RecalBox: the ultimate retro gaming platform

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If you are looking for a complete system to set up your own multimedia and entertainment center, then RecalBox is the definitive project you need. A system that you can install on your Raspberry Pi and have a cheap device with which to spend long hours of entertainment in your living room or private entertainment room.

If you read OS Hardware, you must know that there are many possibilities for retro gaming, from some components to assemble your home arcade machine, to many other alternatives to RecalBox itself. All for recovering those classic retro machine games from Nintendo, Atari, and more. Real jewels that don’t stop attracting gamers…

What is RecalBox?

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RecalBox is a free open source system that allows to emulate many retro consoles and computers. These platforms have many mythical video games that now you can revive thanks to this platform. Besides that, RecalBox can be differentiated from other alternative systems because it also allows working with multimedia.

Thanks to the multimedia add-on packages you can create your big mediacenter together with a retrogaming station. All in one, centrally and easily. No need to use multiple systems and start with one or another as with NOOBS.

Besides being complete, it is also constantly updated thanks to its active developer community. Therefore, you will have solutions for bugs, and constant improvements that are sure to be appreciated.

For all that, RecalBox is considered one of the best platforms for entertainment…

Download – RecalBox

RecalBox 6.0

One of the big steps forward in this project was the arrival of the RecalBox 6.0 version. This meant a big change in the development of RecalBox, and it has served as a base for the latest releases such as the stable version RecalBox 6.1.1 which is the most recent one at the time of writing this article.

RecalBox OS is basically a GNU/Linux distribution optimized for multimedia and retrogramming as I already mentioned. It was programmed to be used in Raspberry Pi at first, reaching also Odroid and x86 systems in version 4.1, and even containers.

The project of French origin reached one of its maximums in this 6.x version, where it was already capable of emulating a hundred consoles and systems through piFBA and RetroArch, as well as EmulationStation2.

It includes the powerful Kodi for multimedia, with all the advantages that this implies. It also had its graphical interface for more comfortable navigation and control, and its good work made the Raspberry Pi Foundation consider it for inclusion in NOOBS and that other developers use it as a base for a fork called Batocera.linux (2016).

Compatibility

If you are wondering about compatibility with video games, that is, which platforms can emulate to run all compatible video games, then you must know the complete list RecalBox has provided itself with:

  • Nintendo NES
  • SuperNintendo
  • Master Syestem
  • PlayStation 1
  • Genesis
  • GameBoy
  • GameBoy Advance
  • Atari 7800
  • Game Boy Color
  • Atari 2600
  • Sega SG1000
  • Nintendo 64
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega CD
  • Atari Lynx
  • NeoGeo
  • NeoGeo Pocket Color
  • Amastrad CPC
  • Sinclair ZX81
  • Atari ST
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum
  • DreamCast
  • PSP
  • Commodore 64
  • And more systems…

 

Install RecalBox on Raspberry Pi

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In order to enjoy your RecalBox without having to use your PC, you can do it cheaply with an SBC board like the Raspberry Pi. Therefore, for a few tens of euros you will be able to have the complete system to set up your entertainment and multimedia center, connecting this board to the TV in your living room…

Necessary material

What you need to buy to set up your arcade (if you don’t have one already) is the following:

 

By the way, they also sell complete kits like east of Aukru to have a box, heatsink and power adapter for your Pi…

Install RecalBox on your Raspberry Pi

Once you have all the material, the next step is to install RecalBox on your Raspberry Pi plate by following these simple steps:

  1. Download RecalBox from the official website. Make sure you select the right image for your board model. If the .img is compressed in .zip you must unzip it.
    Now use Etcher to flash the microSD and install RecalBox. You can follow these steps that I showed you in another article.
    Now, insert the microSD card into the slot of your Raspberry Pi and if you have all the wiring connected, you can turn it on to start the boot up .

It’s as simple as that!

Configure RecalBox

The configuration after the boot won’t take long. It’s pretty simple from the system settings. Also, if you have a USB controller, you can plug it in and it will start working right away if it is compatible. In case you are wireless, you should use a bluetooth dongle for your connection and wait for it to recognize you… It’s not too mysterious.

If you want to continue adjusting other details of Kodi, or of the RecalBox system itself, you are free to adapt it as you wish to your needs…

If you would like to know how to get the ROMs of your games, I have already explained something in this article.

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