Most authentic emulator retro gaming setup?
from to on 14 Feb 2024 13:59

I don’t have a lot of space for consoles and cartridges, or money for consoles and cartridges but I do have a decent computer hooked up to a TV. What’s the best way to get an authentic experience via emulation? Here’s what I have so far:

Retroarch Settings


Thing I need to work on:

Any advice/pointers? My goal is to eventually have a “pick up and play” setup possibly with different 8bitdo/retrobit controllers for each system.


threaded - newest on 14 Feb 2024 14:24 next collapse

If you’re looking for authenticity then I’d recommend picking up a MiSTer. on 14 Feb 2024 15:00 next collapse

With the addition of the recent Groovy MiSTer core, this is probably the best bet if you want to play on a CRT screen since you’ll also get access to games / systems not available on the MiSTer.

For those not in the know: Groovy MiSTer allows one to route the video and sound from an emulator on a regular PC through the MiSTer hooked up to a CRT. It is essentially replacing the need to use an old and modified GPU for analog video output. on 15 Feb 2024 14:42 collapse

MiSTer looks like crap though on a flat panel TV… I don’t have space for a big CRT. on 15 Feb 2024 14:53 collapse

It looks fine if you use the digital output rather than analog.

If the purity of the analog signal is important, you can run it through a retrotink or OSSC. Although that’s another expensive addition to the setup. on 14 Feb 2024 14:37 next collapse

A jailbroken Playstation 3 on 14 Feb 2024 14:40 next collapse

I don’t know if it’s the “most authentic” experience, but for a “pick up and play” setup, you might want to look into Emudeck ( It was originally made for Steam Deck, but has a desktop version now and it pretty much automagically handles setting up all your emulators. Plus, it integrates with Steam. Russ with Retro Game Corps has a installation guide on it: on 14 Feb 2024 15:09 next collapse

If you can read french basically has everything you’ll ever want. You can even play with friends online. on 14 Feb 2024 15:37 next collapse

I found an SNES mini with nearly every system and a complete collection of ROMS (up to and including a few PS1 and N64) on eBay. It was like $200+ but, I just plug it in and it works, which is worth it for me.

They are still out there and I can tell you who I got it from if you’d like. on 14 Feb 2024 23:39 next collapse

Get some decent CRT shaders and spend some time calibrating your display and setting them up correctly - it makes a massive difference IMO. Personally, I’m a big fan of the “Megatron Death To Pixels” shaders, check out this video on how to set it up properly.

My goal is to eventually have a “pick up and play” setup

For that, I’d highly recommend switching to a gaming/emulation-oriented Linux distro, such as Bazzite with Emudeck, ChimeraOS, Batocera, Lakka etc. I personally prefer Bazzite due to it’s Steam-first approach and excellent compatibility with various controllers and proprietary drivers (nVidia), but Lakka might be better if you’ve got an Intel iGPU or an AMD card, and want to stick purely to retro gaming - it’s the official distro for RetroArch afterall, so it’s very polished in that regard, and very lightweight. on 14 Feb 2024 23:39 next collapse

Here is an alternative Piped link(s):

this video

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I’m open-source; check me out at GitHub. on 15 Feb 2024 14:44 next collapse

Megatron Death To Pixels

Thanks I’ll check that out!

Also I’m currently running Big Box as my windows “shell” because I wanted to be able to do Steam Games as well. I’ve been curious about all the Linux distors, is there one you’d recommend? on 15 Feb 2024 21:09 collapse

Ah, if you’re interested in Steam games as well then look no further than Bazzite - it’s got all the optimisations that Valve put into SteamOS + more (like more recent kernel and drivers). But before you switch though, you might want to check whether your Steam games are compatible using this website: on 04 Mar 2024 07:58 collapse

Very good infos here, thank you! on 04 Mar 2024 08:01 collapse

An arcade sick for arcade games? on 04 Mar 2024 18:57 collapse

I haven’t dove too much into the world of Arcade games but would love to do this. I have also been trying to think of a way to do virtual “quarters”, possibly donating to charity or something, because infinite quarters takes a lot of the fun out of the games.