Preview of the RetroBox theme for RetroFE

About two month ago I posted some screenshots of a new theme for RetroFE I’m working on called RetroBox. Here you can see a video of how it works!

For those of you who don’t know, RetroFE is an arcade front end like HyperSpin or BigBox. My main objective is to create a stunning and straightforward theme that makes it easy and fun to browse a tremendous collection of games. Since I couldn’t find any decent themes for non-widescreen monitors, I decided to make my own.


The biggest challenge is finding all the media such as images, video’s and descriptions (stories). Without it, no theme looks good and this one is no exception. I’ve spend a lot of time writing software that crawls the web for all kinds of media and I’m starting to get a decent collection. Once a collection is complete, according to the hyperspin XML file, I’ll add it to my arcade and configure the rest like emulator and controls. Stay tuned for more updates. 🙂


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Lasse Drageset

Looking good. I’d say sticking to RetroFE was a wise choice. Now I just need to find the proper motivation to get started on my hardware build. I’ve been kinda stuck for the last 6 months, with the old cabinet still in the garage. Can’t make up my mind whether to use the Raspberry Pi3 or a Windows Box.

Benjamin Krause

Benjamin Krause


Sorry, I didn’t get notified of your comment so I didn’t see it until now. I really like RetroFE for one particular reason: Full control. I really like the structure and when I tried to import my systems into BigBox once it took ages and was harder to automate. I really dislike the whole import-feature, but I can see that some may like it. Anyways, I’ve been working on my build for the last two years, so I know how you feel. I’m right now trying to make my own driver for a LCD panel for improved control, restructuring my application which handles the coin acceptor and adding RFID support. On top of that I’m trying to a sort all games and media.. so it’s more like a continues hobby than a project you finish in my opinion. Always something to fix or improve. Whether to use Raspberry Pi or Windows comes down to compability and (partly) if you want to use videos in your theme. EmulationStation doesn’t yet support videos as far as I know and other alternatives for the Pi aren’t great. Windows allows you to run a whole bunch more, but is more tricky to configure. I highly recommend you to take a look at RocketLauncher for managing your collection if you haven’t already. Keep me posted on updates. 🙂

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