Who is using Retropie?

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  1. [insert_name_here]

    [insert_name_here] Better than the best, Ooh Yeah!

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    I just installed my first Pi 3 device and am noticing some issues.

    I ported over the ROMS from my laptop and am having the same delay and response issues w/ my USB controller. Makes gameplay really frustrating. I am considering purchasing a new controller. I don’t recall having this problem before I took the controller in my luggage on my last trip.



    Framerate compared to some original games also seems different. The board as it stands gets warm, but doesn’t get hot. If I overclock the device, I am sure I will have to implement a fan or some other cooling system.



    Although, it’s a nice alternative to some of the devices like the NES, SNES mini or the AtGames offerings, I am not too impressed so far… configuration and updates seem to take forever, while porting over Gigs of ROMS took seconds. I would update, and have to reboot twice before I see results. Even configuring the controller using emulationstation wouldn’t work until I rebooted two or three times…



    Maybe I just received a faulty board?
     
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    Overclocked topless with fan and heat sink is way cooler than regular with case on with heat sink. Overclocked slightly and settings adjustments made a HUGE difference in being able to play normally certain games.
     
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    [insert_name_here] Better than the best, Ooh Yeah!

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    Yeah, I have had more hands on time w/ the device and have since changed my view… these little things are awesome!

    I am learning, once you go pi, everything else goes bye…

    I am always on this thing… if you are not manipulating software, you’re testing the limits of the hardware… again, these things are awesome!
     
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    I read the B+ with higher specs is the same chip as the B, but with better heat management for the overclocking of the old chip. This emboldened me to overclock since I have heat sink + fan.
     
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    your experience is the exact same as mine with retropie. it's cool for lower end systems but i'm not a fan of the lag out of the box and yeah you can get better performance with overclocking, but i just got a shield and called it a day. i'm sure a lower priced android solution will work for you, dead simple to config and ps4/xb1 controller support added and less controller lag.
     
  7. Snubnoze707

    Snubnoze707 High Level

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    I started going down that pie hole a year ago then said fuck it and built a real PC. They just aren't powerful enough, especially if you want to emulate more modern systems and enhance the visuals.
     
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    jefferz Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    I still use a first gen Pi as a streaming device, mainly Kodi, and it works just fine. When it comes to gaming, it will handle SNES games and some n64 games.
    They’ve massively improved Rasbian OS, but I wish they would work towards making Android a more viable option.
    When I get time, I am going to replace the first gen Pi with a 3b+ and turn the first gen into a Pi Hole.
     
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    Turtlejuice Free Wang Double Yellow Card

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    I have one but don't use it anymore. Use a GDP for retro gaming now.
     
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    Maybe Pi 4 will be out by then. What's a "Pi Hole"?
    Pi is dirt cheap, so people can be more courageous than with something more expensive.
     
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    jefferz Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Pi hole is software to turn a Pi into an ad blocker. It works kind of like a firewall, it blocks ads before they even load on your computer.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-05-10/inside-the-brotherhood-of-pi-hole-ad-blockers

    We probably won’t see a Pi 4 for awhile. The people that make the Pi have shifted more towards the software side of things.
    They’re also hitting the limitations of the cpu, they’ll need to do a redesign.
     
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    jefferz Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Which GPD do you have?
     
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    Turtlejuice Free Wang Double Yellow Card

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    The XD. Dunno if that helps.
     
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    Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    I have a custom built Bar Top Arcade machine that is using a Raspberry Pi 3 and is running Retro pie and it works great. A friend of mine built several of these and I bought one off of him . I'm techy and crafty enough to handle it myself, but imo it was worth it for me to not have to deal with it and just pay him to do it.

    Here's a picture of it. The light up marquee is a nice touch.
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    Here's another picture of a couple more he built, but the trim on the marquees weren't done yet
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    So far I have run Mame, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Atari 2600, Nes, and Snes Emulators and Roms and have not run into any issues besides downloading a mame rom that doesn't work, but the bad roms are very few and far between. I've never noticed any lag either.

    I don't plan running anything to heavy on it though just 80's and early-mid 90's stuff.
     
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    A few years ago, I put a Pi 3 into a non-functioning NES console that I found on eBay, pretty fun little project. It runs Retropie and has about 1600 games on it (NES, SNES, GBA, and PS1). I use an old PS3 controller and haven't had any lag or response issues.

    Haven't tried playing around with overclocking it, but I don't think it really needs it for what I'm doing. I put it a small fan and heat sink, mostly because they were super cheap, but they probably aren't really needed for my setup.

    Too bad the Pi can't reliably run N64 games (or at least not without a crap-ton of tweaking/optimizing).
     
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    Slightly overclocked can play PSP pretty smoothly, I've seen. Needs tinkering with the settings though. One wrong setting can mean the difference between can and cannot.

    Topless with fan is way cooler than with case top on and no fan. For this reason, I don't bother with gimmicky cases.
     
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    Hyperglide Enrolled at Synth-a-holics Anonymous

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  18. Steve-French

    Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    This what I'm running in my arcade machine and it works great. If you want to play anything too 3D'ish you're going to need to over clock it. (A process that I'm unfamiliar with)The only Arcade games I've had trouble with have been the Tekken games as they run kind of choppy. Shit like NEO GEO, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter (1,2, and 3, SF Capcom, etc..) work fine though.

    Like I said if you want to just stick to all things Pre-N64 and Playstation you will be just fine running it out of the box. I'm not running a fan with mine either as I just have it mounted inside of a big ass cabinet in no case and it works just fine.

    Some of my favorites to rock have been...

    Kageki
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    MK II
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    WWF Wrestlefest
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    Super Punch Out!!!
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    Kung FU
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    Street Fighter 2
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    Hyperglide Enrolled at Synth-a-holics Anonymous

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    I will run GBA, GB, Genesis, Super NES, NES, PSX and N64 ROMs/ISOs. I know N64 emulation accuracy is something to be desired with all those crazy chipsets. Maybe I should get a case with a fan then? The heat sinks seem decent enough.

    The processor and RAM seem more then adequate for PSX and N64 era games over the base 3. Are you running the 3 or 3 B+ Steve? At least from what I saw in that vid he was running Kazooie fine.

    Thanks for your reply.
     
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    Steve-French What A Rush!!!

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    I think I'm just running the 3. Like I said my friend built it, but I only recall him paying like 60 U.S. dollars for it. I've put some hours into setting up the emulators and skins. The mapping and such can be a little tricky some times, but nothing you won't be able to handle. I haven't tried PSX or 64 yet because I'm running it through a cabinet that has the 2 player 6 button set up. I can run a controller via USB into the back if I want, but I've been happy with what I've got so far. One thing I would advise though is to run a wireless keyboard through one of the USB ports. Especially if you ever plan on running mame.
     
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