You have installed RetroPie on your Raspberry Pi and have tried out some classic games. But something is wrong — it’s not the way you remember. Perhaps the game is slow or jerky; perhaps the controller is not working quite the way you expect.
The truth is that installing RetroPie is easy, you can do even more to get the most authentic retro gaming experience. Use these five tips to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi’s retro gaming package.
No Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming System Is Perfect
If you are looking for a way to run retro games on your Raspberry Pi, you have several options.
However, if you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, perhaps the retro games suite will suit you better.
Some of them are available:
- PiPlay (formerly known as PiMAME)
- Pi Entertainment System (PES)
You can use each of them to control the emulation of several retro platforms, from the classic Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation. Our take on everything you need to know about retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi explains more.
While the following tips are primarily for use with RetroPie, they should also work for alternatives.
1. Are you using the correct Raspberry Pi model?
The first item to check is if your Raspberry Pi is up to the task.
In particular, consider these two points:
- Can the emulator work reliably on your Raspberry Pi?
- Is the platform you’re trying to emulate a Pi capability?
For example, the original Raspberry Pi can easily emulate MAME and other 16-bit platforms. The same goes for 8-bit systems. But it can’t emulate later devices, limiting the games you might want to visit.
The takeaway is that you shouldn’t expect too much from the Raspberry Pi when it comes to emulation. Stay within your computer’s hardware limit: Currently, emulators for platforms are released before the year 2000.
Make sure your Raspberry Pi computer is set up to emulate the games you want to play.
2. Use the right emulator