Today is a big day for the emulation scene, as RetroArch have officially announced a big new release. While it's used for other things, RetroArch is most noted for making emulation a bit easier.
Something big that finally made it in is support for real CD-ROM functionality. They say it's far from finished and is very much drive and OS-dependent, with Linux currently being more "fleshed out of the two platforms so far". This feature currently supports these cores: Genesis Plus GX, Mednafen/Beetle PSX, Mednafen/Beetle Saturn, Mednafen/Beetle PCE/Fast and 4DO.
Another of the big new features, is the ability to get dialogue in various games translated into your native language. Offering both text to speech and to actually replace the in-game text with your language. There's some setup required which you can find here, with a demo video below:
There's plenty of other enhancements that made it into this release too!
It might be minor but one of my favourite features is the ESC key no longer making RetroArch instantly close. The amount of times I've done that by accident I've truly lost count on. You now need to do it twice to quit, although this can be tweaked in the settings.
There's also: some improvements to how they handle the resizing of the menu when in windowed mode and you adjust the size, the Quick Menu won't appear until a core is actually running, the Load Core option is hidden when one is already running to help with stability issues, playtime logging is enabled by default, multiple usability changes for shaders, both Libretro and RetroArch have enhanced core options enabling sublabels which can be translated and so on.
You can see their quick feature round-up video below:
Fantastic work by all involved, great to see such amazing progress in so many different and exciting areas.