I would like everyone's insight on some of the good emulator frontends available right now.
It seems like many of these frontends are extremely customizable but lack really useful features, or have useful features but suck at everything else or have little things about them that are annoying.
I would like to add:
Over the past few weeks I've pretty much collected all the mame roms/chds, console goodsets & no-intro collections (not sure which sets I'm going to use), and have been fiddling around with frontends. Basically I'm on a quest the find the least shittiest frontend. I'm treating this as a serious project, so once I am satisfied with my rom collection and frontend setup I will most likely be building a separate computer for this so I can use on a CRT, or possibly building an arcade cabinet setup with console controller inputs on the side to use with genuine controllers.
I was really intent on setting up a hyperspin machine but after fiddling around with it for a week or so I honestly don't care too much for all the visual bells and whistles and I find the flash animations and all of that kind of tacky. I'd much prefer a simple interface, with maybe a screen shot or short gif/video clip at the absolute most. I know I can configure hyperspin with a cleaner interface but it seems to have a lot of problems handling some rom collections (a number of other frontends I tried have this issue too). Maybe I'll come back to hyperspin eventually when I have enough patience.
>I would like everyone's insight on some of the good emulator frontends available right now.
We get enough spam here as is without threads like these grabbing the attention of Retroarch shills. There's already an Emulation General to contain this cancer, so I suggest you post there instead of cluttering the board with another pointless shill circlejerk.
Retroarch isn't really a true 'emulator frontend' per se... if you are using retroarch you are using its libretro cores, so for the sake of argument retroarch is essentially a multi-system emulator. (It is a libretro frontend, not an emulator frontend)
Retroarch/libretro is great and its cores emulate most systems well, but it is not the best choice for -every- system. A proper emulation frontend allows you to use a standalone emulator (or multiple emulators) for any particular console or even any particular game.
I'm open to using retroarch for sure but the default interface/gui is awful imo and a pain to configure for dozens of emulators. I know there are alternative frontends for libretro, so if you or anyone could suggest one of those that would be great.
Use Retroarch. Not sure how you can shill for a free product anyway, it's relatively easy to use and extremely customizable, with really great support for filters if that's your thing. Yeah it's not really a front end but it has every relevant /vr/ emulator as a core so it's just as functional if not more so.