1.2.3 / 05-05-2022






EmulationStation Desktop Edition is an open source frontend application for browsing and launching games from your multi-platform game collection. It comes preconfigured for use with RetroArch and a number of other emulators. It's also fully customizable so you can expand it to launch other emulators or applications. It has several features such as minimal setup, full controller support, very customizable, Built-in scraper for downloading game info and game media, fully themeable and much more...

Most Recent Changes


Added Snes9x standalone as an alternative emulator for the sfc, snes and snesna systems
* Added Atari800 standalone as an alternative emulator for the atari800 system
* Added BlastEm standalone as an alternative emulator for the megadrive and genesis systems on Unix
* Added MAME standalone as an alternative emulator for the arcade and mame systems on macOS
* Added the SAME CDi and CDi 2015 RetroArch cores for the cdimono1 system
* Added the PUAE 2021 RetroArch core to the amiga, amiga600, amiga1200 and amigacd32 systems
* Replaced the RetroArch core 4DO with Opera for the 3do system

## Known issues

* On Windows when using high DPI displays, if not running ES-DE on the primary monitor and the display where it runs does not have the same scaling percentage as the primary monitor, then the ES-DE resolution will not be properly set. The application will still work and if running in fullscreen mode it may not even be noticeable. This issue is probably caused by a bug in SDL where the primary display scaling is always used for calculating the display bounds. If using the same scaling percentage across all monitors, or if not using high DPI monitors at all, then this issue is not relevant.

* On Windows installing DS4Windows will break controller input in ES-DE for unknown reasons. Uninstalling this software should resolve the issue. On Windows 11 both DualShock 4 (PS4) and DualSense (PS5) controllers have been tested wired and via Bluetooth and both work fine in both ES-DE and RetroArch without any special drivers or configuration.

* On Windows ampersands (&) can't be used in filenames executed by cmd.exe (applicable for the desktop, epic, kodi, ports and steam systems).

* There could be problems with Chinese characters under some circumstances which may cause them to not get rendered properly in the gamelist view. This will hopefully be resolved with the 2.0 release.

* On macOS, the RetroArch setting "Start in Fullscreen mode" must be enabled or ES-DE will not be able to switch to the emulator window when a game is launched. Possibly it's the same issue with other emulators as well.

* On Raspberry Pi OS 10, Sony DualShock 4 controllers have problems with some button presses that don't register correctly. The issue appears resolved in Raspberry Pi OS 11.

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