The RetroArch team never fail to bring us useful improvements to our emulation experience and this time around, they’ve released RetroArch 1.7.5 for that purpose. RetroArch 1.7.5 is a smaller update that still packs a good amount of punch such as an official Nintendo Switch port, UI improvements and easier screen recording among other things!
What is RetroArch?
RetroArch not only supports lots of emulators but it also supports a lot of OSes with support stretching as far back as Windows 95!
RetroArch is a cross-platform front-end for various emulators that it calls cores. Its main reason for existing is to provide an easy way to access and play your favourite retro games while providing a host of other useful features. Among the cores (emulators) that are available, we find:
NES, SNES, GBA, N64, Wii, GameCube and a whole slew of other Nintendo consoles
Sega consoles such as the Genesis, Dreamcast and SMS
Sony devices like the PSP, PSX and there’s currently work on a PS2 core
Other stuff like DOOM (via PrBoom), Arcade machines (via MAME/FB Alpha) and the Commodore 64
Some of the useful features that RetroArch provides include a system of input lag reduction and the ability to listen to your own music while playing a game among others. RetroArch is available on various platforms like Windows/Mac/Linux PCs, Android, iOS, the PSVita and Nintendo Switch.
What does RetroArch 1.7.5 bring along?
You can now use one of the most sophisticated emulation front-ends on your Nintendo Switch without booting into Linux!
RetroArch 1.7.5 is a minor update that packs quite a few useful features including:
The release of an official Nintendo Switch port – you obviously need a hacked Switch to use this
Dropdown lists for changing options via the RetroArch UI
This is very useful for touch devices as before this, you had to press the option you wanted to change multiple times in order to get the setting you wanted
Adaptive V-Sync via OpenGL is now available on Windows and Linux machines
Adapative V-Sync is like regular V-Sync BUT it’s only enabled when the emulator you’re using is running the game at full speed. If the emulator dips below full speed, V-Sync is disabled so that you still have a high framerate
Vulkan performance on Windows machines sporting Nvidia cards has been improved. Now, you shouldn’t experience stuttering issues
Screen recording/streaming has been made easier as a GUI front-end for it has been added
UDP Streaming to another RetroArch instance is now possible. This makes support for Discord Spectate Mode possible in the future
Bug fixes and other minor improvements which are detailed in the changelog
To get RetroArch, simply follow the link below and grab the version for your chosen platform. If you encounter any issues, these can be reported on the Issues Tab of RetroArch’s GitHub by following the link below.
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