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RetroArch finally released on Steam!

Today, RetroArch has finally been released on Steam for both Windows and Linux/SteamOS. The Store page can be found here.

Differences between the Steam version and regular version

Functionally, RetroArch on Steam should be identical to the version you can get on our website, except for the following:

Instead, you can download and install cores in either one of two ways:

10 Cores Available At Launch

We have decided to launch with 10 cores at launch. These cores are available both for Linux/SteamOS and Windows users. A ‘core’ is a program that RetroArch loads. It can be an emulator, game, or any other program. RetroArch loads this ‘core’, and from there RetroArch becomes the program.

The cores currently available as DLC on Steam are as follows:

First, you install RetroArch on Steam. After that, you can install the cores either on Steam’s browser page by clicking ‘Manage DLC’ and easily installing them all at once, or you can go to each respective page and install it from there.

More cores will be coming as DLC soon. We have no ETA on when these will arrive, but it will likely be a dripfeed of new cores on a periodic basis as it takes a lot of time preparing the pages, descriptions, logos, previews and whatnot that a Steam page requires.

Things to know

Lastly, we hope that new users can be understanding of the fact that RetroArch’s UI might have a bit of an initial learning curve. We are a small team, and we definitely intend to simplify the UI at least for beginners in the coming months, but we are simply not ready yet. So we hope people are understanding of this and appreciate the swiss knife flexibility and power of RetroArch in the meantime instead of focusing on the overall complexities or whatnot of the UI/UX.

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