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Fri Nov 12 2021

Recalbox 8.0-Electron BETA

Here we are, almost: the Recalbox team is proud to present, in its Beta version, the new version of Recalbox: Recalbox 8.0-Electron

Several months of work separate us from version 7.2.2, and the new features are numerous:

With native support for Raspberry Pi to Scart/Vga adaptors along with Recalbox's new CRT configurations, playing your favourite games on Televisions & Monitors becomes a reality. Plug your adaptor, switch on your TV and enjoy the same image quality as on the original hardware.

Regarding new boards, in addition to the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 support, the PiBoy DMG is now automatically detected: Just flash the SD and Recalbox configures everything.

PC owners can now enjoy Playstation 2 games. We're providing you with the very latest version of the PCSX2 emulator, with full support of CHD and a global compatibility of more than 98%, thanks to the hard work of PCSX2's developers.

Raspberry Pi4 owners are about to discover most of the treasures of the Saturn console. Not all games will run and not all games will run smoothly, but the auto-frameskip of Yabasanshiro is smart enough to let you enjoy games without slowdown. The emulator has support for CHD disk format, but it is not recommended as it may fail in several games. (wiki)

Fans will be pleased to know that not only have we added the Hatari standalone emulator (which has more options then the core), but also both emulators have a new & very easy model and bios management for ST, STE, MegaST/MegaSTE, TT and Falcon series. (wiki)

With Amiberry upgrading to 4.1.5, and the new awesome Uae4ARM core, playing Amiga games as well as CD32 and CDTV games has never been so easy (wiki)

Old Computers are still the Kings: several old computers have been added and we did our best to make them usable by everyone, adding our own options and extensions in emulators themselves. We're also proud to offer you in exclusivity, the Recalbox port of BeBeem, a BBC Micro series emulator which was very popular machine in the United Kingdom! Due to lack of time, the sound is not ported yet. But it will very soon.

What does it mean to install a beta?

Taking advantage of the latest news in advance requires a little contribution from you: we count on you to report any problems you may encounter.

To do so, go to the dedicated Recalbox forum page

Installation

To install Recalbox 8.0-Electron Beta 1, you have the choice:

  • the fresh install: go to the Download section of the site and download the image corresponding to your board
  • the update from 7.2.2: edit your recalbox.conf file and modify the updates.type key:
    updates.type=beta

Key features :

  • Add CRT Televisions and CRT Monitors support (wiki)
  • Add Playstation 2 system on PC, emulated using the pcsx2 standalone emulator and the libretro-pcsx2 core (wiki)
  • Add Saturn system on Raspberry Pi4, using libretro core Yabasanshiro (wiki)
  • Add support for new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 board
  • Add a new Playstation standalone emulator: Duckstation(wiki)
  • Add Recalbox default overlays for all systems (wiki)

Keep in mind that some problems will be corrected before the final version, others will not, due to time constraints.

The complete list of new features:

New systems:

  • Add a new Atari standalone emulator: Hatari (Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon) (wiki)
  • Add a new ColecoVision libretro core: Gearcoleco (wiki)
  • Add BBC Micro system with Beebem emulator (wiki)
  • Add TI-99/4A system, emulated using the ti99sim standalone emulator (wiki)
  • Add Dragon 32/64 system and TRS-80 Color Computer, emulated using the XRoar standalone emulator (wiki)
  • Add LowRes NX virtual console (wiki)

New cores:

  • Add widescreen support on Megadrive, using genesisplusgxwide the genesis/megadrive widescreen core! (wiki)
  • Add Channel F system, emulated with libretro fbneo (wiki)
  • Add an Amiga core optimized for ARM boards (RPi, odroids): libretro uae4arm core (wiki)
  • Add Atari stella2014 core on RPI1/Zero and RPI2 as it is more performant than stella (wiki)
  • Add libretro Gong (Pong)

Hardware:

  • Add PiBoy DMG support
  • Add controlling of various RPI fan controllers

Enhancements:

