Emulation within Retroid OS
There are no changeable settings for emulators within RetroidOS, and currently there is no way to add new emulation cores. Switch to the Android OS for custom options.
RetroidOS supports the following systems out of the box, with the listed emulator cores for Retroarch:
|Arcade||Final Burn Alpha (2.97.08, 2.97.42, 42_ORI, 42_HOME)
MAME (0.37, 0.78, 0.106, 0.139, 139_RA)
|Master System||Genesis Plus|
|GameBoy/GameBoy Color||TGB Dual|
|PC Engine||Beetle PCE|
|WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color||Beetle Cygne|
|Mega Drive/Genesis/CD/32X||Genesis Plus|
|PlayStation||PCSX (labelled as PSCX)|
|Nintendo 64||Mupen64 Plus|
Emulation within Android OS
The Android OS on the RP2 comes pre-installed with standalone Emulator apps and RetroArch (1.8.4), a single application with the ability to emulate many systems cores.
Also included is a single RetroArch (1.5.0) app, exclusively for the best performing GBA (gpSP) Core.
It is generally not recommended to update emulators, as the Retroid developers chose these builds because they run well on the device. This can be done however if you choose to, as emulators and RetroArch cores get improvements all the time.
Emulation is generally prioritised as a RetroArch core first, then a stand alone Emulator second. RetroArch offers internal options across multiple systems, including Online Leaderboards, image filters, and save file paths to allow you to save to a Google Drive or Dropbox for cross-console play.
For help setting up and using RetroArch on the RP2, see A Brief Guide to Retroarch.
The only emulator that does not come standard is DraStic (which is recommended) for Nintendo DS emulation; it can be purchased from the Google Play Store.
Listed below is a table of standalone emulators & RetroArch Cores for best performance. Systems listed as A are Recommended (usually installed as default) and optimal for the Retroid Pocket 2, although harder to emulate systems may still show issues.
The performance ratings are:
- A: Recommended. Plays with few to no glitches.
- B: Playable. Plays with minor glitches.
- C: OK. Plays some games at full speed, others with issues.
- D: Unplayable. Technically runs games, but with major issues.
- E: Does not run.
|System||Emulator/Core||Is It Pre-Installed?||Performance||Is It Standalone?||Cost||Notes|
|3DO Company, The - 3DO||Opera/4DO||Yes||D||RetroArch||Free||BIOS files needed to run.|
|Arcade (Capcom CPS-1)||Final Burn Alpha 2012 CPS-1||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free|
|Arcade (Capcom CPS-2)||Final Burn Alpha 2012 CPS-2||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free|
|Arcade (MAME 0.37)||MAME 2000||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free||MAME 2000 is equivalent to MAME 0.37.|
|Arcade (MAME 0.78)||MAME 2003||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free||MAME 2003 is equivalent to MAME 0.78.|
|Arcade (MAME 0.139)||MAME 2010||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free||MAME 2010 is equivalent to MAME 0.139.|
|Arcade (MAME 0.139)||MAME4droid(0.139u1)||Yes||A||Standalone||Free||Requires MAME 0.139 compatible ROM set.|
|Arcade (MAME 0.159)||MAME 2015||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free||MAME 2015 is equivalent to MAME 0.159.|
|Arcade (Neo Geo AES)||Final Burn Alpha 2012 Neo Geo||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Arcade (Sega Naomi)||Flycast||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free|
|Atari - 2600||Stella||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||https://docs.libretro.com/library/stella/|
|Atari - 5200||Atari800||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||Core Settings must be switched to "Atari 5200", and the resolution mudt be set to 336x240.|
|Atari - Lynx||Handy||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Bandai - WonderSwan/Color||Beetle Cygne||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Coleco - ColecoVision||blueMSX||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Commodore - Amiga||P-UAE||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||Needs BIOS files and a working Amiga Hard Disk File (HDF).|
|Commodore - Amiga||UAE4ARM||No||?||Standalone||Free|
|Commodore - C64||AnVICE x64||No||B||Standalone||Free||Based on VICE v3.0. "Official" Android port of VICE, but no longer supported. Interface is designed around touchscreen and external keyboard, making it difficult to use on the RP2. The RP2 will run the "armeabi-v7a" binary.|
|Commodore - C64||C64.emu||No||B||Standalone||Paid||Based on VICE v3.1.|
|Commodore - C64||VICE x64, fast||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||Based on VICE v3.3. Switch sound emulation to "Fast SID" at 44.1kHz to get full-speed emulation. Some disk games may not load with True Drive Emulation activated.|
|The Elder Scrolls IV: Morrowind||OMW (aka "OpenMicroWave")||No||?||Standalone||Free||Requires the files from a PC installation of the original game.|
|GCE - Vectrex||vecx||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Microsoft - MS-DOS||DOSBox - SVN||Yes||A||RetroArch||Free||It is possible to install Windows 3.1 on the emulated machine. It may also be possible to install Windows 95.|
|Microsoft - MS-DOS||Magic DOSBox||No||?||Standalone||Trial||It is possible to install Windows 3.1 on the emulated machine. It may also be possible to install Windows 95.|
