RetroArch 1.7.4 has just been released! Grab it here.

This latest version has also been uploaded to the Google Play Store. This is the 32bit version. We also have a brand new 64bit version for users with 64bit capable devices. You can grab that one here. More on that version later!

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64bit version of RetroArch Android

We have just uploaded a 64bit version of RetroArch for Android on the Google Play Store. You should be able to get it either from Google Play, or you can get it from our Download page, available here.

This 64bit version is intended for users with 64bit capable Android devices. Shield ATV would be one of those examples but there are doubtless many others. You can install the 32bit version and 64bit version at the same time on your device. Let us run down the list of what you need to know:

  • Certain cores are going to be exclusive to 64bit. Dolphin is one of those examples, since it lacks a 32bit dynarec entirely and Team Dolphin has no intention of supporting these devices. So for certain cores, 64bit will be the only place to go.
  • Some cores are actually significantly faster with 64bit. Beetle PSX for instance is significantly faster with the 64bit version vs. the 32bit version.
  • Some cores that only have a 32bit dynarec and/or were specifically optimized might be significantly faster on 32bit instead. Dosbox SVN is one of those examples, as is PCSX ReARMed and Picodrive. To help avoid confusion, we are going to be documenting this on our Libretro Docs site. It’s not there yet but it will be in the upcoming days/weeks.

Discord integration

RetroArch 1.7.4 now has extended Discord RPC integration! Previously before 1.7.4, RetroArch would act as any other game in Discord: as a simple “Playing” status that said you had RetroArch open. It wasn’t very descriptive or helpful other than displaying the name “RetroArch”. With the 1.7.4 update, RetroArch will display more information beyond a simple “Playing” status!

Read the blog article below for a more detailed indepth article on this feature:

Desktop UI massively improved

NOTE: The Desktop UI is currently only available for Linux and Windows. macOS support might arrive at a later date.

Where to even begin? Let’s just have the videos do the talking –

Grid view with Thumbnails

You can now choose between List and Grid View. Grid View will show thumbnails of all your games, provided you have them installed. You can always install thumbnail packs separately by going to Online Updater and selecting Thumbnail Updater.

Create new playlists easily by drag and drop!

RetroArch 1.7.4 will make creating new playlists from scratch easy as pie! No longer will you be forced to manually select a directory and scan for games; you can now create a new playlist, and then manually drag and drop the roms you want to have in that playlist over to them, and the WIMP UI will do the manual work for you!

(Windows only for now) In-app RetroArch update!

From version 1.7.4 on, it will now be possible to update RetroArch to the latest nightly versions!

Live shader editing with the desktop UI!

Starting as of RetroArch 1.7.4, it is now possible to use the desktop UI to setup your shaders! You are able to add a shader preset and stack additional passes to your shader stack! You are also able to remove any shader passes you please, change shader parameters on the fly, and even reset shader parameters to their default values by pressing the right mouse button on a shader parameter and selecting ‘Reset Parameter’.

Download all thumbnails for a playlist with Desktop UI!

Previously, it was only possible to download complete thumbnail packs per system/game category. The most obvious complaint about this for many people was that they only needed thumbnails for specific games they actually have in their collection.

Now with RetroArch 1.7.4, from inside the Desktop UI you can right click any content from any playlist, select ‘Download thumbnails’, and it will try to fetch the thumbnails for this content from the Github thumbnail repositories.

You can now rightclick on a playlist, select ‘Download All Thumbnails’ – This Playlist, and it will attempt fetching all the thumbnails for a given playlist! You can also cancel this operation at any time by either pressing the Cancel button on the dialog box, or pressing the ‘X’ icon.

Core options in desktop UI!

When you have a core loaded, you can now change the core options inside the Desktop UI!

NOTE: If you leave the core option dialog window open and you happen to unload a core then launch a new core with game, you will have to close the dialog and then reopen it again. It won’t reload itself automatically. This might get looked at in a later version.

Sync To Exact Content Frame Rate – Ideal for G-Sync/FreeSync users!

Blog post written by Tatsuya79

RetroArch 1.7.4 has a new feature that will be especially advantageous to users of variable sync display technologies, such as G-Sync/FreeSync. We call it “Sync to Exact Content Framerate”.

Read the blog article below for a more detailed indepth article on this feature:

Cheat code searching/creation interface with rumble features

Read the blog article below for a more detailed indepth article on this feature:

General changelog

– ANDROID: Add sustained performance mode, can be turned on/off in Power Management settings menu.
– ANDROID: Powerstate/battery level support.
– CHEEVOS: Fix crash when scrolling Achievement List while Unofficial Achievements enabled (#6732).
– CHEEVOS: Added hitcounts support for PauseIf/ResetIf (#6817).
– COMMON: Automatically hide “Configuration Override options” in Quick Menu.
– COMMON: Small Bugfix to not trigger savestate code when pressing Reset.
– COMMON: Added libsixel video driver.
– EMSCRIPTEN: Fix Game Focus Toggle.
– HID/OSX: Fix to set hid device registration deterministic (#6497), to address issue #6640 re-adding dynamic device registration.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Italian translation.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Japanese translation.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Polish translation.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Portuguese / Brazilian translation.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Russian translation.
– LOCALIZATION: Update Spanish translation.
– MIDI: Add MIDI support to the libretro API. Dosbox is the first proof of concept core implementing libretro MIDI.
– MIDI: Add a Windows driver for MIDI, based on winmm.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Qt QSlider styling for Dark Theme.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Remove button ghostly inside highlighting.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Initial grid view.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Drag&drop to add new playlist items, add option to add/edit/delete playlists.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Add menu option to update RetroArch (Windows only for now).
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Add menu option to manage shaders.
– MENU/QT/WIMP: Add menu option to manage core options.
– MENU/XMB: Add new icons for the settings
– MENU/XMB: Add an option to show the desktop ui
– METAL: Initial work-in-progress video driver for Metal. macOS-only right now, and currently requires macOS 10.13.
– METAL: Supports XMB/MaterialUI, has a menu display driver. Has a font rendering driver.
– METAL/SLANG: Slang shaders should be compatible with Metal video driver.
– NETWORK: Enable SSL/TLS support by default for desktop platforms.
– QNX: Fix Game Focus Toggle.
– PS3: Add audio mixer support for FLAC and MP3.
– PSP: Use proper button labels, fix inverted R-Stick Y axis.
– REMAPS: Fix the way offsets are calculated for keyboard remapping.
– RUNAHEAD: Fix full-screen mode change breaking Secondary Core’s environment variables.
– RUNAHEAD: Deterministic input for RunAhead, guaranteed to match the last polled.
– VITA: Use proper button labels, fix inverted R-Stick Y axis.
– VITA: Add imc0: mount.
– VITA: Use sceCtrlIsMultiControllerSupported to detect.
– VULKAN: Fix two validation errors.
– VULKAN: Try to avoid creating swapchains redundantly. Should fix black screen and having to alt tab out of window again to get display working on Nvidia GPUs (Windows).
– VULKAN/OSX: Initial MoltenVK support. Not enabled yet, several MoltenVK bugs should be fixed first before we can have it fully working.
– WINDOWS/DINPUT: Add rumble support.
– WINDOWS/DINPUT: Fix Game Focus Toggle.
– WINDOWS/RAWINPUT: Fix Game Focus Toggle.
– X11: Fix Game Focus Toggle.
– WII: Change deflicker setting to work in 480p or higher, and always enables vfilter so that the user can easily change brightness.
– WIIU: Fix out-of-bounds rendering bug
– WIIU: Implement UDP broadcast network logging on Wii U.
– WIIU: Audio should no longer clip.