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Get started with video game emulation on Android: apps, ROMs, and everything else you'll need

Chances are, you're finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands these days, and increasingly looking for new ways to keep yourself entertained. That could spell starting some new projects, catching up on your reading list, or spending some quality time with a video game or two. And while there are plenty of hot new games landing all the time for Android and Stadia alike, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to ignore the utter mountain of classic games just waiting to be checked out right on your phone thanks to the magic of emulation.

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Multi-Emulator RetroArch Adds A New Menu UI, Directory Scanning, Input Remapping, And More In Version 1.2

The classic game emulation scene for Android is really blowing up. Not only do we have more single-use emulators than ever, more powerful hardware is opening up the sixth generation of home consoles like the Dreamcast and Gamecube. Today one of the more notable all-in-one emulators is getting a huge update on the Play Store: RetroArch. The multi-platform, multi-console emulator has updated its entire user interface system and added a few under-the-hood changes as well.

This video is from the Linux version of RetroArch, but it shows the new menu system in action.

The most striking addition is the user interface, with a cross-style main menu reminiscent of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

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[New App] Classic, Open Source, Multi-Console Game Emulator 'RetroArch' Makes Its Way To Android

If you're into classic games – everything from arcade throwbacks to more modern Playstation titles – then you may have a handful of game emulators installed on your various devices. Now, thanks to an open source, multi-console emulator called RetroArch that just made its way to Android after six months in the making, you can do away with the collection of emulators and get all your old school gaming action in one place.

Some of you may actually already be familiar with RetroArch, as it's available on basically every platform in existence, including:

  • Linux
  • Windows
  • OSX
  • PS3
  • Xbox 1
  • Xbox 360
  • GameCube
  • Wii
  • Raspberry Pi
  • OpenPandora
  • and, finally, Android.
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