L4T Lakka Switch - now with audio and Vulkan

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Lakka Switch, L4T edition
I am proud to finally release the L4T version of Lakka Switch!
New kernel, new logo, new drivers, audio... everything is fresh and clean.

Did I mention Rayman 3 was full speed on Dolphin? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

General system updates
  • New Linux kernel and underlying operating system, based on Linux4Tegra and Jetson Nano drivers
    • mainline kernel has been deprecated
    • system features should now be on par with the L4T Ubuntu distribution, except for dock support
    • Bluetooth was lost in the battle and needs some rest to come back stronger
  • aarch64 is now the default and mainly supported architecture
    • arm has been deprecated since L4T doesn't support it
  • New logo made with the help of jaames and the R:S community
New features and improvements
  • Audio now works through the internal speakers and headphones
  • The new GPU driver supports both Vulkan and OpenGL
  • RAM is now locked at full speed (1600Mhz), was 800MHz before
  • The system is now way more stable and should boot for everyone with a decent SD card (no more black screen of death)
  • RetroArch has been updated to add menu widgets (fancy onscreen notifications)
  • Overclock profiles have been updated :
    • Renamed all profiles
    • Added more overclock profiles
    • Added underclock profiles
New cores
  • mupen64plus-next (N64 emulator)
    • The core is full speed, even on aarch64 thanks to the new dynarec
    • Includes the updated version of the GlideN renderer
  • picodrive (various Sega consoles)
    • The core replaces Genesis Plus GX (Game Gear support has been dropped)
  • Beetle PSX HW (PSX emulator with OpenGL and Vulkan renderer)
    • The core performs worse than PCSX ReARMed for now, even with Vulkan
  • reicast (Dreamcast emulator)
    • The core is full speed on all commercial games, no visual glitches
    • The OIT renderer works (better accuracy), speed is still good on 1x resolution
    • The core needs the Dreamcast BIOS files to be placed in /lakka/storage/system/DC
    • WinCE games are currently not supported - there is a WinCE version of the reicast core in the works but the aarch64 dynarec is too slow for the games to be playable (for now)
  • Yaba Sanshiro (Saturn emulator)
    • The core is full speed on all commercial games
    • Yabause and Kronos were also added but both perform worse than Yaba Sanshiro
  • theodore (Thomson MO/TO emulator)
Updated cores
  • Dolphin : Vulkan support
    • With Vulkan, Dolphin runs decently - some games are playable, some are full speed... see for yourself, try it and experiment with different games and settings!
  • PCSX ReARMed : Switch optimizations and CHD support
  • PPSSPP : doesn't crash anymore when closing content
Removed cores
  • mupen64plus
  • parallel-n64
  • Genesis Plus GX
  • Ishiiruka
    • It might come back once the core is updated with the (beta) Vulkan renderer
Credits
  • Kernel and drivers work: NVIDIA, switchroot team (especially ByLaws and langerhans)
  • Lakka Switch work: natinusala and plaidman
  • RetroArch, original Lakka distribution: libretro team
  • mupen64plus-next: Gillou and m4xw
  • PCSX ReARMed: Switch optimizations by m4xw, CHD support by aliaspider
  • Dolphin core: aliaspider
  • reicast core: flyinghead

Download link

The Lakka Switch website has been updated with the new version: https://lakka-switch.github.io/documentation/

Please note that you can't dual boot Ubuntu and Lakka Switch for now (it will always boot Ubuntu).
 

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I'm thinking about installing this on my SD card, replacing Horizon OS Retroarch. How is the overall performance of the cores? (Im especially interested in PS1, N64 and Dolphin) Do I need to plug in mouse and keyboard or it is fully controllable by joycons? Overall, is it worth it to install as a main emulation solution on Switch?
 
