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[RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby fcatrin » Tue May 11, 2021 10:24 pm

RetroX 3 is out now!! Yes, this version is a milestone that deserves its own version number! Apart from having the new Collections feature, all the UI for Mobile and standard TV mode has been improved... a lot.

This version also includes three new themes, one is the built in RetroX theme that matches the mobile and standard TV mode, and the other two are new amazing themes ported by Nigel Rapley, who not only has been contributing with more themes, he also added the collections support for all existing themes. A big THANKS to Nigel!

There are some other "minor" changes like:
  • Support for multidisc 3DO games
  • Improved performance on slow devices when loading big collections (big, not huge ;) )
  • Better mobile layout for small screens with 4:3 aspect ratio (Retroid Pocket 2)
  • Automatically silence video previews if background music is enabled
  • Faster / improved downloading of artwork from the RetroX server
  • Multiple fixes for multi disk games
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented moving through covers in TV mode
  • ... and more

And here is what comes in the next days because it is already in progress:
  • More collections
  • Updated data for trending/popular/recommended games
  • Some themes will be compatible with smalls screens (Retroid Pocket 2)
  • New default covers for games without artwork (partially done now)
  • A new option to show only games with artwork, no more manual cleaning needed

Just for stats: This version is 233 commits with 893 files changed. 14,679 additions and 3,987 deletions

Note: Some themes may require that you get the artwork from EmuMovies, you can do get it using a free EmuMovies account under Manage Games -> EmuMovies sync

No ROMs were harmed in the making of this version
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby natemac00 » Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:32 pm

Can't wait to give this a try, glad you're still moving forward with it. Just picked up one of the 2021 Fire HD 10 for prime day, want to give this a go on that!
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby pleger » Mon Feb 28, 2022 1:58 am

Hi everyone,
How are you? I have everything is going well!!!!

>>> * Improved performance on slow devices when loading big collections (big, not huge ;) )

How much is "huge"? In Atari 5200/XL/XE, I have 5054 games and it is (a bit) slow to walk around the games ... or is it because they have to download/load many covers?

Best & thanks so much, Paul
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby fcatrin » Sun Mar 13, 2022 8:13 pm

The change was on the games list retrieval only, that is only on startup, afer that it should be the same except for: My test collection of 15000+ games work fine on the Shield on startup and when browsing the games, but in the Retroid Pocket 2, boot takes around 10 seconds, then browsing works with no noticeable delay.

If you are getting delays when browsing, it may be because of a slow storage. There is an option to keep more artwork in the storage cache, it will take more storage but it should be a bit faster is your storage is slow, that option is in System Settings -> Device Settings -> Local Storage -> Use restricted storage space for artwork
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby pleger » Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:50 pm

If you are getting delays when browsing, it may be because of a slow storage. There is an option to keep more artwork in the storage cache, it will take more storage but it should be a bit faster is your storage is slow, that option is in System Settings -> Device Settings -> Local Storage -> Use restricted storage space for artwork


Ok, thanks a lot; however, the option title it is bit weird:
Use restricted storage space for artwork (slower) ->
- "Yes", implies slower, right?
- "No", implies faster, right?

By default the option is "No", meaning that by default is "faster"; or am I missing something?
Now, I changed "Yes" ... I hope it will be faster :)

Best, Paul
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby fcatrin » Wed Mar 23, 2022 9:11 pm

I thought it was default on Yes! haha

If possible, give some feedback about that config change please
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby pleger » Sat Apr 02, 2022 8:25 pm

Hello Franco,
Here you can see in pictures my configuration. I think it is important to say that my console is a "super console x king" that comes with a memory card of 256GB (where games are). All atari games are compressed in zip files, 5054 files (see images).

Thank, Paul
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Re: [RELEASE] RetroX 3

Postby fcatrin » Sat Apr 02, 2022 11:35 pm

Accessing long folders can be a problem in Android and/or slow storage
Have you tried a folder with less games to see if the problem happens there as well?

If a folder with less than 50 games is faster, then the problem is the storage speed
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