September 23, 2020

Lakka 2.3.2 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 2.3.2 official release, which has made significant improvements in the UI, emulator kernel, and supported hardware. The main update:

  • contains RetroArch 1.8.4 (was 1.7.2), some new cores and a handful of core updates.
  • Core updates

    As usual, everything in the libretro ecosystem has been updated to the very last version: cores, databases, overlays, joypad autoconfigs…

    New core: quicknes

    This very lightweight Nintendo Entertainment System was only enabled for some platforms on Lakka. It is now enabled for all of them.

    New cores: vitaquake2 and vitaquake3

    Only available for the Generic platform for now, those two cores are open source reimplementations of the Quake II and III engines respectively. Originally written for the PlayStation Vita by Rinnegatamante, both homebrews are now available for everyone as libretro cores.

    New core: NeoCD

    The latest core to be added in this Lakka update is NeoCD-Libretro, an improved version of the NeoCD Neo Geo CD emulator. This new version of NeoCD is more accurate and performs better than the previous standalone emulator, even on low end hardware like a Raspberry Pi.

    Goodbye dosbox, hello dosbox-svn

    And finally, the old dosbox core retires with Lakka 2.3.2. The newer dosbox-svn core was added some time ago, and it’s time for it to be used as a default and for the old one to be removed.

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