1. Turning on the console
To turn on the console, plug in the controller, USB-drive with downloaded games inside, connect monitor or TV-set to console with HDMI cable, plug in power supply, and connect power supply to electric outlet.
2. Launch and exit games
After turning the console on, you’ll switch to the main screen, where you can see all available systems and the list of games you have installed. By default, Gamepie comes with a number of free games. To start one of them (for example, NES-compatible one), select the type of emulated console by double-clicking the Right button on D-pad. Then click B-button (Default button 3) to go to the game list. Press B again to launch the game. To exit the game, press hotkey + start (R2 + button 3 by default)
3. Turning off the console
To turn off the console, go to main menu by clicking the Start button on main screen, and then select “QUIT” — “SHUTDOWN SYSTEM”. Then, when the system is completely shut down, remove power supply from the outlet.
4. Setting up the controller
The controllers included with the console are already configured and ready to work.
Default button configuration:
Button 1 — X
Button 2 — A
Button 3 — B
Button 4 — Y
Button 9 — Start
Button 10 — Select
Button R2 — Hotkey for special commands
If you want to use your controller, connect it with USB-cable and turn on the console. After turning on the main screen, press and hold any button on the controller. After a few seconds, the button assignment menu appears. Follow the instructions to configure the controller.
The complete list of compatible controllers and tips for connecting wireless controllers are available via following link.
5. Special commands:
Hotkey (R2 by default) + Y → Save game
Hotkey + X → Load game
Hotkey + Up → Choose previous save slot
Hotkey + Down → Choose next save slot
Hotkey + Start → Exit game to main screen
Hotkey + A → Restart game
Hotkey + B → Exit to Retroarch menu
Hotkey + L1 → Screenshot
Hotkey + Right → Speed up game
Hotkey + Left → Rewind (if the function is turned on in options)
Hotkey + R2 → Next shader
Hotkey + L2 → Previous shader
6. Settings menu
To switch to the Settings menu, click Start button (button 9 by default) on the main screen. Setup menu contains the following items:
Here you can view system information, select language, change overclocking settings, install updates and configure Kodi Media Player. We do not recommend turning the over-clocking function on without installing additional coolers, as it may cause damage to processor due to overheat.
Here you can configure game options: aspect ratio (16:9, 4:3), antialiasing, rewind and save/load settings. Rewind function allows you to turn back time while gaming. We recommend you to turn off rewind function, as it may cause a significant FPS decrease in CPU-demanding games.
You can also configure shaders for installed systems. Scanlines make the image look similar to an image displayed on CRT TV-set. Retro shaders is the set of shaders chosen by gaming community. They can assist you in getting close as possible to the original gaming experience from your childhood.
Here you can configure your controller according personal needs.
Here you can get access to user interface settings. If you have noticed black frame or cropped image on the screen, here you can overscan the screen.
In this menu you can turn background sounds on and off, set system volume and choose the output device (auto, jack or hdmi). Choose jack to use analog output.
Raspberry Pi 3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi module. To connect the console to the Internet, plug in the keyboard via USB and enter SSID and password of your home network. This will allow you to update Recalbox OS online. Newer system versions are often unstable, hence we recommend to update the system to stable versions manually, if necessary.
7. Game installation:
Installation of console games:
Gamepie comes with various free games that can be used for checking the working capacity of your console. To install other games you need to download ROM game image for cartridge games and arcade games, or disk image for PS1 and TurboGrafx CD games. You can google where to download the game image files from. Copy Game ROMs to USB-drive into recalbox/roms/console_name folder, connect USB-drive to the console, and turn the console on. All BIOS files required for console workflow are already installed to Gamepie by default. A detailed description of ROM formats for each emulated console you may find in Readme file on recalbox/roms/console_name.
Installing games for arcade cabinets:
Due to numerous variety of different arcade cabinet configurations, the emulation of arcade games has its own distinctions. Firstly, for appropriate emulator workflow you need to find and download the appropriate game version. Searching for a specific game version is a very non-trivial task, so it’s better to download arcades in romset format — a large archive with all games for a specific emulator version. Romset versions compatible with emulators running on Recalbox OS are listed in emulator description.
For emulating arcade cabinets Gamepie comes with two pre-installed emulators that enable you to launch the majority of arcade games.
Game installation folder — mame
Romset version — 0.78
Game installation folder — fba_libretro
Romset version — 0.167
Note, that all BIOS files required for emulator workflow are already installed and don’t need configuration.
8. System backup (I crashed the system, what should I do?)
To restore configured system from backup you need to download system image file from here and install Win32 Disk Imager. Then insert your SD card and format in. Open Win32 Disk Imager, select system image file in Image section and your SD card in Device section. Click Write to reinstall the system on your SD Card.
9. Switching to Kodi Media Center
By default, Recalbox OS comes with built-in Kodi Media Center, which can be used for music listening and watching movies pre-recorded on USB drive. For switching to Kodi Media Center, press X on the main screen. To move from Kodi to the main screen of Recalbox OS, choose the bottom button with Power icon and click “Power Off System”
10. The complete list of consoles and emulators
- Amstrad PC
- Atari 2600
- Atari 7800
- Atari ST
- Atari Lynx
- Game Gear
- Gameboy Advance
- Gameboy Color
- Game and Watch
- Sega Master System
- Sega Megadrive (Genesis)
- MSX 1/2
- Nintendo 64
- Neo Geo
- Neo Geo Pocket
- Neo Geo Pocket Color
- PC Engine CD
- PlayStation 1
- Sega 32x
- Super Nintendo
- Super Grapfx
- Virtual Boy
- ZX 81
- ZX Spectrum