  • Add CHD support for Mega CD Games with Picodrive core (wiki)
  • Add gamelink support for gameboy (two players)
  • Add Xbox One wireless dongles support (xow userspace driver daemon from Medusalix)
  • Improve ergonomy in gamelists when "quick system select" is enabled
  • Add new Netplay's MITM servers: Montreal & SaoPaulo
  • Bump libretro MGBA (Gameboy Advance core)
  • Bump Libretro PX68K (Sharp x68000)
  • Bump Oricutron to latest version
  • Bump SimCoupĂ© to v1.2.5
  • Bump Libretro Beetle PSX
  • Bump Libretro MAME2003 Plus
  • Bump Libretro-MAME2003 to include latest fixes
  • Bump Libretro VICE to include new options and latest fixes
  • Bump Amiberry to v4.1.5. Add CDTV support
  • Bump Retroarch to v1.9.8
  • Bump Hypseus to version 2.4.18 (DirtBagXon) to support Singe
  • Bump Fbneo v1.0.0.03
  • Bump Sharp X68000 core (px68k)
  • Bump Flycast
  • Bump ScummVM to 2.4.0
  • Improve responsiveness & eegonomy of Netplay window
  • Bump Kronos libretro core
  • Bump Mame 0.235
  • Bump pcsx_rearmed on Raspberry PI Zero and 1

Fixes:

  • Fix performance issues on RPi 1 and RPi Zero
  • Fix controllers behavior in WII & GC systems (dolphin)
  • Fix message "failed to set last used disc" for core libretro px68k
  • Fix laggy video playback on Odroid XU4 OGST
  • Fix message "failed to extract content from compressed" for core libretro xrick
  • Fix loads of bugs on pcsx_rearmed on Raspberry PI 0 and 1
  • Fix static WIFI IP configuration not working

Games:

  • Added Demons of Asteborg demo for Megadrive

And as the Recalbox documentation has also been revamped, finding the tutorials and info you're looking for has never been easier: https://wiki.recalbox.com

Have a good retro-game !

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Wed Nov 10 2021

The new Recalbox wiki is online!

The Recalbox documentation has been revamped!

After many months of work, the whole Recalbox team is proud to announce the release of the new WIKI recalbox !

You will find :

  • all the tutorials allowing you to use the full power of your Recalbox
  • the list of compatible systems by board
  • the advanced configuration of your Recalbox
  • the advanced configuration of each system
  • and much more...

Thanks to all of you who helped us to make this exhaustive documentation of the Recalbox project, either on this wiki project, or on any previous project.

And especially a big thank you to @Pit64 aka The Documentator for getting the project done 🙏

Happy reading!

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Sun Nov 07 2021

Recalbox on Raspberry Pi Zero 2 !

Nice surprise, during this shortage period, the Raspberry Pi Foundation released the Raspberry Pi Zero 2.

Small but strong, it keeps exactly the same dimensions as its big brother the Raspberry Pi Zero.

It is therefore compatible with all your consoles or installations on which you use version 1 of the Raspberry Pi Zero!

In terms of performance, it greatly surpasses its big brother! The performance is comparable to that of the RPi3, which is impressive for a board at this price!

It will be a hit in our GPi Case or directly on our TVs, as shown by these various feedbacks on social networks:

And you know what? Recalbox is already compatible !

Go and download the latest version on the download page !

F.A.Q.

Q. Who is it for? What for?
A. Those with a small budget or those who want to ugrade their GPI case

Q. Is it compatible with the GPI Case?
A. Yes it is.

Q. Can I reuse my RPi zero SD with the RPi zero 2 in the GPI case?
A. No. You will have to install the lastest public beta or Recalbox next version.

Q. What kind of emulation can we expect?
A. On TV: Up to the PSX with no problem. For N64/DC it depends on the game. In GPI: Up to the PSX and the N64 with no problem. Ok on DC for most games.

Q. In terms of Arcade emulation?
A. FBNeo and MAME2003+ run fine. No need to get stuck on FBA any longer.

Q. Do problematic Ă©mulators run better on the RPi zero 2?
A. Sure, PSX, GBA, SNES and Arcade emulators run all fine.

Q. What about the heating in the GPI Case's cartridge?
A. After several hours playing Dreamcast games, the T° never went beyond 62°C, which is safe for plastics of either GPI Cases or regular RPi zero 2 cases.

Q. What about autonomy?
A. The Pi zero 2 will necessarily consume more power than the Pi zero, however we did our best to optimize power consumption according to the running emulator.

