Emulator frontend RetroArch has just officially launched on Steam


It's been a long time coming, but popular all-in-one emulator frontend RetroArch has made its debut on Steam. While RetroArch has already been available on PC for years, this brings the program to a new audience of Steam users, which may be of interest to those getting their Steam Deck systems later this year. This version of RetroArch is almost exactly the same as the one available on Libretro's website, with one caveat: it lacks the option to download new cores. Fortunately, there are a handful of cores available as free "DLC", including mGBA, Genesis Plus GX, PCSX ReARMed, and more, with the full list shown below.
  • Mupen64 Plus Next
  • Kronos
  • PCSX ReARMed
  • Stella
  • SameBoy
  • mGBA
  • Mesen
  • Mesen S
  • Genesis Plus GX
  • Final Burn Neo
If you're not satisfied with that, then you'll be able to grab any desired emulator cores from a regular install of RetroArch and manually drag them into the Steam version's folder. As this is a Steam "game", it also officially supports Steam's Remote Play and Cloud Save functions.

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:arrow: Steam RetroArch Store Page


Arm Cannon Enthusiast
Dec 26, 2013
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that could be trouble an easy way for <insert game company here> to tell what roms you play i wouldn't trust valve with my digital finger print AT ALL
Why not? Valve isn't publicly traded, and they don't sell user info. They just make (insane amounts of) money with the storefront. Letting RetroArch on Steam is a smart move for Steam Deck*, so that was probably a big part of Valve's calculus here.

* Linux-based, no tracking there either.
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