There are many alternatives to EmulationStation for Linux and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to EmulationStation and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to EmulationStation are Lakka (Free, Open Source), Mame (Free, Open Source), Retropie (Free, Open Source) and Recalbox (Free, Open Source).
What is RetroArch? RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. It has features lacking in some emulators frontends, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading. What systems does it play?
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RetroArch vs EmulationStation opinions
Some users think RetroArch is a great alternative to EmulationStation, some don't.
RetroArch allows you to emulate directly using "cores" included with the program and downloadable from their website. EmulationStation does not do emulation, and only acts as a front-end for other emulators installed on the system.
Negative comment • over 3 years ago
OKTAYMERCAN RetroArch is core (emulator) but emulationStation is like a interface or GUI.
MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer.
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Some users think Mame is a great alternative to EmulationStation, some don't.
RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favourite classic games with the minimum set-up.
Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.
batocera.linux is an operating system (like Windows 10 and Mac OS) specialized in retrogaming available for your pc and different nano computers like the Raspberry and the Odroids. Note that you must own games you play in order to respect legality.
A front-end or user interface (UI) is the presentation and interaction layer of an app or website. Most modern emulator apps have basic game list UIs that you can interact with using a mouse/keyboard but not a game controller.