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#1 Xbox-Scene

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:57 PM

Official 'RetroArch v0.9.7' Released
Posted by GaryOPA | August 23 12:57 EST | News Category: Xbox_Xbox360
 
For Both Xbox1 and 360 Systems

After alot of unofficial builds, the developers (Themaister, Squarepusher/Twin Aphex) behind the amazing 'RetroArch' emulator series have released v0.9.7 as an official build for both original XBOX and 360 users.

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WHAT IS RETROARCH?

RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight and portable. It has features few other emulator frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading.

WHAT IS LIBRETRO?

Libretro is the API that RetroArch uses. It makes it easy to port games and emulators to a single core backend, such as RetroArch.

For the user, this means - more ports to play with, more crossplatform portability, less worrying about developers having to reinvent the wheel writing boilerplate UI/port code - so that they can get busy with writing the emulator/porting the emulator/game.

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

Right now it's unique in that it runs the same emulator cores on multiple systems (such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, etc).

For each emulator 'core', RetroArch makes use of a library API that we like to call 'libretro'.

Think of libretro as an interface for emulator and game ports. You can make a libretro port once and expect the same code to run on all the platforms that RetroArch supports. It's designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind so that the porter can worry about the port at hand instead of having to wrestle with an obfuscatory API.

The purpose of libretro is to help ease the work of the emulator/game porter by giving him an API that allows him to target multiple platforms at once without having to redo any code. He doesn't have to worry about writing input/video/audio drivers - all of that is supplied to him by RetroArch. All he has to do is to have the emulator port hook into the libretro API and that's it - we take care of the rest.

XBOX 360 PORT

The Xbox 360 port of RetroArch has the following features:

- Real-time rewinding
- Switching between emulator cores seamlessly, and ability to install new libretro cores

Included with RetroArch 360 are a bunch of shaders - including the latest version of the popular xBR shader. It is possible to use two shaders simultaneously to get the best possible graphical look.

EMULATOR/GAME CORES BUNDLED WITH XBOX 360 PORT

The following emulators/games have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the Xbox 360 release of RetroArch.

For more information about them, see the included 'retroarch-libretro-README.txt' file.

- Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.26]
- FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
- Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
- Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive | Sega CD) [version 1.7.0]
- SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
- VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
- Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
- Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
- Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)

All of the emulators listed above are the latest versions currently available. Most of them have been specifically optimized so that they will run better on 360 (some games would not reach fullspeed without these optimizations).

XBOX 1 PORT

The Xbox 1 port of RetroArch has the following features:

- Real-time rewinding (though most emus will not likely run fast enough on Xbox 1 to handle this at fullspeed)
- Switching between emulator cores seamlessly, and ability to install new libretro cores

EMULATOR/GAME CORES BUNDLED WITH XBOX 1 PORT

The following emulators/games have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the Xbox 1 release of RetroArch.

For more information about them, see the included 'retroarch-libretro-README.txt' file.

- Final Burn Alpha Cores (CPS1 - CPS2 - NeoGeo) [version 0.2.97.26] (***)
- FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
- Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
- Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive | Sega CD) [version 1.7.0]
- SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom) (**)
- VBA Next (Game Boy Advance) (*)
- Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
- Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
- Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)

All of the emulators listed above are the latest versions currently available. Most of them have been specifically optimized so that they will run better on Xbox 1 (some games would not reach fullspeed without these optimizations).

* VBA Next doesn't run at fullspeed on Wii (VBA Next is a RetroConsole Level 2 emulator port). It will be replaced by a port of gpSP in the near future.
** SuperFX games will not run at fullspeed - a special version of SNES9x will be developed for Retro Console Level 1 systems.
*** The biggest Neo-Geo ROMs that can be loaded are around 23+MB in size, such as Real Bout Fatal Fury 1 and King of Fighters '96.


News-Source: RetroArch v0.9.7 (via) 360Crunch







#2 xboxdawg

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:26 PM

Anyone tried this yet?

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:38 AM

QUOTE(xboxdawg @ Aug 24 2012, 10:26 AM) View Post

Anyone tried this yet?


Yes and it works quite well, I'm just trying to get a list going of games compatible with the sega cd emulator. My friend wants to play the title Night Trap but i'm not so sure it will work as all I can find in an iso of it and thats not on the list of extensions. =(

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:32 AM

Sweet.
I will have to check this out.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:27 AM

QUOTE(xboxdawg @ Aug 24 2012, 12:26 PM) View Post

Anyone tried this yet?



its an amazing emulator (launcher ? ) but it needs a better browser, browsing through the ~3,000 FBA roms is a big pain (or any system to be honest) but I am guessing all of this will get fixed/improved in later versions smile.gif

now it just need a N64 Emulator and we will be golden tongue.gif




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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:05 AM

Doesn't scale correctly on my XBOX1, tried using overscan option but I can barely see it and I think its only for the games, not the menu itself. Pretty useless on xbox 1 for me. displayed on composite at 480i on an NTSC LCD.



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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:54 AM

QUOTE(juntistik @ Aug 26 2012, 03:05 AM) View Post

Doesn't scale correctly on my XBOX1, tried using overscan option but I can barely see it and I think its only for the games, not the menu itself. Pretty useless on xbox 1 for me. displayed on composite at 480i on an NTSC LCD.


I should have mentioned in the README that the Overscan options currently are not hooked up for Xbox 1 - the reason that option is there at all (as a placeholder) is because the menu code is shared inbetween PS3 and Xbox 1.

However, you shouldn't want the Overscan options - instead, what you're looking for is the "Resize Mode' option in the Ingame Menu. Press Right Thumb Stick while in-game, select 'Resize Mode', resize the screen according to the onscreen instructions, then exit out of that mode.

The 'Resize Mode' is tied to the 'Custom' aspect ratio - so the settings you change in the Resize Mode menu will affect that specfic aspect ratio option.

Hope this helped explain.

Edited by Dante_Ali, 26 August 2012 - 03:55 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:51 PM

QUOTE(Dante_Ali @ Aug 26 2012, 02:54 AM) View Post

you shouldn't want the Overscan options - instead, what you're looking for is the "Resize Mode' option in the Ingame Menu. Press Right Thumb Stick while in-game, select 'Resize Mode', resize the screen according to the onscreen instructions, then exit out of that mode.

Unless I'm missing something, this only resizes the game, not the UI (which remains stuffed, unusable, off the top-left of the screen).

For anyone else with this problem, the "-utton" to save the settings is the "B Button". X shows the game, and Y replaces your settings with the default fullscreen.




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