Are you a fan of emulation? I know I am, and it seems one of the premiere tools for it is going to be getting a nice update soon. RetroDECK has just released a progress report on their upcoming 0.8.0b release.

For those who don't know, RetroDECK is an all-in-one package on the Discover Store that puts all of your emulators into one download, configures them, and gets it all set up with Emulation-Station DE (or ES-DE) as the graphical front end. All files are in one place, all wrapped together with the ES-DE front end and a framework on top to help with mod management, controller profile configuring, and even installing free BIOS for emulators. And yes, this includes RetroAchievements support.

Here's a rundown of what we can expect from this new update when it arrives.

Update to ES-DE 3.0

RetroDECK will be updating the version of EmulationStation to version 3.0. This brings with it a few changes, mostly in the front end of ES-DE, which we detailed here in our article on the 3.0 update. It does change a lot of directories, so it's recommended NOT to update any themes you may have for ES-DE until RetroDECK is updated.

External Controller Support

This update will also add Steam Input profiles for certain Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3-5, Xbox 360/One/Series controllers, and the Steam Controller. It also adds radial menu support for these external controllers, not just the Steam Deck controller.

External controllers are also gaining support for using the right joystick as a mouse, which will help when playing PC systems or platforms such as the Wii, which often require the use of a pointer.

ScummVM Radial Menu

ScummVM is getting a radial menu added, which can be accessed via the Steam Deck's left touchpad, and allows you to quickly input common ScummVM commands, such as picking up items and examining objects.


Additional Translations to the Godot Configurator (Not in 0.8.0b)

In a future update, the RetroDECK team has confirmed that the Godot Configurator will also be translated into additional languages, including English, Swedish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, German, and Ukrainian.

New Stand-Alone Emulators

The following emulators will be added to RetroDECK in version 0.8.0b:

  • Ryujinx (Switch)
  • OpenBOR
  • Solarus
  • IkemanGO (M.U.G.E.N)
  • MAME

And that's all for this progress report! I love seeing the improvements coming, especially with the attention to detail for emulators like ScummVM to make them a bit easier to use with a gamepad. I am looking forward to the release!

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Oliver Stogden
Oliver began playing video games at an early age, starting with the SNES console and Commodore Amiga computer. Nowadays, his interest is in the future of portable technology, such as handheld gaming systems, portable power stations/banks, and portable monitors. And seeing just how far we can push these devices.
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