RetroArch 1.7.5 released: Nintendo Switch version is now available, UI improvements for touch devices, easier screen recording, adaptive V-Sync on OpenGL for Windows/Linux and more!
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 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?
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.
RetroArch 1.7.5 release post (+ more in-depth changelog) : https://www.libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-1-7-5-released/
RetroArch Download Page: https://www.retroarch.com/?page=platforms
RetroArch GitHub Page: https://github.com/libretro/RetroArch