|Microsoft - MSX||fMSX||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Microsoft - MSX||blueMSX||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free|
|NEC - PC Engine / CD||Beetle PCE FAST||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|NeoGeo||NeoDroid||Yes||A||Standalone||Free||Compatible with MAME ROMs. Put the neogeo.zip BIOS file in your ROMs directory “/sdcard/neodroid/roms”.|
|NeoGeo Pocket Color||RACE||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Nintendo - 3DS||-||-||E||-||-||Not powerful enough.|
|Nintendo - DS||DraStic||No||A||Standalone||Paid||The only DS option. To set controller mappings, go to Settings -> External Controller and choose Select Key Mapping, then choose PlayStation 3. Use home button to enter mouse mode when needed. You can set right stick as stylus. See here for a list of confirmed playable games, including known patches. taki udon reviews|
|Nintendo - Gameboy / Color||Gambatte||Yes||A||Retroarch||Free|
|Nintendo - GameBoy/GameBoy Color||My OldBoy!||Yes||B||RetroArch||Free/Paid||Has Link Cable emulation for local/remote multiplayer.|
|Nintendo - GameBoy Advance||gpSP||Yes||A||RetroArch 1.5.0 Only||Free||Runs under the older RetroArch app (v 1.5.0, with a blue GBA icon). Newer GBA cores running in newer versions of RetroArch do not perform well.|
|Nintendo - GameBoy Advance||MyBoy!||No||B||Standalone||Free/Paid||Runs better than gpSP and has link cable/network play if you buy the paid version.|
|Nintendo - GameCube||-||-||E||-||-||Not powerful enough.|
|Nintendo - Nintendo 64||Mupen64Plus FZ||Yes||A||Standalone||Donation||Do not update! Use recommended rendering profile per game for optimal performance. Here are the settings/render profiles if you lose them, copy these to internal storage. The most recent version in the Play Store will not work on the RP2. This is the latest working version. These are games reviewed by Taki Udon.|
|Nintendo - Nintendo 64||N64oid||Yes||B||Standalone||Free||N64oid does not recognize the right joystick at all.|
|Nintendo - NES / Famicom||FCEUmm||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Nintendo - SFC Satellaview||Snesx 2005 Plus||Yes||A||RetrorAch Core||Free||Minor issues.|
|Nintendo - SNES / SFC||Snes9x 2002||Yes||B||RetroArch Core||Free||Has netplay for multiplayer.|
|Nintendo - SNES / SFC||Snes9x 2010||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Nintendo - Wii||-||-||E||-||-||Not powerful enough.|
|Nintendo - Virtual Boy||Beetle VB||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Pokémon Mini||Pokemini||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|ScummVM||ScummVM||Yes||A||Standalone||Free||Has a known bug that shows no directories on launch. Fix is to search for a game and place a “/“ in the search box and select “Choose”. This will bring up the directory listing.|
|Sega - 32X||PicoDrive||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Dreamcast||Flycast 1.8.4||Yes||C||RetroArch Core||Free||Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. Here are more configs and game demos.|
|Sega - Dreamcast||Flycast 1.9.0||No||A-C||RetroArch Core||Free||The 1.9.0 update to the core provides better performance on par with standalone. Better that its inside RetroArch. Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. More configs game demos|
|Sega - Dreamcast||Flycast||No||C||Stand-alone||Free||You may need to use Reicast to configure Flycast and configure the Bios. See DC Configuration Tips at the bottom of this page. Taki Udon reviews are listed here. (Flycast is not included on beta batch units).|
|Sega - Dreamcast||ReDream||No||E||Standalone||Donation||The RP2 is not powerful enough to run ReDream.|
|Sega - Dreamcast||Reicast||Yes||C||Standalone||Free||The back end for Flycast (beta units only have Reicast installed). Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.|
|Sega - Game Gear||Gearsystem||Yes||B||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Game Gear||Genesis Plus GX||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Master System||Gearsystem||Yes||B||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Master System||Genesis Plus GX||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Master System||PicoDrive||Yes||B||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Mega Drive / Genesis (plus CD)||Genesis Plus GX||Yes||A||RetrorArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Mega Drive / Genesis (plus CD)||PicoDrive||Yes||B||RetrorArch Core||Free|
|Sega - Saturn||-||-||E||-||-||Not powerful enough.|
|Sega - SG-1000||blueMSX||Yes||?||RetroArch||Free|
|Sega - SG-1000||Gearsystem||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sharp X68000||PX68K||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||Needs BIOS file to run.|
|Sinclair - ZX Spectrum||Fuse||Yes||A||RetrorAch||Free||Needs Keyboard Control.|
|SNK - Neo Geo AES||Neodroid||Yes||?||Standalone||Free||Compatible with MAME ROMs. Put neogeo.zip bios file in your roms directory “/sdcard/neodroid/roms”.|
|SNK - Neo Geo CD||NeoCD||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|SNK - Neo Geo Pocket / Color||RACE||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|Sony - PlayStation||PCSX ReARMed||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. https://docs.libretro.com/library/pcsx_rearmed/
Also, if your games are in CHD format, be sure to set the 'CD Access Method' to 'Synchronous'.
