The release of the distribution Lakka 5.0 has been presented, allowing users to transform computers, TV setups, or single-board computers into a fully functional game console for retro gaming. Lakka is a project that is a modification of the distribution Libreelec , initially created for building home theaters. Lakka builds are available for platforms such as i386, x86_64 (Intel, NVIDIA, or AMD GPU), Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi, Banana Pi, Hummingboard, Cubox-I, Odroid, and more. To install Lakka, users simply need to write the distribution on an SD card or USB drive, connect a gamepad, and boot up the system.

Lakka is based on the emulator of game consoles Retroarch , which offers emulation of a wide spectrum of devices and advanced features like multiplayer games, graphics enhancements, rewind function, hot plug of gamepads, and video streaming. Emulated consoles include Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and more. It supports gamepads from popular consoles like PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

In the latest Lakka 5.0 release:

  • The system environment is updated to the Libreelec 11 package base (the previous version was based on Libreelec 10.x).
  • The Retroarch package is updated to version 1.17 .
  • Updated versions of emulators and game engines with new additions like DirkSimple, DosBox-Core, EP128emu, and more.
  • Mesa package is updated to version 24.0.4.
  • The Linux kernel is updated to version 6.1 (previously used 5.10).
  • Added support for new devices like Raspberry Pi 5, Orange Pi 4 LTS, Bananapi CM4, Radxa Rock Pi 4 Plus, and more.
  • A separate assembly for PCs with NVIDIA GPU support is included.
  • A new theme called
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