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Information on donations

RetroDECK is nothing without our dependencies without them this project and many others like us cannot exist. If you do not want to donate to RetroDECK and you might want to donate to the ES-DE front-end, art assets or a specific emulator. We support you no matter what, whatever choice you take from this list will be a good one for us all.

Please note:

We are trying to list current and future software we want to include in RetroDECK. More things will be added all the time. There are even more emulators, software, front-ends, and assets out there that are not part of the RetroDECK project for various other systems. This is not a complete list of all Emulators or Frontends for the entire internet.

RetroDECK

By donating to RetroDECK you support this project and the vision of a unified packaged retro experience.

We will use those funds to:

  • Wiki / Homepage
  • Web hosting
  • Developer accounts
  • Certificates
  • Software licenses
  • Build servers
  • Pay the running upkeep costs

Buy new hardware and target new devices

  • New SteamOS based devices.
  • New Linux based devices.
  • In some cases better development hardware

Buy new peripherals that we want to work out of the box

  • Various big brand and small brand controllers.
  • Lightguns.
  • Special peripherals.

Make RetroDECK better

  • Develop more Configurator functions
  • Develop better integrations
  • Develop broad new functions and features
  • Expose more emulator settings to the users in a easy way
  • Push for better peripherals support in Linux even beyond RetroDECK (Do more global Linux goodwill)

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses


Frontend

EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE)

EmulationStation Desktop Edition (ES-DE) is a frontend for browsing and launching games from your multi-platform game collection.

Where to donate / support the project?

Website - Paypal

Patreon

Licenses

License

Licenses


Emulators: Multi-system

LibreRetro - RetroArch

The LibreRetro Team makes RetroArch, Libretro and Lakka

Where to donate / support the project?

Teespring

Patreon

YouTube Membership

Liberapay

BountySource

Licenses

Licenses

MAME

MAME is a multi-purpose emulation framework.

MAME's purpose is to preserve decades of software history. As electronic technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents this important "vintage" software from being lost and forgotten.

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Copy License

Licenses

ares

ares is a cross-platform, open source, multi-system emulator, focusing on accuracy and preservation.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

License

Licenses


Emulators: Sony

RPCS3

The world's first free and open-source PlayStation 3 emulator/debugger, written in C++ for Windows, Linux, macOS and FreeBSD.

Where to donate / support the project?

NOTE:

Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, RPCS3 became unable to manage funds from the Patreon directly due to sanctions imposed on Russia. Before donating check the current status on their Patreon.

Patreon

Alipay

Duckstation

DuckStation is an simulator/emulator of the Sony PlayStation(TM) console, focusing on playability, speed, and long-term maintainability. The goal is to be as accurate as possible while maintaining performance suitable for low-end devices. "Hack" options are discouraged, the default configuration should support all playable games with only some of the enhancements having compatibility issues.

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses

PPSSPP

PPSSPP can run your PSP games on your PC or Android phone in full HD resolution or even higher. It can also upscale textures to make them sharper, and you can enable post-processing shaders to adjust color and brightness the way you like, and other effects.

Where to donate / support the project?

PPSSPP Gold

Licenses

Licenses

PCSX2

PCSX2 is a free and open-source PlayStation 2 (PS2) emulator. Its purpose is to emulate the PS2's hardware and this allows you to play PS2 games on your PC, with many additional features and benefits.

Where to donate / support the project?

Github Sponsor

Licenses

Licenses

Vita3K

Vita3K is an experimental PlayStation Vita emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android.

Where to donate / support the project?

Ko-fi

Licenses

Licenses


Emulators: Nintendo

Dolphin

Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more!

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses

Primehack

PrimeHack is a modified version of Dolphin-Emu solely for playing Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii with keyboard and mouse on a PC.

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses

Yuzu

Yuzu is the world's most popular, open-source, Nintendo Switch emulator โ€” started by the creators of Citra.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses

Citra

Citra is the world's most popular, open-source, Nintendo 3DS emulator. It is written in C++ with portability in mind and builds are actively maintained for Windows, Linux, Android and macOS.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses

Ryujinx

Ryujinx is an open-source Nintendo Switch emulator, created by gdkchan, written in C#. This emulator aims at providing excellent accuracy and performance, a user-friendly interface and consistent builds. It was written from scratch and development on the project began in September 2017.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses

melonDS

melonDS aims at providing fast and accurate Nintendo DS emulation. While it is still a work in progress, it has a pretty solid set of features:

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Paypal

Licenses

Licenses

Cemu

Cemu, a Wii U emulator that is able to run most Wii U games and homebrew in a playable state. It's written in C/C++ and is being actively developed with new features and fixes to increase compatibility, convenience and usability.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses


Emulators: Microsoft

Xenia

Xenia is an experimental emulator for the Xbox 360.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses

Xemu

A free and open-source application that emulates the original Microsoft Xbox game console, enabling people to play their original Xbox games on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems.

Where to donate / support the project?

Patreon

Licenses

Licenses


Software

OpenBOR

OpenBOR is a royalty free sprite-based side scrolling gaming engine. From humble beginnings in 2004, it has since grown into the most versatile, easy to use, and powerful engine of its type you will find anywhere.

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses

GZDoom

GZDoom is a feature centric port for all Doom engine games, based on ZDoom, adding an OpenGL renderer and powerful scripting capabilities

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses

ScummVM

ScummVM allows you to play classic graphic point-and-click adventure games, text adventure games, and RPGs, as long as you already have the game data files. ScummVM replaces the executable files shipped with the games, which means you can now play your favorite games on all your favorite devices.

Where to donate / support the project?

Website - Paypal

Licenses

Licenses

Solarus

Solarus is a free and open-source 2D game engine written in C++, that can run games scripted in Lua. It has been designed with 16-bit classic Action-RPGs in mind, and is available on a wide range of platforms.

Where to donate / support the project?

Liberapay

Licenses

Licenses

IKEMEN Go

IKEMEN Go is a remake of the IKEMEN (open source fighting games engine that supports M.U.G.E.N resources) in Googleโ€™s Programming Language โ€œGoโ€.

Where to donate / support the project?

We have not found a donation link to this project at this time or the project does not support donations.

Licenses

Licenses


Art and Assets

Kenney.nl

RetroDECK Team owns a seperate donation license.

Licenses: CC0 & CC1.

Kenney.nl

Patreon

itch.io

Pixel UI Theme for Godot

RetroDECK Team owns a license.

Pixel UI Theme Itch.io

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

CC0

Titles

Tiltes Supplemental

Pixelitos

Licenses

Pixel Sans 13

Licenses


Other Licenses

Here we showcase the licenses of projects / functions we might use in part, got inspired by the code/solutions or want to give special credit.

Capsimg

Licenses

BoilR

Licenses

Licenses

Lutris

Licenses

The Steam Deck logo and Steam Deck device is a registered trademark of Valve Corporation. This project is in no way officially affiliated with Valve.

Other Trademarks

All trademarks, logos, controller images and brand names are the property of their respective owners. All company, product and service names used in this project are for identification purposes only. Use of these names, trademarks and brands does not imply endorsement.