The Dynamic Duo are breaking boundaries once again, not content with changing the way the Pi front ends acted on their Dynamo Elite image for the Pi 3, or rewriting history with Dynamo Elite for the PC – they have now created the ULTIMATE in Raspberry Pi 4 images for Arcade Gamers – utilising BOTH monitor outputs and creating a 2nd Monitor as a changing marquee (depending on the chosen game). Yes you heard that, WE NOW HAVE MARQUEES ON RASPBERRY PI ON A LOADED IMAGE!!.
The duo have dropped TWO images, a 64gb Arcade Image and a 128gb TOP PICKS multi system (including arcade) image, BOTH available for download. ALSO – Once you set your settings in EMULATION STATION (such as controller) the built in script that the team created (amongst many others!) will copy your settings over to ATTRACT MODE – so no more having to reset everything when switching….
The video below, shows Emulation Station, Auto attract mode configuration, Attract Mode, Multi Monitors and a great insight, view the video on Youtube for time markers.
Base CRT Blast Image Highlights:
- Both Emulation Station and Attract Mode
- CRT Blast theme used for both with ES having 2 additional choices
- 3 included boot up videos
- New system loading videos
- Dual monitor support (auto-detection built-in) to show system/game marquees
Custom system marquees
- Auto-configure Attract Mode GUI gamepad controller script
- Updated Emulation Station Collections script (over 300 now available)
- Over 140 supported systems
This image is setup to use dual monitors. If during power up, a second monitor is detected, it will automatically show the marquee images. If not, then it’ll just use a single monitor as normal.
- write the included image file to an SD card
- insert into a Raspberry Pi 4 and turn on – The image will auto-expand and reboot
- configure gamepad/controllers
- adjust volume to 100
press START > SOUND SETTINGS
adjust system volume slider to 100
The primary monitor is the HDMI port closest to the power port.
No bezels have been setup, however The Bezel Project script is installed.
This image includes Emulation Station as well as Attract Mode.
From the Emulation Station main menu, go into the RetroPie menu. There are two options for Attract Mode.
1. Attract Mode – configure GUI controls
2. Attract Mode – reboot and switch
Before switching to Attract Mode, run the configure GUI option. This will automatically map your current gamepad setup to Attract Mode. Your gamepad
will then work within Attract Mode just like it does in Emulation Station.
Note: Attract Mode is still experimental on the Pi 4 boards.
Pressing Y on the gamepad will mark a game as a favorite.
To make it show up in the Favorites display, you need to run the Favorites Utility within the Options menu and generate a new Favorites romlist.
Dual Monitor Marquees:
The secondary monitor is setup to show system or game marquees.
The included system marquees are 1920×1080 in size.
These can easily be replaced by other PNG files (for example to fit more traditional marquee size monitors).
System marquees are located here: /home/pi/PieMarquee2/marquee
Game marquees are located under their respective system subfolders: /home/pi/PieMarquee2/marquee/(system)
System marquees must be named to match the configured system while game marquees must be named to match the rom filename.
CLARIFICATION: You do NOT need any more hardware or boards, this is a simple case of plugging in a secondary monitor into the PI 4 2nd HDMI slot – read the included PDFs. Dynamic Duo have confirmed the script is an amended version of losernators PieMarquee2 (github) and is not the awesome Pixel Cade, or any other L.E.D. Controller board software. Attract mode (PC) has had marquee options for some time, and was optioned in Pi versions but unused without the need for extra scripts.
There are 2 images available, the Arcade image (64gb) and the (128gb) Multi System “Top Picks” both can be downloaded right now from Torrent, Usenet and members servers, plus any of your usual download sources.
The marquee images CAN be changed, there is PLENTY of documentation with the included PDF files in the downloads, please have a read through they have literally thought and covered EVERYTHING.
Welcome to the new standard in RPi4 images – let us know your thoughts in the comments below….