Retro-GTK Has An Exciting Future Ahead With Many Improvements For Libretro Gaming
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 24 October 2017 at 06:26 AM EDT. 2 Comments
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GNOME developer Adrien Plazas has written a blog post about some of the big work items he's engaged in for retro-gtk, the GNOME user-interface for running various libretro cores / game emulators.

Adrien Plazas has a lot of exciting plans ahead for retro-gtk and better supporting libretro for a better gaming experience from the GNOME desktop. Some of his upcoming work items include:

- Further stabilization to the API/ABI and an attempt not to break either interface as much following their v0.14 milestone.

- Clarification why retro-gtk isn't using the Rust programming language but rather C. This is mostly due to Rust's support for GObject being less than ideal right now. Later on some retro-gtk components may be ported to Rust and shouldn't be as much of a pain as it was going from Vala to C.

- Interest in supporting hardware rendering with OpenGL shaders rather than the current code that is leveraging Cairo with software acceleration. This hardware rendering / OpenGL support will be started soon.

- Retro-gtk should soon also begin working with Nintendo 64 emulators and other libretro cores requiring the hardware render callback.

- Improved gamepad handling.

- Running libretro cores in their own sub-process.

- Avoiding static memory collisions.

- Improved stability.

- Other possible performance improvements.

- Better testing.

Many of these changes are likely to come for retro-gtk 0.14 while some of the other tasks are further out on the roadmap. All the details in this blog post.

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