RetroPlayer branch of Kodi

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garbear Offline
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RetroPlayer is a new player core for Kodi Entertainment Center. It is similar to the video player and audio visualizer, but it plays games instead of movies and music.





Design and Components
  • RetroPlayer: Code name of a new Kodi component that can play emulators, standalone games, and NVidia GameStream.
  • Game provider add-ons: Stream tens of thousands of games directly from the Internet Archive Software Collection
  • Controller support: Support for every controller under the sun, with an API for DIY controllers. Each emulator game system can be mapped separately. Early concept:

[Image: ConfigurationGUI_zps10704b12-600x336.png]

Future Components
  • Media readers: Cartridge adapters, like the Retrode, that give Kodi access to game
  • Game save manager: Manage savestates and SRAM saves. Combined with a media reader, you get "gameplay persistence" - yank the cartridge out of the reader and Kodi stops the game, taking a save state. Plug the cartridge back in and Kodi plays the game right where you last left off.
  • Game library: What else other than the full Kodi experience? Box art, game trailers, gameplay videos, system intros, save states, and more.
  • Network play: I fully completed a netplay add-on. It was slow and buggy and basically needs to be rewritten from scratch.
  • Shaders: Let's start brainstorming what we want and how this could work. A CRT shader would be cool.

Fork from https://github.com/garbear/xbmc and start coding!

BTC: 1JtXwJdGdE9YnYgThWBT2StFCU5sEYkbVD (personal), https://kodi.tv/contribute/donate-bitcoin (foundation). Donations in the form of controllers, especially ones that don't work in Kodi, are also appreciated.
(This post was last modified: 2015-12-21 10:18 by garbear.)
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I updated the scope of the project. What do you guys think?
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I might suggest also listing shaders for future components. Making shaders mostly platform agnostic is probably quite a ways off, but I think the ability to emulate the look of a CRT screen might ultimately be a big positive for a lot of people.
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Added shaders to the list
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Very nice, garbear. Wish I could be of some use Smile
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This kind of shader would be awesome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLNfzZ-KMdI
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Hey garbear, i love reading your posts and I follow your work with great anticipation - I'm really looking forward to seeing this merged. I've asked this question about a year ago so I hope you don't mind me asking again - what do you think the chances are of this being included in the next release of kodi? Smile
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I don't see it in the next release, simply because we aimed for much shorter release cycles - let's see how this works out. Also next release must not introduce skin changes IIRC
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(2015-01-21 11:19)da-anda Wrote:  I don't see it in the next release, simply because we aimed for much shorter release cycles - let's see how this works out. Also next release must not introduce skin changes IIRC

How much shorter are the release cycles anyway?...every 6-8 months? When can we expect the next release to be?
(This post was last modified: 2015-01-21 13:19 by Megatron.)
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your efforts are the single most exciting development for me
hopefully we see the fruits of your labor soon, heck, i'd say release a kodi version just with this amazing feature
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support for high resolution texture packs in addition to shaders would be awesome as well.
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@Lorax texture packs for what? roms?
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Yes, like what's shown in this article for Zelda.

http://lifehacker.com/bring-your-retro-g...1516605379
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(2015-01-30 16:17)Lorax Wrote:  Yes, like what's shown in this article for Zelda.

http://lifehacker.com/bring-your-retro-g...1516605379

Well that's pretty cool. Definitely seems like a v3 thing though.
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Pls let #garbear concentrate on finish this thing.
Can't wait to give it a try on Kodi or 14+1. We do not want to wait until 14+2 Wink

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