adapter that I will present soon.
  • (S)NES-controller GPIO adapter: The PCBs of the revised version of the SNES-controller GPIO adapter board have recently arrived! I will post an article about it in the next days. Let me just tell me for now that they are great!
  • Gamecon driver for GPIO interface: A gamecon driver has become part of the RetroPie Setup script and provides the possibility to use the GPIO pins for connecting various Nintendo controllers. The GPIO adapter board mentioned above can be used with this driver out-of-the-box. The latest version of the driver makes use of Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) which “enables kernel device drivers to be automatically rebuilt when a new kernel is installed” [Wikipedia].

To everyone involved in this so far I have to say “well done and thank you for all the work and what was achieved in the meantime”!

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