Because of issues with the Google Play Store in August, the RetroArch team decided to release a Play Store version and a non-Play Store version.
Due to restrictions with older Android OSes you have only 50 cores with the non-Plus Play Store version.
If you want a RetroArch without any of the limits, you can still download it from the website/buildbot - that one has the Core Downloader.
The Google Play Store version has the following plus and minuses:
Why only 50 cores? Unfortunately, if we don’t want to cut off support for Android OS versions lower than 8.0, we have to limit it to this number.
- – There is no more Core Downloader – in accordance with Google Play Store’s new policies, this had to be removed.
- + Instead, you will be able to select from 50 hand-curated libretro cores from within the application.
- + The Play Store version will be updated twice a week, possibly more if users request it. Both the cores and RetroArch itself will be updated in the process. You will no longer have to wait for months on end for a new version – instead, new versions will be pushed to the Play Store automatically.