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EmuDeck 2.0 makes emulation on Steam Deck easier than ever

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The Steam Deck is a fantastic system for indies, AA, AAA and everything in between but it's also great for emulation too. EmuDeck is software that can help automate the entire process of setting emulators up, and a huge new release is out now.

Featuring support for Atari, Genesis/Mega Drive , Sega CD, Sega 32X, PC Engine, NES, Super Nntendo , MAME, FinalBurn Neo, Master System, Game Boy, Neo Geo Pocket, Game Gear, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Sony PSP, Dreamcast, Playstation, Nintendo 64, Wii, GameCube, Wii U, Switch and more there's a lot to love about it!

Highlights of the 2.0 release include:

  • Brand new format, now EmuDeck has a GUI to make it even easier to use.
  • Quick settings, no need to reinstall to apply customizations.
  • Backup your saves to the cloud.
  • New Emulators: Vita3K, ScummVM and DooM.
  • Performance improvements for all emulators.
  • Completely revamped Controllers and Hotkeys.

Since this was my first time diving into it properly, I decided to do a quick video highlighting it:

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brokkr Oct 18, 2022
QuoteEmuDeck is software that can help automate the entire process of setting emulators up...

I recently finally wrapped my head around RetroArch to get C64 emulation on the Deck. Is EmuDeck similar to RetroArch in that it's more of an interface and configuration tool to emulators than emulation software itself? And is there overlap with RetroArch or do they cover completely different targets?
TheSHEEEP Oct 18, 2022
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Quoting: brokkrIs EmuDeck similar to RetroArch in that it's more of an interface and configuration tool to emulators than emulation software itself? And is there overlap with RetroArch or do they cover completely different targets?
EmuDeck is basically "just" a bunch of scripts with a bit of UI to set up EmulationStation (which internally uses RetroArch and other emulators when "launching" a game) for you.
So it's not an either/or thing.

It does all the annoying setup of config files, etc. according to your wishes in a very easy to use manner.
VERY useful and saves hours of time.

I do wonder what exactly they changed about the hotkeys, because I was perfectly happy with the ones in version 1.X.


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brokkr Oct 18, 2022
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: brokkrIs EmuDeck similar to RetroArch in that it's more of an interface and configuration tool to emulators than emulation software itself? And is there overlap with RetroArch or do they cover completely different targets?
EmuDeck is basically "just" a bunch of scripts with a bit of UI to set up EmulationStation (which internally uses RetroArch and other emulators when "launching" a game) for you. So it's not an either/or thing.

It does all the annoying setup of config files, etc. according to your wishes in a very easy to use manner.
VERY useful and saves hours of time.

On the one hand, I did find RetroArch tedious to figure out, on the other hand... that's a jenga tower of layers (ED > ES > RA > emulator) that seems to beg for something to go wrong, no?
mega Oct 18, 2022
I don't think I like running scripts that download other scripts that modify as much as EmuDeck does and doesn't even include an uninstaller. There has to be some other way to do this other than to let a script I know nothing about run amok on my Deck.
CyborgZeta Oct 18, 2022
How does it back up saves to the cloud?
Liam Dawe Oct 18, 2022
Quoting: nobody_importantas EmuDeck does and doesn't even include an uninstaller
It does include an uninstall option right in the app. 2:43 in the video when in the tools menu you can see it.
TiZ Oct 18, 2022
Quoting: nobody_importantI don't think I like running scripts that download other scripts that modify as much as EmuDeck does and doesn't even include an uninstaller. There has to be some other way to do this other than to let a script I know nothing about run amok on my Deck.
It's understandable to be uncomfortable about that. RetroDeck should be a viable alternative, entirely self-contained and available from Flathub.
Mohandevir Oct 18, 2022
Just updated my installation. It offered me to install my roms on my SD Card. Did just that and moved my original Emulation folder to the one it created on my SD Card. Started the Emudeck ROM manager and Boom! Everything was as I left it (saved games and all). 17Gb freed on my nvme!
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Quoting: brokkr
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: brokkrIs EmuDeck similar to RetroArch in that it's more of an interface and configuration tool to emulators than emulation software itself? And is there overlap with RetroArch or do they cover completely different targets?
EmuDeck is basically "just" a bunch of scripts with a bit of UI to set up EmulationStation (which internally uses RetroArch and other emulators when "launching" a game) for you. So it's not an either/or thing.

It does all the annoying setup of config files, etc. according to your wishes in a very easy to use manner.
VERY useful and saves hours of time.

On the one hand, I did find RetroArch tedious to figure out, on the other hand... that's a jenga tower of layers (ED > ES > RA > emulator) that seems to beg for something to go wrong, no?
Theoretically, sure.

But there's no harm in trying it. In the worst case, its setup won't work and you'll have to do the EmulationStation setup yourself (and at least the emulators will be installed already).
In the normal case, you'll save hours of annoying work.

It's also not that unusual. RetroPie is even more of a layer tower and I don't think people have many issues with it.
Purple Library Guy Oct 18, 2022
So if this thing is for Emus, does it have a point-and-peck interface?
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