Project ARES is a step forwards from The Retro Arena, it introduces more emulators, updates to the underlying operating systems, updates to RetroArch and the cores/emulators. It also adds support for X86 PC, Raspberry Pie 4, Atomic PI, Nvidia Jetson Nano, Odroid H2+, and the Libre Computer line, including La Frite and Le Potato.
This project was developed over several months by the Retro Arena and Tech Toy Tinker teams, Eric, Carlos, and Jeff burned the candle at both ends working on this project. And a special thanks also goes to Stephen and the rest of our developers and testing team.
We are working on introducing a new front end called RetroFE, and that makes its first appearance in ARES, it can be installed via the front ends section, however, the controller configuration wizard is not ready yet, and as such only USB controllers work properly at this time.
ARES Source Code(Use this for your own build or on Linux PC):
A user from our community has taken the time to design a new theme for everyone to enjoy! Big thank you to Chris Brown:
Here are the current ARES Beta Builds(most login and password are aresuser/pigaming or aresuser/thera).
As a beta you might find a bug or two, these will be worked out as the project moves from beta to stable.
If a device you want is not below, you will need to compile your own using the above source code.
** For XU4 Beta 2, read the readme inside of the .zip file. If your system hangs for more than two mins during first boot, simply unplug it and plug it back in. the roms and bios folder are now both located inside of roms and are an NTFS partition that will auto expand at first boot.
XU4 Beta Released 2021/06/25, Beta 2 released 4/3/2022
RockPro 64 Alpha:
RockPro64 Beta 2021-07-18:
Raspberry PI 4 Alpha:
Raspberry PI 4 Beta - Project David (180+) 09/05 release for Davids birthday. Rest in peace little brother.
Nvidia Jetson Nano Beta and Beta2+4GB(10-17-2021):
Odroid H2 Plus:
Atomic Pi Beta 1:
La Frite(Libre Computer, login and password are aresuser):
Early Nano Pi Fire 3 Alpha(dreamcast and n64 are laggy, some earlier systems work ok)
Login pigaming, password aresuser:
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