RetroArch adds new cores and more features in latest iOS update

RetroArch is a super-popular new emulator

RetroArch adds new cores and more features in latest iOS update
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  • Game emulator RetroArch has just been updated with new cores, features and more
  • Essentially stand-alone emulators themselves, they offer improved functionality
  • You can also benefit from a host of new fixes

With the change in rules for emulators on iOS, it's no surprise that one of the most well-known of them, RetroArch, has proven so popular. And with the latest update, emulation fans can benefit from a host of new fixes and cores being added to the app, making it even easier to enjoy emulation of your favourite titles from the past.

You can check the full patch notes on the iOS App Store. But first off, what exactly is a 'core'? Well, we had to look this up ourselves, but essentially a core seems to be the stand-alone emulator being added to the broader RetroArch emulator system which it relies on.

What does this mean? Well, more games, more emulation and more stable functionality as far as we can tell. But it's also emblematic of the rapidly evolving nature of emulation and a pretty gladdening sight for those who were worried RetroArch might lack further support.

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We've commented many times on the nature of emulation on iOS and the legally sticky situation Apple might be putting developers in, so we won't go over it again here. However, in more positive terms the further additions to RetroArch are indicative of the rapid nature of open-source development, and actually a lot faster than we've seen many games get updated on their own.

Speaking of other games? Want to see what else think is worth a shot that isn't on an emulator? Well, there are plenty of great games you can play right now on mobile, and our list of the best mobile games of 2024 (so far).

And if you want a specific pick, you can check out one of our latest reviews with our coverage of one of Netflix Games' newest titles, the hack 'n slash cyberpunk side-scroller Katana Zero!

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Iwan Morris
Iwan Morris
Iwan is a Cardiff-based freelance writer, who joined the Pocket Gamer Biz site fresh-faced from University before moving to the editorial team in November of 2023.