The Apple TV is coming for the Raspberry Pi’s retro emulation field crown

The RetroArch app installed in tvOS.

Enlarge / The RetroArch app put in in tvOS. (credit score: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple’s preliminary pitch for the tvOS and the Apple TV because it presently exists was centered round apps. Now not a mere streaming field, the Apple TV would even be a vacation spot for general-purpose software program and video games, piggybacking off of the iPhone’s vibrant app and recreation library.

That by no means actually panned out, and the Apple TV continues to be principally a field for streaming TV exhibits and flicks. However the identical App Retailer rule change that just lately allowed Delta, PPSSPP, and different retro console emulators onto the iPhone and iPad may additionally make the Apple TV enchantment to individuals who need a small, environment friendly, no-fuss console emulator for his or her TVs.

To date, few of the emulators which have made it to the iPhone have been ported to the Apple TV. However earlier this week, the streaming field obtained an official port of RetroArch, the sprawling assortment of emulators that runs on every thing from the PlayStation Transportable to the Raspberry Pi. RetroArch may very well be sideloaded onto iOS and tvOS earlier than this, however solely utilizing awkward workarounds that took much more work and know-how than downloading an app from the App Retailer.

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