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EmulationStation Desktop Edition 2.0 is out now

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EmulationStation Desktop Edition is a great front-end open source app for managing various emulators. A big 2.0 release went up recently too! What does it support? It works with the likes of various Commodore Amiga, Google Android, various Apple models, various Arcade machines, various Atari machines, various Nintendo machines and the list goes on for quite a while.

Some of what's new in the 2.0 release includes support for many new systems, a whole new modern theme engine, a rewritten rendering system using shaders, vertical screen support, improved rendering speed and performance, lots of quality of life improvements to make using it just nicer overall, lower CPU use and much more. It's a rather long changelog for the 2.0 update.

Check out the overview of what's new below:

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Linuxer Mar 21
Aww there is no snap for it or a flatpak
Cyril Mar 21
Quoting: LinuxerAww there is no snap for it or a flatpak

An AppImage is not good for you I assume?
I installed it from the AUR on my side.
Julius Mar 21
Integrates with Steam nicely as well, definitely the best UI for a Linux couch PC right now.
foobrew Mar 21
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I've just been using Lutris for the few emulators I have and it works well. EmulationStation looks like it has a bit nicer of an interface so I might give it a shot.
I discovered this retrogaming frontend recently, it corresponds exactly to what I expected from a frontend for all my emulation needs.
The scraping feature is just perfect and there are a lot of themes choice. My current preferred theme is Alekfull NX (Revisited).
I subscribed to their reddit page and last time I asked for help, they were very reactive and they gladly answer your questions.
Now I no more use Retroarch GUI at all.
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: LinuxerAww there is no snap for it or a flatpak

An AppImage is not good for you I assume?
I installed it from the AUR on my side.

It is not available on Manjaro repositories, only the old project called emulationstation (without -DE, be careful, it is not the same project, it is an old one and is no more maintained).
But if you enable aur packages in Manjaro, you can install it.


Last edited by legluondunet on 21 March 2023 at 6:36 pm UTC
Eri Mar 22
Is there a way to update from 1.2.6 without losing all my custom configurations? Like the re-routing I did for a couple of emulators or the game info from scrapping.
Linuxer Mar 22
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: LinuxerAww there is no snap for it or a flatpak

An AppImage is not good for you I assume?
I installed it from the AUR on my side.

downloaded it now but it didnt open when clicking for some reason appimages never worked forme
Linuxer Mar 22
Quoting: legluondunet
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: LinuxerAww there is no snap for it or a flatpak

An AppImage is not good for you I assume?
I installed it from the AUR on my side.

It is not available on Manjaro repositories, only the old project called emulationstation (without -DE, be careful, it is not the same project, it is an old one and is no more maintained).
But if you enable aur packages in Manjaro, you can install it.

see dat hassle again? why cant there be a simple snap or flatpak fo normal ppl
Quoting: Linuxer
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: LinuxerAww there is no snap for it or a flatpak

An AppImage is not good for you I assume?
I installed it from the AUR on my side.

downloaded it now but it didnt open when clicking for some reason appimages never worked forme

Appimage are made to greatly facilitate Linux users desktop experience, how it is possible this do not work for you? Do you use an exotic Linux Distribution with minimal libraries installed? i just tested emulationstation-de appimage and it just work (after a little chmod +x command).


Last edited by legluondunet on 22 March 2023 at 11:29 am UTC
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