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    Back in 2019, it was revealed that RetroArch would be headed to Steam, bringing the emulator frontend to the platform for the first time ever. Things have been fairly quiet since then, but now we've got some new details regarding the launch of the program. There's still no projected release date, but we now have a clearer idea of how RetroArch will work on Steam. The initial program will be free, and each core that loads different emulators will be available separately, as additional free DLC. 47 cores will be available on launch, each legally secured and with permission granted from the original developer, with more to follow at a later date. Those cores are as follows:
    • bsnes
    • bsnes HD beta
    • Final Burn Neo
    • Flycast
    • Mesen
    • Mesen S
    • Nestopia
    • Play!
    • SameBoy
    • TIC-80
    • EasyRPG
    • Mupen64 Plus Next
    • Kronos
    • Theodore
    • Blastem
    • Stella
    • Snes9x
    • mGBA
    • 4DO
    • Genesis Plus GX
    • 2048
    • RACE
    • VBA-M
    • NeoCD
    • FreeIntv
    • FreeChaf
    • QuickNES
    • Picodrive
    • Game Music Emu
    • GW (Game & Watch)
    • PX68K
    • REminiscence
    • XRick
    • Desmume
    • gpSP
    • PocketCDG
    • Tyrquake
    • Vitaquake 2
    • boom3
    • EightyOne/81
    • Gearsystem
    • CrocoDS
    • Gearboy
    • Caprice32
    • Parallel N64
    • PPSSPP
    • NP2Kai
    In addition, none of the cores, nor RetroArch itself will have any DRM, including Steamworks. You'll even be able to boot it via the shortcut, without requiring Steam to be running in the background.

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  3. Reploid

    Reploid GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    Now installing it would be a bit easier. Or harder, considering your POV
     
  4. Stealphie

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    Nice.
     
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  5. gamesquest1

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    I'm kinda hoping we see developers/publishers get onboard and publish games through the retroarch steam page as paid DLC packs, think things like the namco collection, sonic collection etc, if it picks up enough support it could allow a lot more retro games to be available legitimately from developers who otherwise wouldn't have the financial inclination to have to make/licence their own emulators and in turn make things a little more organised, maybe have a small fee from each sale be split between the emulator core devs for the required console and the retroarch team to help with development

    let's face it, people will get these games regardless, so you might as well get whatever sales you can rather than stomp your feet and get nothing
     
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  6. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
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    I'm surprised Steam/Valve is allowing this, given how stingy and uppity they get when people use the e-word (emulator) :P
     
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    ut2k4master Lord Tourettes
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    anyone whos more familiar with this noticing any obvious omissions?
     
  8. jamesaa

    jamesaa The Prince of Insufficient Light
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    So what are the pros and cons of this vs traditional installation? Do we get any Steam features? (cloud saves?)
     
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  9. ShadowOne333

    ShadowOne333 GBAtemp Guru
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    Right from the get go I notice Dolphin, PrBoom, FCEUX, PCSX Rearmed and melonDS are not there.
    Also, none of the Mednafen/Beetle cores are there as well.
     
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    MythicalData GBAtemp Advanced Maniac
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    I'm not sure they can really do anything about it as long as they're careful
     
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    Hopefully there's a way to "unofficially" add them.
     
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    comput3rus3r GBAtemp Psycho!
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    Yeah I don't get the point of this when you can already have retroarch on the pc.
     
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    steam literally has porn on it, so i really think the rules have gotten lax as of late

    also it's had commercial emulators for ages now
     
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    Having your program on steam is good advertising
     
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    Congratulations @m4xw you deserve it also other devs involved.
     
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    chrisrlink Intel Pentium III Hamster inside
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    supprised not all nintendo cores are omitted i see vba-m bsnes etc i know emulators themselves are legal but being a big company attached so such a grey area program seems not too good of an idea especally if laws change etc
     
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    Well I wonder how long it will remain there given the premise of the e-word.
    But hey who knows. Still kudos for everyone involved!
     
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  18. ShadowOne333

    ShadowOne333 GBAtemp Guru
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    No gaming company in the world holds any legal threat against emulation.
    This was all settled way back in the 90's with Bleem and Sony. Sony lost, and emulation is 100% legal nowadays.

    Nintendo can go fuck off and eat crap with their stupid non-stopping legal shit.
    They can't do a single thing about emulation, and they won't.
    Only thing they can do is mitigate ROM distribution, but praise the heavens for non capitalist countries for that.
     
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    Congratulate me/us when the release is out, not before.
     
  20. slaphappygamer

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    Hopefully retroarch will get its own AppStore within then we can pay a dollar for the unmentioned cores. Or perhaps this will be an ad supported app and we get to pay a monthly fee to remove ads. I just love money and little bullshit. Also, this can now be called a “container” rather than an emulator, since it doesn’t really emulate. #verbaltrickery

    Anyhow, it’s kind of nice to see retroarch released this way. This way when a user gets steam on whatever format they can, retroarch will automagically work.
     
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    This will never happen although it would be awesome.
     
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