Q. Is there a standby mode like on the Odroid GO2?
A. No, this is not possible due to RPi and GPI limitations.

Q. WIFI and bluetooth are available?
A. Yes, both WIFI and Bluetooth are available.

Q. Given the size, are there any USB port available?
A. Yes, only one micro-USB is available. To extend it, use a powered hub with a micro-USB/USB adapter.

Q. Can we overclock the RPi zero 2?
A. People already do it. But we do not recommend it as the power consumption will rise quickly. In the GPI Case, this could lead to instabilities in addition to draining the batteries very quickly.

Q. Does the 512MB limit emulation?
A. No, except for the PSP which is not available on the RPi zero 2. However, it is not advisable to fill your SD with fuillsets and/or to activate all available systems.

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Fri Nov 05 2021

Rediscover your favorite games with Hacks!

Hacks ?

We know each other, we won't hide it, we all have in our Recalbox a lot of games that we will never finish, and that we will maybe never launch... Why is that? Because we spend our time sanding down the games of our childhood, again and again.

What if I told you that I had the solution, to allow you to continue to sand your favorite games, but to rediscover them all the same?

Indeed, there is a great variety of HACKS, which are modifications of the code of an original game. Created by passionate amateurs, there are several types of hacks:

  • Translation hacks
  • Technical hacks
  • Graphics hacks
  • Music hacks
  • Level editing
  • Rom expansion

Several of these processes can be found in the same hack, for example:

  • FF7 Neo Midgar (translation) The complete retranslation Neo Midgar of Final Fantasy 7 on Playstation 1
  • The Final Fantasy VI restoration patch on GBA (Music, technical) which replaces the musics by those of the Snes and which removes the worries of framerate
  • The legend of Zelda Parallel (Graphics, Music, Levels, Expansion) complete hack of The legend of Zelda a link to the past on SNES
  • Metroid - Rogue Dawn (Graphics, Music, Levels, Expansion) a complete prequel to Metroid on NES of impressive quality!
  • The special category Kaizo Kaizo Super Mario World The Kaizo editions of the original games are completely insane difficulty challenges...

How does it work ?

It's quite simple: the hack is distributed as a binary patch (a simple file with a .ips extension) and must be applied on the original rom.

Once the rom is patched, you just have to launch the game on your favorite emulator... in Recalbox.

Where to find hacks ?

Several sites aim at gathering existing hacks:

  • romhacking.net contains an impressive list of hacks. The community is very active and the hack tests are numerous and can guide you in your selection.
  • romhack.org is a French community of translators
  • google.com is your friend. Try the search TMNT NES HACK for example, you might be surprised :)

How to patch my rom ?

There are several tools that allow you to patch a rom. The easiest and quickest is probably to use the online patching tool romhacking.net/patch. Upload your rom, your patch and download your new game.

Let's see what it looks like on The legend of Zelda Parallel Worlds ?

The The legend of Zelda Parallel Worlds is a very deep hack of The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past on Super Nintendo.

The original hack was released in 2006 and its latest version is from 2017. The author has completely changed the storyline, even though we still recognize the general plot in the background. The world map is completely revised, the characters and music too, and the dungeons are MUCH more complicated. That's why the hack I'm going to talk about is a new version called Zelda3 Parallel Remodel which is a rewrite of the hack correcting the parts that are a bit too difficult.

In the beginning... You are a treasure hunter from a far away country, but very soon you hear about a plot led by Draegor, the king's assistant. He would have killed the king and kidnapped 7 people who had information about the Parallel Tower in common...

Your adventure starts the same night you go to rescue two of the seven people who would have survived this coup...

As I told you above, what is good with the hacks is that we find the pleasure of playing our favorite games but rediscovering them complement. It's a strange feeling, at least at the beginning, but the pleasure returns very quickly in the game. To leave the link house to find ourselves under the rain of Hyrule, it is enjoyable, nostalgic but new!

So we go on an adventure, and that's when we realize the work done: the enemies are numerous, the screens completely different, the dungeons are huge, the puzzles very advanced, and the difficulty is always there...

Anyway I'm in the hype, I finish writing this post and I go directly on my Recalbox to continue the game !

PS: a little bonus, the hack TMNT: Return to New York (NES) allows you to change turtle with the shortcut UP+START and adds many graphical elements, like a different color for each turtle!

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