RetroPie Now Offers Raspberry Pi 4 Support For Faster Game Emulation


One of the most popular uses for the Raspberry Pi is to play retro games via emulation. This is made relatively easy thanks to RetroPie, a custom Raspbian-based software package designed specifically for retro gaming. The release of the more powerful Raspberry Pi 4 in June of last year made it an even more attractive proposition, and finally, RetroPie supports the latest mini PC hardware.

The developers of RetroPie have announced the release of version 4.6, as spotted by Extreme technology, and with that come some changes.

“For RetroPie 4.6, we switched to Raspbian Buster as the basis for our pre-built Raspberry Pi images. Raspbian Stretch is no longer supported by Raspberry Pi Trading Ltd. We will continue to support Stretch for some time, but will probably stop updating binaries for this later this year, “said RetroPie. The big takeaway from this change is support for the Raspberry Pi 4.

RetroPie is playing the conservative game by calling this beta support. It wasn’t added on a whim, however. RetroPie says he’s been fine-tuning support for a while now and wanted to “wait until we’re happy” with the result before releasing a new image. That day has arrived.

The The Raspberry Pi Foundation weighed in Further, saying that even though version 4.6 carries a beta designation, it “performs extremely well on our new model”, the Raspberry Pi 4.

RetroPie supports a bunch of emulators and most of them are supposed to “work fine now”. The complete list includes emulators for decades-old consoles like the Atari 2600, as well as MUPEN64Plus for N64 games, ScummVM (in case you want to revisit some classic adventure games) and Vectrex, a console released in the early 1980s .

When it comes to the Raspberry Pi 4, the biggest upgrade over previous models is the processor. It uses a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which consists of four 1.5 GHz, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 processor cores. Buyers can also choose from 1 GB, 2 GB or even 4 GB of RAM.

Other features include Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, full-speed gigabit Ethernet, four USB ports (2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0), support for two 4K monitors and a storage card microSD.

Head to The RetroPie website to download the latest version.


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