RetroArch now on Steam, making Steam Deck a retro gamer’s dream machine

Steam Deck has more PS1 games than the PS5, thanks to Retroarch on Steam.

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RetroArch has come to Steam, which means it is easier than ever to play legacy video game software through the power of emulation. This is good news for both people interested in the preservation of the medium and people that really want to play PlayStation 1 games on the bus. A win all round.

If you install RetroArch through Steam —which is legal— you’ll need to find the game software yourself … which could be decidedly less so. We’re going to believe you’re all good boys, girls and non-binary folk, and will only play your legitimate ROM back ups that you’ve made yourselves on RetroArch compatible devices. Okay? Good.


RetroArch Emulators on Steam

SEGA Saturn Clockwork Knight RetroArch Steam
Now you can play as much Clockwork Knight for SEGA Saturn as you want.


RetroArch should be completely Steam Deck compatible when the Valve-made handheld devices launch at the end of 2021. Thanks to that, you’ll be able to play games from the following classic consoles on Steam Deck out of the box:

  • Atari 2600
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • SEGA Genesis
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • Multiple Arcade Machines
  • Nintendo 64
  • Sony PlayStation
  • SEGA Saturn
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance

RetroArch on Xbox Series X/S

Xbox Series X/S has been lauded as an emulation powerhouse since shortly after it was released, thanks to the ability to install external applications on the console with a $19 indie software developer license that anyone can apply for. With a homebrew license gamers can easily install RetroArch on their machines with a little bit of effort and can-do attitude.

While Xbox Developer Mode is a good functionality for the console to have, it is far less straightforward than the RetroArch software just being available on Valve’s storefront. Hopefully this “retail” release by Valve opens the floodgates for RetroArch to be released on Xbox and PlayStation soon.

If you’re interested in learning more about RetroArch on Xbox Series X/S then we’d suggest this video by MVG on YouTube. We do need to let you know that they are unaffiliated with WePC and we just like their video content sometimes, though.