It seems not — because it also makes games.
Of course, not the most modern games with high resolution and amazing graphics. Rather, the Raspberry Pi can be used as a retro gaming hub — a standalone device that can be used to run amazing games on any platform from the Apple II to the PlayStation I thanks to its emulation software.
When I first suggested this article, the idea was to find some really good Raspberry Pi emulators and show them off. Now, however, this is not necessary, since there is software for bulk installation of all emulators. Using the EmulationStation software, you can turn your Raspberry Pi into RetroPie, the most compact all-in-one game emulation solution you’ll find…
What You Need to Make a Retro Pie
The RetroPie software is basically EmulationStation and a cut down version of Raspbian (the Raspberry Pi Debian distribution). This is useful as it means you can use a graphical file editor to edit configuration files.
Go to the petRockBlog site to download the RetroPie SD card image and grab the Win32 Disk Imager to «burn» the image to your SD card as described below.
You’ll also need a few discs of your favorite retro games…
With both files downloaded, insert a blank, formatted SD card into your computer’s card reader. The RetroPie image is about 1.4 GB in size, but it is downloaded as a ZIP file, so it needs to be unzipped.
Unzip the win32diskimager-binary.zip file and after that open the destination folder to find the file win32diskimager.exe . Right click on this, selecting Run as administrator .
Now that the tool is running, choose the correct drive letter for your SD card; you may need to check Windows Explorer to confirm. Then use the option » Review», to find unzipped file RetroPieImage_verx.x.img (the «xx» part of the filename will display the current version number), and, choosing it press » Recording» . Writing the image may take some time so you should find something else to do as you are waiting.
The process for copying an image file to an SD card is slightly different on Linux and Mac OS X, but you can find some quick steps on the RPi Wiki.
Download and setup
The first time you start your RetroPie system, you will be prompted to set up the controller. Now, this isn’t the kind of calibration needed to control the various games you’ll be playing, it’s setting up a retro controller, joystick, or even keyboard to navigate the EmulationStation software.