Software Lakka 2.3 released, features Raspberry Pi 4 support and RetroArch 1.7.8

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    Lakka has received an update, bringing version 2.3 to those who have been waiting for a new release after a year-long hiatus. Version 2.3 adds some major upgrades to the Linux-based RetroArch program, such as new platform support, core updates, and the latest version of RetroArch, 1.7.8. Lakka 2.3 notably offers support for the Raspberry Pi 4, allowing users to install the latest version via NOOBS. Onscreen notifications have also gotten a revamp, adding more visual flair, letting you see earned achievements, screenshots that are being saved, your current framerate, and more. There are a multitude of changes made to Lakka 2.3, with the full feature-filled changelog listed below. If you're curious about the changes made in RetroArch 1.7.8, you can get yourself up to date by reading the update thread here.

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  1. raxadian

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  2. Voyambar

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    Well I guess that year-long hiatus was worth it
     
  3. nWo

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    So... I have been using Retroarch happily for a couple years now... Never tried this one... Is it better? Is there any shenanigans to use it? I`m used to Retroarch so, if somebody could please tell me the pro / cons of switching to this one. Thanks.
     
  4. Josshy0125

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    Does play! Work at all on the switch yet? Literally zero games run. Waiting for dat sweet, sweeet Budokai 3 action..
    In slooooowmooootion
     
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    Great :grog:
     
  6. Silent_Gunner

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    You know, I'd think Lakka would be the most no-nonsense method of playing games on a RPi4. Sure, it isn't RetroPie with the EmulationStation frontend, but it's a system that boots straight to RetroArch!

    Still waiting for a comparison of the ODroid XU4 vs. the RPi4, though!
     
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    Now let's be patient and wait for those features to be carried over to the switch version.
     
  8. aerios169

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    Uhmm i want to see gc games :)
     
  9. Silent_Gunner

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    The main beef I have with the Switch version is that anything involving wireless and a USB-C connection is nonfunctional atm. I don't need wi-fi for Lakka, everything is local on my setup. Also, sleep mode support would be nice, though that's not an issue exclusive to the Switch's implementation of Lakka on anything not using Horizon.

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    Don't count on much running on the RPi4, if anything at all!
     
  10. Chary
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    Well, things run on it, just not for very long, because it overheats fast as heck ;O;
     
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    If there's one guy who might be able to cool it fast enough, it'd be JayZTwoCents! ;)



    Even if one did this, though, and it managed to not overheat to the TJ max of the RPi4's CPU, how fast does GC run on the RPi4, anyways, with or without OC'ing? I know there was some video of someone trying New Super Mario Bros. Wii and it running slow, but that's a Wii game running on the Wii hardware which is essentially a GC with more RAM and higher clock (to put it simply), on a game that I doubt needs the Wii hardware to be played at the resolution it's at unless there's something I'm not considering?
     
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    I was just about to buy one yesterday but chose against it because there hasn't been a whole lot of optimization for emulation and heating problems. I have the 3 and 3B+... is it even worth the upgrade?
     
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    In the long run? Yes. Right now? No.

    Since the Pi 4 uses a whole new SoC, including a new GPU for the first time finally, most emulators are not very well optimized for the new hardware. Even this release, which officially adds support, doesn't necessarily take full advantage of the new GPU yet and its better API support. EDIT: But, after more work and more optimization is done to support the new SoC, the Pi 4 should absolutely blow the Pi 3 out of the water in terms of emulation and such, which if that's what you're using it for, will be a huge plus. Heating will be a new problem, sure, but there are plenty of little cases with fans that do more than enough cooling for even high workloads. (I bought a cheapo $9 one for my Pi 4, it keeps the SoC temps below 50c at high load with a 2ghz OC and 700mhz OC on GPU)


    To those asking about GC, theoretically it should be possible to run most "lightweight" GC (and even Wii) games at full speed just fine (like Animal Crossing or Luigi's Mansion), the new CPU cores are actually just a tiny bit less powerful than the main cores used in the Tegra X1 (which are the ones actually used by the OS for performance based apps), so with proper optimization you could definitely get playable GC stuff out of it. Just don't expect any enhancements, and it'll probably have to use some nasty speedhacks to get around some stuff.
     
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  14. SuperDan

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    I forgot
    Lakka is a very lightweight Linux distro that's designed purely to run Retroarch only, and is generally used for SBCs like the Raspberry Pi as an OS for retro gaming.
     
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    Oh OK i see ... thanks for filling me in ...
     
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  17. Voyambar

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    You can buy it and write your own review. Its not limited to staff it just wont be GBAtemp official :)
     
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    I decided to buy one today just for when it is fully optimized and such! Excited for that day! c:
    I love how small and awesome they are. c:
     
  19. IncredulousP

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    Have they fixed the various controller issues?
     
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