These should perhaps be added somewhere:
- CoinOPS (PC and Xbox?) Wiki, Arcade Punks, Tapatalk
- skeletonKey / RoM-Jacket
- Vintage Simulator (VSIM) - libretro
- RetroPlayer (XBMC) - libretro
- ZMZ - libretro (SNES cores only)
- Arcan - libretro?
- EmuVR - VR / libretro
- New Retro Arcade: Neon - VR / libretro
- RetroVR - VR /libretro? (Occulus Quest)
- Lakka - libretro/retroarch linux dist
- LudOS - Ludo libretro linux dist
- Project Ascension
- IV/Play - MAME frontend
- MESSUI - MESS (MAME) frontend
- MAMEUI / MAMEUI64 are they different or only 32/64 bit?
- Retrograde - Android TV, libretro frontend or emulators included?
- GameRoom - discontinued
- D-Box - DOSBox
- DGBL - DOSBox
- D-Fend Reloaded - DOSBox
- Dapplegrey - DOSBox
- Happy Chick - Android
- ARC Browser - Android
- RetroX - Android
- PinballX (Pinball frontend?)
- Hyperpin (Pinball frontend?)
- Pinup Popper (Pinball frontend?)
- RMG - Mupen64Plus
Might be others on the Comparison of Emulator Frontends page
- Add all frontends from RetroArch, libretro, MAME, etc pages.
- Change those pages to link here instead
- Add screenshots in comparisons
I'm trying to make the frontends page more easy to navigate. If you have any suggestions on how we should categorize the frontends or what information should be provided, please let me know -Jpx (talk)
- I'm thinking about adding a column to show if they are made for mouse or keyboard navigation. Perhaps also a column to show if they are FOSS, freeware or payware. Don't want to make it to cluttered, there's always the Comparison of Emulator Frontends page for more information. -Jpx (talk) 09:01, 28 January 2020 (UTC)
- So I'm thinking the column should be called Interface. There's about three different types: Windows mouse-GUI (WIMP), Touch GUI for phones and a HTPC/TV/Arcade cabinet type GUI made for gamepads (RetroArch, LaunchBox Big Box). I'm thinking to call the first two: WIMP (or Mouse) and Touch. What about the third, seems to be called a lot of different things like: Bigscreen, HTPC, ten-foot, TV, gamepad gui, etc -Jpx (talk) 07:44, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
So most people seem to think that LaunchBox / Big Box is the best WIMP and HTPC frontend.
- What's the best multi-platform HTPC frontend? Seems to be one of: Attract-Mode, RetroFE or EmulationStation (RetroPie's fork).
- What's the best multi-platform WIMP frontend? Nostlan seems to be the only option here.
- Personally I like QuickPlay for it's simplicity, worth checkout out if you don't need that "flash": http://quickplay.sourceforge.net/
Criteria for Recommended frontends
Why Launchbox is recommended and some others FE aren't?
I use Quickplay and QP fills the emulators requisites:
have high compatibly (though maybe not as high as others)- can be used with all existing emulators. are user-friendly, offer useful features - Has a lot of features, like Folder Mirroring and Emulator Find can be run on various devices, - Can run on Windows or Linux via Wine run fast even on lower end hardware, - Only uses 10-20 MB RAM and in any processor (even two decades old P4) can generally be used day-to-day by even the not-so-tech-savvy users, - after initial setup, doesn't requires any maintenance. and, preferably, is open-source (not closed source) as that ensures any active programmer can keep the software in shipshape condition and able to run on modern operating systems. - It´s fully FOSS.
The only thing that QP loses to LB is eye candy. But, QP in another way, it´s blazing-fast, and slowdown free compared to LB.
- Let's add it to recommend. I'm trying to keep recommended to the best FE for each common use case. -Jpx (talk) 08:22, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
Playnite should be Recommended
It's the real FOSS alternative to LaunchBox. Tried most WIMP options from the list and Playnite is easily the best one.
It's extensible, easy to use, easy for a non-techy user to add emulators and roms, scraps metadata and media automatically, integrates with Retroachievements, has very pleasant and efficient UI that can get even better with available custom themes.
From the requisites, the only problem is that it's Windows only, but so are LB and QP and they are both recommended. I can't say about "run fast even on lower end hardware", but I guess it's on par with LB.