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I'm thinking about installing this on my SD card, replacing Horizon OS Retroarch. How is the overall performance of the cores? (Im especially interested in PS1, N64 and Dolphin) Do I need to plug in mouse and keyboard or it is fully controllable by joycons? Overall, is it worth it to install as a main emulation solution on Switch?

personally I don’t think there is a main emulation solution on the switch. It’s basically a poor way to use the console. There are many abilities you have in terms of emulation so I don’t feel you should use just one. This would be my go to for portable psp/gamecube/dreamcast. In terms of sega saturn/ds/dreamcast android is my goto because it can be docked and and i can use other controllers. If you don’t use docked this build of lakka is great but to me one of the big positives of the device is i can play on the go and on my big screen.
 
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I'm thinking about installing this on my SD card, replacing Horizon OS Retroarch. How is the overall performance of the cores? (Im especially interested in PS1, N64 and Dolphin) Do I need to plug in mouse and keyboard or it is fully controllable by joycons? Overall, is it worth it to install as a main emulation solution on Switch?
I think the most complete thing you can have is RetroArch in LineageOS
 
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I think the most complete thing you can have is RetroArch in LineageOS

to be honest this is not well thought out. Let me give you an example. Saturn for instance. Saturn is poorly emulated in android retroarch. But yaba sanshiro works great. Alot of people don’t like saturn but i have greatly enjoyed playing it on my switch. There are other consoles as well. Ds emulation in retroarch compared to drastic (or heck melon ds in horizon). So this is definitely not a true statement. Not picking on you. Trying to inform since you already have android setup but are not apparently aware of those differences in emulation.
 

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to be honest this is not well thought out. Let me give you an example. Saturn for instance. Saturn is poorly emulated in android retroarch. But yaba sanshiro works great. Alot of people don’t like saturn but i have greatly enjoyed playing it on my switch. There are other consoles as well. Ds emulation in retroarch compared to drastic (or heck melon ds in horizon). So this is definitely not a true statement. Not picking on you. Trying to inform since you already have android setup but are not apparently aware of those differences in emulation.
I was playing Majoras Mask in 4K in Dock mode, literally. Although I do not recommend it because the system freezes you haha.

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I was playing Majoras Mask in 4K in Dock mode, literally. Although I do not recommend it because the system freezes you haha.
The 3DS emulator with Vukan support also works, although there is a problem with 2D graphics that closes when the Zelda logo comes out. I wish I had a solution, because I noticed that it had good performance.

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They say that Android 9 from Lineage OS has better performance ...
 

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Ive been trying to make Yaba Sanshiro core working, but no matter what i do (no matter what bios i use) i cant seem to load it, ive tried to do YabaSanshiro_standalone that you need to launch from Hekate and it all works fine, but here... i only get "failed to load content"
 
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I have compiled the natinusala repo with ./libretro_update.sh -a ran so retroarch should be up to date plus I have added some extra cores. The kernel is still based upon L4T so expect the same problems.

mega nz /file/wxl1QKoA#kkn6nyNDLf-EFZ4Ov7s-d3bBAoAZRnGv6BBtZ0C6wJY

I have done a new compile, I have updated the NVidia drivers to 32.4.2, Xorg to 2020.1 and a few other package updates. Retroarch and the cores have also been updated.

mega nz/file/NollVKTK#VHH8GnFk9oqpRw95JY1IAYDo0dxQt8hvKdHHmdTjG_c
 

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is it possible to make the hori split pad pro work with this? my joycons work fine, but the hori joy cons don't even register on this
 

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I have done a new compile, I have updated the NVidia drivers to 32.4.2, Xorg to 2020.1 and a few other package updates. Retroarch and the cores have also been updated.

mega nz/file/NollVKTK#VHH8GnFk9oqpRw95JY1IAYDo0dxQt8hvKdHHmdTjG_c
cant find the link
 

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I have done a new compile, I have updated the NVidia drivers to 32.4.2, Xorg to 2020.1 and a few other package updates. Retroarch and the cores have also been updated.

mega nz/file/NollVKTK#VHH8GnFk9oqpRw95JY1IAYDo0dxQt8hvKdHHmdTjG_c

How is the performance + compatibility comparison between Ubuntu L4T and Lakka L4T ?.

In the case of Ubuntu being better, could an Ubuntu L4T Lite be made that only contains Retroarch ?.
 

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