Different Ways to Play Retro Games at Home
Introduction to Retro Gaming
We thought it would be a good idea to tell you different ways to play retro games at home. Retro gaming seems to be getting more popular these days. This is probably because we now have the technology to emulate retro games cheaply, and easily.
Why Play Retro Games?
Retro gaming provides us with a break from the hyper realistic, which can be very refreshing. One of the main reasons people love retro gaming is that it brings back good memories of their childhood. It was great fun playing multiplayer games with friends. These days friends cannot play multiplayer within the same room. They are forced to play on their own consoles at home via the internet, which can be very unsociable.
Many retro game emulators also allow ROM hacks. This means you can play games that have been edited or modified, which can be great fun.
Problems with Modern Gaming
Although modern games can also be fun. People can get fed up with games which rely on internet connectively, and constant updates. Some modern games developers don’t seem worried if a game is not completely bug free, as they know they can still sell it anyway, with the mentality of “we’ll patch it later”. Developers of most retro games only had one shot to get it right. The games they did get right have paved the way for games we see today.
Modern games typically require more time to complete than retro games. Some people do not want to dedicate that much time to gaming.
Different Ways to Play Retro Games at Home
We will now look at the different way to play retro games at home.
Play Retro Games Via Launch Box
What is Launch Box
Launch Box is a Windows PC application that is able to emulate a variety of games consoles. It is able to display a stunning menu for your games collections, this includes box art and then calls upon the relevant emulator to run them. You can even control each of your games using a variety of controllers, including Xbox and PS4 controllers. If you are planning to use Launch Box for an arcade style cabinet, then we recommend you purchase Big Box for a small price. Big Box allow you to control the whole interface using a controller, eliminating the need for a keyboard and mouse when you in the software.
Play Retro Games Via Raspberry Pi
What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is basically a very small computer. In its cheapest form it does not come with a case, and is an electronic circuit board which is roughly the size of a credit card. They are very cheap to buy, considering what they are capable of. Raspberry Pi can be used for many things such as a retro games console, router, media center, or even a budget desktop.
How to Setup Raspberry Pi for Retro Gaming?
- Raspberry Pi is usually supplied as a circuit board, and a power supply. You will need to buy a keyboard, mouse, high speed micro SD card and HDMI TV (or monitor) so that you can use it. The best micro SD card to use would be something like SanDisk Extreme PLUS 64GB microSDXC.
- Ideally you should insert your raspberry pi board into a case. You can buy cases designed especially for it, or you could create one yourself.
- Once you have attached all the necessary cables plugged in. And the board is electrical safe and secure within a box, you can now turn it on. The best way to get started is to download something called the NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) installer. Once download is complete, click here to follow installations instructions for to set up a Raspberry Pi Operating System (OS). We recommend you download one called OS Raspbian.
- You will now need to install RetroPie, which is an application that can turn your Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming machine.
your gaming youth with one of these mini computers. One of the easiest and most comprehensive is via the RetroPie software, which lets you emulate everything from a PlayStation to a Game Boy. You can even pack it all into a tiny 3D printed case. We’re especially fond of this one that looks like a SNES that we used in our guide for building your own RetroPie system.
Some of the Consoles Raspberry Pi Emulates
- Playstation 1
Play Retro Games via Steam
What is Steam Link?
Steam Link is a platform for gamers. It is roughly the size of a card deck. It plugs into your PC network and TV, and allow you to stream games from your PC to TV. It is able to steam in 1080p at 60hz. The platform also allows you to use controllers for your games. Basically you purchase games using your Steam account. Retro games can be purchased for a very cheap price. Please note, if you are thinking of getting steam link, it must be connected to the Internet via wire, rather than wireless.
The steam link box has the following:
- HDMI Out
- 100mbs Ethernet
- 3 USB2.0 ports
- Power input
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wireless AC
- Can work with a variety of inputs such as a keyboard and mouse. It even accepts xbox and playstation controllers if set up correctly.
Where to Begin with Steam
- Download software called RetroArch. This is an emulator that works on multiple platforms. RetroArch is kind of an emulator manager, it allows you to have multiple emulators all under one interface.
- You will also need to download software called Ice, to create the bridge between RetroArch and the Steam Platform. Once RetroArch and Ice are configured, the Steam Link is then used to launch emulators and play retro games directly from Steam in Big Picture Mode with a seamless integration.