When the Raspberry Pi 4 first came out, everyone was excited to see how the Retropie will perform on a new much faster device with much more RAM. However, back then, Retropie didn’t support the Raspberry Pi 4 for quite some time and users began to install RetroPie manually which really wasn’t the best solution.
For those who do not know about Retropie,
- RetroPie builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and other projects which allow you to turn your Raspberry Pi not only to a retro-gaming station, but also as an awesome one-stop entertainment system.
- The Retropie not only act as an EmulationStation where you can launch and play your games, it also features KODI which is a personal media center which means you now, not only have games, but you have access to movies, songs and many more!
- In addition, the RetroPie has a variety of user-created themes for EmulationStation and also supports over 50 Retro gaming systems for the Raspberry Pi like the Atari Lynx, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, MAME, Nintendo 64 (N64), PlayStation 2 and 43 more!
With the release of Retropie 4.6, the Raspberry Pi and retro gaming community can now celebrate as the developers of RetroPie who announced the release of version 4.6 has said that Retropie now offers official support for the Raspberry Pi 4. It came with additional changes as well.
Currently, the Raspberry Pi 4 image support is in beta as there are still some things to improve on, but most packages run well on the Raspberry Pi 4.
With the support of Raspberry Pi 4, Retropie 4.6 came with additional changes as well.
For RetroPie 4.6 we have moved to Raspbian Buster as a base for our pre-built Raspberry Pi images. Raspbian Stretch is no longer supported by Raspberry Pi Trading Ltd. We will continue to support Stretch for a while longer, but will likely stop updating binaries for it later this year.Retropie Development team
Other changes include updates to a bunch of emulators to the latest versions from the Commodore Amiga, ScummVM to the Atari 2600. EmulationStation has seen some changes and updates as well. Updates include scraper fixes for the TheGameDBNet., grid view improvements, bugfixes, and theming improvements.
You can also install RetroPie on top of an existing Raspbian Buster set up, or on top of Ubuntu on a PC/Odroid-C1/C2/XU3/XU4. Links to the relevant instructions can be found in the Download area.
If you have any difficulties with the software, visit the RetroPie forum to find help, support, and a community of like-minded gamers.
To view a full list of changes since Retropie 4.5, you can check out Retropie release notes.
Want to try something else other with your Raspberry Pi 4? With the Raspberry Pi 4, there is alot you can do other than a retro games console.
Check out our blog on the Top 20 Raspberry Pi 4 Projects That You Must Try Now to find out what you can do! Projects include building your own NAS server to filming your own stop motion film!