LaunchBox Alternatives

    LaunchBox is described as 'was originally built as an attractive frontend to DOSBox, but has since expanded to support both modern PC games and emulated console platforms' and is an app in the Gaming Software category. There are more than 25 alternatives to LaunchBox for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Raspberry Pi. The best alternative is Playnite, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LaunchBox are RetroArch (Free, Open Source), Lutris (Free, Open Source), GameHub (Free, Open Source) and Lakka (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 23, 2020

    1. Video game library manager and launcher with support for 3rd party libraries like Steam, GOG, Origin and Uplay, providing one unified interface for your games.
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      Playnite vs LaunchBox opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Playnite is a great alternative to LaunchBox.
      Eyji Does the same job for free (completely) and uses the Internet Games Datab which I find better
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Loving the program so far
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • iPad
      • OpenPandora
      • Steam
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Playstation
      • Xbox
      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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    2. Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.
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      Lutris vs LaunchBox opinions
      Most users think Lutris is a great alternative to LaunchBox.
      Launchbox is internally capable of batch imports for supported platforms. Lutris can only batch import from a few sources.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      Launchbox is primarily designed for importing libraries of retro game roms and then setting up as a frontend to launch external emulators. Lutris is primarily a community driven frontend for managing wine and proton emulation configs for modern windows games.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Lets you collect and run all your games, no matter how you are running them, from one place.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    3. Unified library for all your games. Features GameHub allows to view, download, install, run and uninstall games from supported sources. Games GameHub supports non-native games as well as native games for Linux.
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      GameHub vs LaunchBox opinions
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      It's focus is on launching native linux games. Doesn't support adding a complete no-intro romset, and it's wine/proton support is dismal
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Cubieboard
      • HummingBoard
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Nintendo Switch
      • Odroid
      Lakka is the official Linux distribution of RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem. Each game system is implemented as a libretro core, while the frontend RetroArch takes care of inputs and display.
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      Lakka vs LaunchBox opinions
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      Linux-OS not meant to be used as game library organizer.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Raspberry Pi
      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.
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    4. BizHawk is a multi-system emulator designed predominantly around the production of Tool Assisted Speedruns (TAS). BizHawk focuses on core accuracy and power user tools while still being an easy-to-use emulator for casual gaming.
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      BizHawk vs LaunchBox opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Excellent emulation in most of the systems I have run, simple/classic GUI, and it is updated regularly. It combines the ease and functionality of some of the classic standalone emulators into a multi emulator. LaunchBox is great, but for those looking for less frills, BizHawk is very good.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    5. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows Mobile
      • Windows Phone
      • Xbox
      RetriX is an emulator front end for UWP, on all the hardware platforms it supports: it serves the same purpose as RetroArch but is built from the ground up to integrate as well as possible with Windows.
    6. Simple and all in one emulation with RomStation! Features * All in one GB, GBC, GBA, NDS, NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Game Gear, Master System, MegaDrive, 32X, Mega-CD, Dreamcast, Neo-Geo, PS1, PS2 and Arcade together in one program.
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