Emulation OS Batocera arrives on Steam Deck with brand new features

what you need to know

  • Batocera.linux is an open-source operating system designed around video game emulation and is completely free to download.
  • Based on the Linux operating system, it is compatible with x86 and x64 desktop systems and now supports Valve’s Steam Deck console with the latest beta build.
  • Supported platforms include the original Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Nintendo 64, among others, but you’ll need to back up your games yourself.
  • New features include light gun support, touchscreen compatibility updates, additional platforms, and Bluetooth drivers for Xbox controllers.

Emulation continues to be a big selling point for Valve’s handheld, expanding your game selection beyond Steam’s already extensive library. The latest Batocera.linux beta build offers a whole new portable console operating system loaded with the best emulators and appropriate cores for each platform.

With contributions from the community, Batocera is open source and free to download. Configuration for each emulator is kept to a minimum, and additional features like image upscaling shaders and gameplay rewind will enhance your gameplay. Game backups, whether from discs or cartridges, can be transferred to your Steam deck and played anywhere with this streamlined operating system.

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The official website provides a helpful installation guide to get started with Batocera, including flashing the operating system to an external storage device and installing it on a desktop PC. The process isn’t much different on Steam Deck, but be careful if you’re replacing the default SteamOS or attempting a dual-boot setup.

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, our guide to emulators on Steam Deck has an explanation of why they’re so appealing. Playing retro games feels fantastic with Valve’s handheld, thanks to a variety of modern input methods, including analog sticks on games they may never have originally supported.

You should also stock up on one of the best SD cards for Steam Decks if you decide to go with an entry-level 64GB model, as game backups for platforms created after the turn of the millennium can take up a lot of storage space.

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