|Sony - PlayStation||ePSXe||No||B||Stand-alone||Trial||Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.|
|Sony - PlayStation||FPse64||No||B||Standalone||?||Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.|
|Sony - PlayStation 2||-||-||E||-||-||Not powerful enough.|
|Sony - PlayStation Portable||PPSSPP||Yes||A-C||Standalone||Donation||Use the recommended profile settings per game for optimal performance. Generally struggles with more demanding 3D games, such as the God of War series. Taki Udon reviews are listed here.|
|Spectravideo - SVI||blueMSX||Yes||A||RetroArch||Free|
|TurboGrafx 16/PCE||Beetle PCE FAST||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free|
|TurboGrafx 16 CD/PCE CD||Beetle PCE FAST||Yes||A||RetroArch Core||Free||BIOS files needed to run.|
|Various (PC Adventures)||ScummVM||Yes||?||Standalone||Free||Shows no directories on launch. Fix is to search for a game and place a “/“ in the search box and select “Choose”. This will bring up the directory listing.|
N64 Emulation Tips (new)
With over 300 games tested with the universal profile provided by Expertwooden, Retroid Pocket 2 is now able to play most of the N64 games smoothly without further configurations. You can find the video tutorial here or follow the steps below: https://youtu.be/nF8Mb9WIF5Q
- In the main menu (outside a game) select 'profile' → 'select profiles' → 'manage profiles'
- Select the profile named 'GlideN64-Fast' and click copy
- Rename it to whatever, like 'Universal Profile'
- Find and disable the 'Enable noise emulation' and 'Enable LOD emulation' options.
- Go back to the main menu and select 'profile' → 'Select profiles'
- Find your newly created profile and select it.
You will need a specific Mupen64 FZ version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-4x2B4s-WACd74_HIVvCyQmteuiLIguS/view
N64 Core Tips (old)
You can use N64 in your RP2 with RetroArch (so you can use RetroAchievements, for instance). Not every game runs perfect, and many need further tweaking, but overall you should be pleasantly surprised.
This only works with Mupen64Next or NextGLES2 (GLES3 and Parallel simply crash).
Paste the contents of Mupen64Plus-Next.opt to:
- <internal storage>/Android/data/com.retroarch/files/retroarch-core-option.cfg
Or paste the full OPT file here:
- <internal storage>/retroarch/configs/Mupen64Plus-Next/
- Use only glide64 for video (angrylion is slow, parallel simply fails).
- All Mupen Cores share the same configs.
Dreamcast Configuration Tips
This only applies to beta batch units (Pink, Blue, and Orange). Later units do not include Reicast, and include Flycast pre-installed by itself.
Configuration for the pre-installed Flycast Standalone app is done through the pre-installed Reicast app. Flycast will have better performance than Reicast.
Open Reicast and click on the DC BIOS and format Memory Card 1. For controller settings, set the ports of all to "None", and the port for Android PlayStation to A. Click Map, and map the buttons to their appropriate locations - you may not need to map all buttons. Click Done, then Done again. You may now close Reicast.
Launch Flycast, which shares a config with Reicast, and load and play your game.
If there are issues with the controller, you may need to modify the .cfg file in Flycast. To do this, go into the directory path for Flycast and find the folder named mappings. Inside, there should be a file named Android_Playstation3.cfg. Open the file, scroll to the bottom, and erase the line for deadzone value. This should not be needed if Reicast 20.02b or newer is installed, or if you have used the .cfg file.
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