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RetroDECK is another solution for emulation gaming on Steam Deck

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Was EmuDeck not to your liking? Perhaps RetroDECK might be what you're after for retro emulation on the Steam Deck.

Unlike EmuDeck that has you install multiple things in a list, and have them all separated, the idea of RetroDECK is more to bring a "one-click experience, and to separate retrogames from steam library" the developer says. It comes as a Flatpak to install, and from there it should have everything bundled together. Inspired by the likes of 351ELEC (what it's forked from), EmuELEC, CoreELEC, Lakka, and Batocera.

Powered by EmulationStation Desktop Edition, RetroArch and various standalone emulators it allows you to import your favourites into a tidy environment without flooding your Steam library. Available as a Flatpak you can easily download and install from GitHub, it's still early days yet but the idea is promising enough.

Right now, I couldn't personally get it to work properly and the developer said pretty clearly the current releases are intended for testing so it's one to keep an eye on perhaps. I love the idea of it having things properly integrated, far less hoops to jump through.

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rhin79 Apr 4, 2022
I'm looking forward to it, a kind of batocera/recalbox.. preconfigured all in one solution for the SD..etc in a flatpack container, I was surprised that something like that didn't already exist when I was waiting for my deck a few weeks ago.
Liam Dawe Apr 4, 2022
Had a chat with the developer, sent them some feedback, they're looking into the issues.
Pengling Apr 4, 2022
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Nice to hear that it's forked from 351ELEC - I use that on my Anbernic RG351MP (a little ARM-Linux handheld aimed at emulation and source-ports), and for me it's proven to be the best custom firmware for that hardware, with an excellent user-experience. I don't have a Steam Deck, but it's sure to absolutely fly on there!
mark348 Jul 28, 2022
Has anybody used it? I see that it's constantly updates, which is good sign.
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