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Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) ​Released
posted by john on 05/15/2019


natinusala with help from the RetroNX Team have released a new version of Lakka for your homebrew enabled Nintendo Switch hybrid video gaming console. L4T Lakka is a stand-alone minimum Linux distro boots directly into the RetroArch emulator providing an unified emulation experience. Due to being based on Linux and not relying on the Switch OS (Horizon) Lakka outperforms the native RetroArch homebrew for the Switch.

Like the recent L4T Ubuntu Linux release Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) is based on the Linux 4 Tegra project and is based on the main distro on Lakka and thus provides the enhancements that L4T provides such as audio output from the built in speakers, faster GPU rendering via Vulkan, faster RAM clock speeds and much more! Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) is also based on the latest version of RetroArch so it now includes the updated cores that m4xw had been working on.

Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) is launched by download and copying it's files onto your Micro SD card and unlike L4T Ubuntu doesn't require any extra partitions so you can use one single Micro SD card to dual boot between Horizon. However, as of now you cannot dual boot between L4T Ubuntu and Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) so you'll need to store each one on separate Micro SD cards.

General system updates

*  New Linux kernel and underlying operating system, based on Linux4Tegra and Jetson Nano drivers
    *  mainline kernel has been deprecated
    *  system features should now be on par with the L4T Ubuntu distribution, except for dock support
    *  Bluetooth was lost in the battle and needs some rest to come back stronger
*  aarch64 is now the default and mainly supported architecture
    *  arm has been deprecated since L4T doesn't support it
*  New logo made with the help of jaames and the R:S community

New features and improvements

*  Audio now works through the internal speakers and headphones
*  The new GPU driver supports both Vulkan and OpenGL
*  RAM is now locked at full speed (1600Mhz), was 800MHz before
*  The system is now way more stable and should boot for everyone with a decent SD card (no more black screen of death)
*  RetroArch has been updated to add menu widgets (fancy onscreen notifications)
*  Overclock profiles have been updated :
    *  Renamed all profiles
    *  Added more overclock profiles
    *  Added underclock profiles

New cores

*  mupen64plus-next (N64 emulator)
    *  The core is full speed, even on aarch64 thanks to the new dynarec
    *  Includes the updated version of the GlideN renderer
*  picodrive (various Sega consoles)
    *  The core replaces Genesis Plus GX (Game Gear support has been dropped)
*  Beetle PSX HW (PSX emulator with OpenGL and Vulkan renderer)
    *  The core performs worse than PCSX ReARMed for now, even with Vulkan
*  reicast (Dreamcast emulator)
    *  The core is full speed on all commercial games, no visual glitches
    *  The OIT renderer works (better accuracy), speed is still good on 1x resolution
    *  The core needs the Dreamcast BIOS files to be placed in /lakka/storage/system/DC
    *  WinCE games are currently not supported - there is a WinCE version of the reicast core in the works but the aarch64 dynarec is too slow for the games to be playable (for now)
*  Yaba Sanshiro (Saturn emulator)
    *  The core is full speed on all commercial games
    *  Yabause and Kronos were also added but both perform worse than Yaba Sanshiro
*  theodore (Thomson MO/TO emulator)

Updated cores

*  Dolphin : Vulkan support
    *  With Vulkan, Dolphin runs decently - some games are playable, some are full speed... see for yourself, try it and experiment with different games and settings!
*  PCSX ReARMed : Switch optimizations and CHD support
*  PPSSPP : doesn't crash anymore when closing content

Removed cores

*  mupen64plus
*  parallel-n64
*  Genesis Plus GX
*  Ishiiruka
    *  It might come back once the core is updated with the (beta) Vulkan renderer


*  Kernel and drivers work: NVIDIA, switchroot team (especially ByLaws and langerhans)
*  Lakka Switch work: natinusala and plaidman
*  RetroArch, original Lakka distribution: libretro team
*  mupen64plus-next: Gillou and m4xw
*  PCSX ReARMed: Switch optimizations by m4xw, CHD support by aliaspider
*  Dolphin core: aliaspider
*  reicast core: flyinghead
For more information and to download Lakka Switch (L4T Edition) the Lakka Switch website has been updated with the new version. Visit: https://lakka-switch.github.io/documentation


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