Sun. Jan 19th, 2020

Lakka 2.3 releases: Linux distribution for gaming consoles

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Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full-blown emulation console.


  • Powerful – Built on top of the famous RetroArch emulator, Lakka is able to emulate a large range of hardware and has some useful features such as Braid-like rewinding, joypad hotplug and video streaming.
  • User-friendly – Lakka is easy to setup and use. Once installed to your SD card, you just have to put your rom on the card, plug your joypad and enjoy your favorite old games.
  • Low cost – The hardware required to run Lakka cost only $35. We also support PS3 and XBox360 controllers so you don’t have to buy new ones. The power can be supplied by any micro USB adapter like the one of your smartphone.
  • Open source – Our code is free as in freedom and hosted on Github. We accept external contributions, and we do our best to integrate our own patches into upstream projects.

After some months of development finally came the 2.3 official release, which has made significant improvements in the UI, emulator kernel, and supported hardware. The main update:

  • RetroArch 1.7.8 (full RetroArch changelog can be found here)
    • Playlist-based thumbnail downloader, on-demand thumbnail downloads
    • AI Project (Real-time games translation)
    • Disc Project
    • XMB Improvements
    • Improved onscreen notifications
    • Shader Usability Changes
    • Added an easter egg
  • New platforms and accessories
    • New platform: Raspberry Pi 4
    • New Raspberry Pi accessory: GPICase
    • New Raspberry Pi accessory: Game HAT
      • The Game HAT driver can be enabled manually from any existing Raspberry Pi Lakka installation by following the instructions here
    • New platform: ROCKPro64
    • New plaform: Vulkan-only Nvidia computers
      • This variant of the Generic platform only supports Vulkan on computers with Nvidia-powered GPUs. While it runs some cores better (such as Dolphin), it also has a lot of incompatibles, removed cores
      • You can find a link to the Vulkan-only Nvidia image on the 64-bit Generic download page of the website
      • Thanks to Albert Malina for the port!
  • New cores (please note that not all cores are available on all platforms)
    • Play!
      • This new PS2 emulator is very experimental and doesn’t run all games, don’t expect it to run properly on your Lakka box yet
      • You can find a list of all playable games on the Play-Compatibility repository here
    • Final Burn Neo
      • Here are the DAT files used in the Final Burn Neo version used in Lakka 2.3
    • OpenLara
      • The core has been added to all platforms
    • Mupen64Plus-Next
    • Bsnes HD
    • Flycast
    • Yaba Sanshiro
    • Kronos
    • mame2010
    • TIC-80
    • Theodore
    • mesen-s
    • Gearsystem
    • Daphne
  • Cores changes
    • Reicast is now Flycast
    • Final Burn Alpha is now Final Burn Neo
    • stella is now stella2014
  • Miscellaneous
    • PPSSPP assets are now included in the system
      • Please reset your RetroArch config for this change to take effect
    • New glcore video driver with slang shaders support
    • Menu rendering is now framerate independent – animations are now smoother on 120FPS configurations
  • Bug fixes
    • Shutting down no longer hangs the system
    • Overlay directory in storage partition now works properly