RetroArch 1.8.3 is pretty minor for some ports but for the PSP port, it brings quite a good deal to the table!
Now, RetroArch 1.8.3 has been released just a little over 2 weeks after RetroArch 1.8.2 since the software is now on a rapid-release cycle in order to make improvements more readily available and increase the amount of user feedback. This update, which is quite significant for some systems, brings along:
Support for ANGLE, a piece of middleware by Google which is an OpenGL ES compatibility layer that translates OpenGL calls to Direct3D 9/11 ones
This is useful for graphics cards that don’t have an adequate OpenGL driver on certain operating systems (like Intel HD 2000/3000 on Windows 10) and the XBOX One as the latter only supports the Direct3D 11/12 APIs when it comes to graphics
ANGLE can only be used on the x64 Windows version and the UWP port. Obviously, cores need to be accelerated with a renderer making use of OpenGL ES 2/3’s feature set in order for ANGLE support to be implementable
The XBOX One has also seen some love with RetroArch 1.8.3 especially when it comes to Dreamcast and N64 cores
Right now, the only cores available with ANGLE support are Flycast and Mupen64Plus Next with the latter giving pretty good results on the XBOX One S
Instructions on how to use the ANGLE cores are found in the link below
Some improvements to Netplay which include the fixing of a critical bug which would make all players get disconnected from the relay server if one disconnects
The netplay lobby server code is slated for being rewritten from scratch in the near future so that it’s more stable
The PSP has gained a good number of cores including FreeIntv (Intellivision), MAME 2000 (Arcade), TGB Dual (GameBoy & GBC) and Handy (Atari Lynx)
The PSVita’s MAME 2000 and 2003 Plus also received some improvements as Cyclone and DrZ80 have been backported. A Reddit user describes their experience here
The 3DS’ port has gained RACE, a Neo Geo Pocket Colour emulator
It currently provides 45-50FPS on the old 3DS and fullspeed performance (60 FPS) on the New 3DS
Numerous bug fixes which can be seen the release post below
To read more about RetroArch 1.8.3, check out its release post which also comes with a few videos demonstrating functionality. You can download it from this link by selecting the platform of your choice. They also have a Patreon page for donations.
Hydr8gon reports that NooDS now has an almost-done 3D renderer
While NooDS may not be the best DS emulator to use right now, its developer is pouring a good deal of work into it so only time will tell where it ends up!
Other than creating the renderer, Hydr8gon also notes that he’s posted two Patreon posts, which can be seen for free, about developing a 3D renderer for the DS which may be a pretty interesting read if you’re into more in-depth stuff in relation to emulation.
You may try out NooDS’ latest builds by clicking on the commit history and pressing the green checkmark on the latest commit – this link leads to the latest commit’s automatic build page. Currently, builds are available for Linux, Mac, Windows and the Nintendo Switch in NRO form. Donations can be made through Patreon
Other than these releases, the PSVita also received Volume Control Pack while GodMode 9 v1.9.1 has been released for the 3DS with much faster scrolling when word-wrap is enabled and more.
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