You have a Raspberry Pi. You probably entertained the idea of ​​using it for retro games. But what if we told you that you don’t have to stop there — that you can play a huge selection of games past and present using your Raspberry Pi?

You probably don’t believe us, but it’s completely true. With the exception of a few modern console games, you can play almost any video game on your Raspberry Pi. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

6 Ways to Play Video Games on Raspberry Pi

Incredibly, you have six game options on your Raspberry Pi. You are not limited to Linux games or games designed for x86 systems (like standard PCs). If you do everything right, you can enjoy a huge library of games on your Raspberry Pi:

  1. Retro games with RetroPie, RecalBox and Lakka
  2. Play Raspberry Pi-exclusive games
  3. Install classic games directly on your Raspberry Pi
  4. Play classic PC games with DOSBox
  5. Play PC games on Raspberry Pi with Exagear and Wine
  6. Stream modern PC games on Raspberry Pi with Parsec

Each of these six options will give your Raspberry Pi a great gaming experience. Let’s look at each one in turn.

1. Retro Games with RetroPie, RecalBox and Lakka

You probably already know about the possibilities of retro gaming with the Raspberry Pi. This is one of the most popular uses for a small computer! While separate emulators can be installed for each platform, it is recommended that you use one of the retro game suites that include support for all emulators, including MAME for arcade emulation.

While they can be installed as full disk images, some are also available as applications to run on Raspbian (or your preferred Raspberry Pi operating system). In general, there are several retro gaming systems for the Raspberry Pi. worth checking out.

Once installed, you will be able to copy your favorite retro game discs to your Raspberry Pi. In the video above, I demonstrate how to run Dreamcast games on Raspberry Pi 3. Note that as Raspberry Pi computers become more complex, more platforms are being added as emulators.

Be sure to only use ROMs for which you have a physical copy to avoid accusations of copyright theft.

2. Play Exclusive Raspberry Pi Games

Several games that have been developed to run on the Raspberry Pi are also available. You probably already know about Minecraft PE, which comes with Raspbian pre-installed (or even set up a Raspberry Pi as a Minecraft server).

Most of the games developed specifically for the Raspberry Pi are written in Python. You can find a large selection of Python games at pygame.org. In the meantime, you’ll find games that run on the Raspberry Pi using the Add/Remove Programs tool.

3. Install classic games directly on your Raspberry Pi

Over the past few years, an impressive collection of classic games have been re-released as open source, allowing them to be ported to other platforms. Often this means Linux, but usually only with x86 support. Luckily, it can also mean ARM which means Raspberry Pi compatible.

Titles such as Doom, Quake III and even Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast have been ported to the Raspberry Pi. All you have to do is download, install and start playing! Our guide to running Doom on Raspberry Pi will give you a good idea of ​​how simple it is.

4. Play classic PC games with DOSBox

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Another option for playing classic games on the Raspberry Pi is with DOSBox. This is an emulator for Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating system, which predates Windows (but was bundled with Windows 95 and 98). Almost all classic PC games can be installed in DOSBox and the software can run on Raspberry Pi.

So you can expect to revisit (or discover!) classics like the F117A Stealth Fighter, the original Sim City and Civilization games, and more. It is estimated that over 2,000 titles have been released for MS-DOS, so you’ll have plenty of fun!

Note: you’ll find that most of these older PC games require a keyboard and mouse rather than a modern game controller.

5. Play PC games on Pi with Exagear and Wine

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Incredibly, you can even run some Windows games on your Raspberry Pi thanks to Wine. While the popular application-level Windows software for Linux is not designed to run on ARM systems, Exagear’s software makes it possible.

The result is an ever-growing collection of Windows PC games that will run on your Raspberry Pi with just a few tweaks. True, these aren’t the latest games, but given that many older Windows games won’t run on modern versions of the operating system, running them on a Raspberry Pi seems like a good alternative instead.

Need help? Check out our guide to installing Windows software on Raspberry Pi using Exagear.

6. Transfer modern PC games to Pi with Parsec

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Lastly, and most amazingly, you can stream games from Windows PC, MacOS and Linux to Raspberry Pi. While it will require a powerful PC running in the background to run the game, that changes everything.

You’ll need a reliable network and a Raspberry Pi 3 or later, but with Parsec installed on your PC and Raspbian, it’s very easy to transfer everything that’s running on your computer to your Raspberry Pi. We’re not talking about retro games anymore.

The latest versions, if they run on your PC, can stream to your Pi. This makes the Raspberry Pi an alternative to Steam Link. Our guide to using Parsec with Raspberry Pi shows you how to do it.

Raspberry Pi: An amazingly versatile gaming device!

Amazing, isn’t it? The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly versatile machine capable of not only allowing you to play your favorite retro games, but also modern games thanks to its streaming technology.

What’s more, you can keep your existing retro game emulators at the same time as Exagear or Parsec. In short, each of the six options listed here can be configured on a single Raspberry Pi 3 or later. Considering the price of the Raspberry Pi, this certainly makes it the most amazing gaming PC to date!

All this makes it an ideal gaming device, ideal for installation in a gaming cabinet. !

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