Oct 12, 2022 2 min read

Steam Deck emulation tool RetroDeck updated

Emulating retro games on the Steam Deck with RetroDeck

Development work on the retro games launcher 'RetroDeck' is continuing at pace, with a new version 0.5.0b release introducing several changes under the hood, various user-facing improvements, and a slew of other updates.

The emulation tool is designed to be a beginner-friendly environment for users looking to play retro titles on Valve's handheld — via a single tap from the Discover app.

RetroDECK is a polished and beginner-friendly environment for playing your retro games on Steam Deck, available with just one click from the Discover app.

This retro-launcher, which is powered by EmulationStation-DE (ES-DE), offers a way to keep all your classic games in one single location, without the need to clutter up your main Steam library.

The 0.5.0b update introduces two new themes, an update to the aforementioned ES-DE (bringing it up to version 1.2.6), the ability to log into your RetroAchievements account, and support for additional emulators.

Emulation: How to play Nintendo and Sony games on the Steam Deck
One of the charms of modern gaming devices is their capabilities to emulate old gaming devices and play old games — often at a better quality than what was capable in the past. And for many — me included —the Steam Deck is the perfect device to emulate old games from the

Developer XargonWan detailed that the tool has seen the following emulator updates:

  • Updated RetroArch and all the standalone emulators
  • Added several free assets/fonts for RetroArch, PPSSPP, XEMU and BlueMSX
  • Added a new DEFAULT Emulator for the PS2: PCSX2-QT (the former PCSX2 default emulator is now called "PCSX2 (Legacy)")
  • Changed the DEFAULT Emulator for the PSX: Swanstation (Libretro) Core
  • Added a new Standalone Emulator for the PSX: Duckstation
  • Enhanced XEMU (XBOX) experience

The full changelog can be found here.

Chris Brandrick
Chris Brandrick
Curator of Switch Weekly. Loves Nintendo. Uses too many emoji. ✌️🎮💌🇪🇺
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