EmulationStation

    A graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard!

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi
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      I've been around the emulation world for a good two decades, and probably tried just about every emulator frontend at one point. A few years ago, one type became particularly popular: fullscreen multi-emulator frontends, heavy on graphics and animations, themed to reflect different emulated systems depending on which game list is being browsed, often even playing video previews and music taken from the currently selected games. The push to popularity was thanks to the spread of HTPCs (home theater PCs), and other low-cost computers such as the Raspberry Pi, which users connected to their TV sets for various entertainment uses. **GameEx** and **Hyperspin** are the most widely known. However, in my personal opinion but by a large margin, I've never seen any of the alternatives reach the level of quality design and aesthetics that **EmulationStation** comes with right out of the box. Other frontends often go way too far into sensory overload, screens are too busy and irritating, and they could do with some serious improvement in the typography department. If you want to impress with, and be impressed by, a visually appealing multi-emulator system, **EmulationStation** is the way to go. It's true that configuration is a bit of tedious manual work. The configuration interfaces of other frontends are completely missing at this point. Systems, emulators and game paths first need to be set up by editing a few configuration text files. It's largely painless, though. Modifying a handful of lines per system is usually enough, and the documentation is good. Complete computer newbies will have some trouble, but everyone who knows their way around a text editor and maybe has even edited an INI file before, should be fine. Everything else is very simple in comparison. Setting up a controller happens right in the interface, most everything from there on out is done through pretty and simple menus. Scrapers allow you to download game metadata, descriptions and cover artwork from online databases. Availability of add-on themes is lower than for other frontends due to fewer people using it at this point, and there are some small but bothersome bugs. Unfortunately, it seems that work on the software has stopped. The last version was released over two years ago, and no pull requests have been handled since. Thankfully, it's open-source, so work continues on various forks. The ones I found seem to focus on either the Pi or Linux platforms. However, if you look for a bit, you can find that people are successfully running, and sometimes offering Windows builds of, one of the most active Pi-focussed forks around, **RetroPie**. [Here is one such](https://github.com/jrassa/EmulationStation/releases).
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      11 months ago