Retroarch is an interface for emulators, game engines and media players based on the libretro API. Allows you to run classic games using a variety of emulators on a wide range of computers and consoles through a single graphical interface (in our case, on a computer via Steam).
I was primarily interested in Retroarch as a replacement for the ePSXe emulator that I used before (when I played PSone games). In the case of RetroArch, the installation and configuration process is reduced to connecting the required emulator kernel, that is, emulator = kernel.
1. Setting the menu language: Settings -> User -> Language -> Russian;
2. Setting menu theme: Settings -> User interface -> Menu -> xmb;
3. Setting the menu design: Settings -> User interface -> Appearance -> Menu color theme, Menu shader, Background image (customize to your taste).
First of all, for the PSone emulator to work correctly, you will need to separately find and download the BIOS (s) for the set-top box. Fortunately, BIOS (s) are freely available and finding them will not pose any problems (for the PSone emulator I downloaded “scph5501.bin”). You can place the BIOS, for example, in the .. \ RetroArch \ downloads directory, after making sure that this directory is specified in Settings -> Directories -> System files / BIOS.
BIOS link: https: // www emu-land net / consoles / psx / bios /? Act = showonly & id = 16421 (replace spaces with a period).
At the next step, you will need to configure the controls (if you are using an XBOX or PS gamepad, you can skip this step, although I highly recommend setting a hot key combination to call the emulator menu during the game: Settings -> Input -> Hot keys -> Key combination for call the menu -> “Hold Select (2 seconds)” – the choice in my case).
So, if you play with the keyboard / mouse, then go to: Settings -> Input -> Port control 1. Pay attention to the Turbo buttons and Hot keys menu items, since some of the specified keys can also be used there, which will lead to undesirable consequences when used while playing.
This completes the basic setup of the emulator. As you can see, unlike the ePSXe emulator, the setting in RetroArch is as simple as possible, which is a definite plus for it. So, before starting the game, you need to load the emulator kernel: Main menu -> Load kernel, to start the game: Main menu -> Load content and specify the path to the folder with games.
For the library of games, you can make a quick launch menu (playlists) with the display of covers and screenshots of games. This is done very simply (using my settings for PSone games as an example):
1. put the images of the games in the directory: .. \ RetroArch \ games (one of the requirements is that the images of the games should not be in iso format);
2. in the emulator itself, specify this directory as the “default directory”: Settings -> Directories -> File browser -> path to the \ games directory (then <Use this directory>);
3. find images of games in RetroArch’e: Import content -> Manual scan.
– Content directory -> <Scan this directory>
– System name -> Sony – PlayStation
– Default kernel -> Sony – PlayStation (PCSX ReARMed)
Then select Start Scan. If everything is OK, then a new section of the Sony – PlayStation menu should appear with a list of all games in the specified directory.
4. add covers to games and screenshots: Settings -> User interface -> Appearance -> Sketch (Box art) and Thumbnail on the left (Screenshot). Next, you need to create directories .. \ RetroArch \ thumbnails \ Sony – PlayStation \ Named_Boxarts and .. \ RetroArch \ thumbnails \ Sony – PlayStation \ Named_Snaps, and put game covers in PNG format in them. Please note that the name of the PNG files must match either the name of the game images or the specified name of the games in RetroArch (if you renamed them). PS among shaders my favorite: crt-geom.glslp
A shader is connected from the game -> Emulator menu -> Main menu -> Quick menu -> Shaders -> Graphics shaders (ON) -> Load -> \ shaders_glsl \ crt \ crt-geom.glslp If you like this or that shader you can save it both for an individual game and globally for the selected emulator (Save -> Save preset for the game or Save preset for the core).
In this guide, I tried to summarize as briefly as possible the main stages of setting up and preparing RetroArch for launching games for the PlayStation One. The guide is compiled on the basis of proven instructions and recommendations taken from open sources, including from YouTube. If you find a mistake in the description or you have something to add, welcome to the comments!
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