Batocera systems

Batocera supports many consoles, platforms and emulation related applications. To separate them they are divided into systems, which are used as a unique identifier across the whole Batocera landscape.

This site gives an overview over all available and supported systems including there unique identifier, the full system name, the manufacturer and release date. The systems are categorized by their hardware type and sorted in ascending order according to their release date.

Take a look at our compatibility list to see which system is supported on a platform and what emulator/core is used.

Arcades were venues in which many games were played at, often containing thousands of games. Arcades often got their revenue from players who paid to play games. Most arcade emulators focus on emulating many systems in one program, the scope of which varies between projects.

system name release date manufacturer full name
mame 19xx Various Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
fbneo 19xx Various FinalBurn Neo
daphne 1978 Various DAPHNE
model2 1993 Sega Sega Model 2
model3 1996 Sega Sega Model 3
naomi 1998 Sega Sega NAOMI
atomiswave 2003 Sammy Sammy Atomiswave

Video game consoles were targeted mainly for the home consumer market and are usually sold on a 5-7 year cycle called a generation, with consoles made with similar technical capabilities or made around the same time period grouped into the generations. Note that generation definitions aren't a rigid definition of power; some consoles from a particular generation were a lot more/less powerful than others in the same generation. It's more about its time of release.

system name release date manufacturer full name
First/Second generation
channelf 1976 Fairchield Fairchild Channel F
atari2600 1977 Atari Atari 2600
o2em 1978 Magnavox / Philips Magnavox Odyssey 2
intellivision 1979 Mattel Intellivision
atari5200 1982 Atari Atari 5200
colecovision 1982 Coleco ColecoVision
vectrex 1982 Milton Bradley Vectrex
Third generation (the 8-bit era)
nes 1983 Nintendo Nintendo Entertainment System
sg1000 1983 Sega Sega SG-1000
scv 1984 Epoch Co. Super Cassette Vision
mastersystem 1985 Sega Sega Master System
fds 1986 Nintendo Family Computer Disk System
atari7800 1986 Atari Atari 7800
Fourth generation (the 16-bit era)
pcengine 1987 NEC TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine
megadrive 1988 Sega Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
pcenginecd 1988 NEC TurboGrafx-CD / PC Engine CD
supergrafx 1989 NEC PC Engine SuperGrafx
snes 1990 Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System
neogeo 1990 SNK Neo Geo
amigacdtv 1991 Commodore Commodore CDTV
gx4000 1991 Amstrad Amstrad GX4000
segacd 1991 Sega Sega CD / Mega CD
snes-msu1 1992 (canceled) Nintendo Super NES CD-ROM
sgb 1994 Nintendo Super Game Boy
Fifth generation (the 32-bit/early 3D era)
jaguar 1993 Atari Atari Jaguar
3do 1993 Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
amigacd32 1994 Commodore Amiga CD32
sega32x 1994 Sega Sega 32X
psx 1994 Sony Sony PlayStation
pcfx 1994 NEC PC-FX
neogeocd 1994 SNK Neo Geo CD
saturn 1994 Sega Sega Saturn
virtualboy 1995 Nintendo Virtual Boy
satellaview 1995 Nintendo Satellaview
sufami 1996 Bandai SuFami Turbo
n64 1996 Nintendo Nintendo 64
Sixth generation
dreamcast 1998 Sega Sega Dreamcast
n64dd 1999 Nintendo Nintendo 64DD
ps2 2000 Sony Sony PlayStation 2
gamecube 2001 Nintendo Nintendo GameCube
xbox 2001 Microsoft Microsoft Xbox
Seventh generation
wii 2006 Nintendo Nintendo Wii
ps3 2006 Sony Sony PlayStation 3
Eighth generation
wiiu 2012 Nintendo Nintendo Wii U
Fantasy consoles
uzebox 2007 Uzebox Open-Source console
pico8 2015 Lexaloffle Games PICO-8 fantasy console
tic80 20xx TIC-80 fantasy console

Handheld consoles are small, portable self-contained video game consoles with a built-in screen, game controls and speakers. They are smaller than home video game consoles and contain the console, screen, speakers, and controls in one unit, allowing people to carry them and play them at any time or place. Generations are in reference to their home console time frames, in terms of power consider them a generation and a half behind.

system name release date manufacturer full name
First generation
gameandwatch 1980 Nintendo Game & Watch
Fourth generation
gb 1989 Nintendo Game Boy
gb2players 1989 Nintendo Game Boy 2 Players
lynx 1989 Atari Atari Lynx
gamegear 1990 Sega Game Gear
supervision 1992 Watara Watara Supervision
Fifth generation
gbc 1998 Nintendo Game Boy Color
gbc2players 1998 Nintendo Game Boy Color 2 Players
ngp 1998 SNK Neo Geo Pocket
ngpc 1999 SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
wswan 1999 Bandai WonderSwan
wswanc 2000 Bandai WonderSwan Color
Sixth generation
gba 2001 Nintendo Game Boy Advance
pokemini 2001 Nintendo Pokémon Mini
Seventh generation
nds 2004 Nintendo Nintendo DS
psp 2004 Sony PlayStation Portable
Eighth generation
3ds 2011 Nintendo Nintendo 3DS

Batocera supports many famous classic computer platforms from famous vendors like Apple, Commodore and Atari. Common media types for these systems were tapes/cassettes, be sure not to confuse them with the ordinary audio tape!

system name release date manufacturer full name
apple2 1977 Apple Apple II
pet 1977 Commodore Commodore PET
atari800 1979 Atari Atari 800
c20 1980 Commodore Commodore VIC-20
pc88 1981 NEC NEC PC-8800
zx81 1981 Sinclair Sinclair ZX81
x1 1982 Sharp Sharp X1
zxspectrum 1982 Sinclair Sinclair ZX Spectrum
c64 1982 Commodore Commodore 64
pc98 1982 NEC NEC PC-9800
msx1 1983 Microsoft Microsoft MSX1
amstradcpc 1984 Amstrad Amstrad CPC
thomson 1984 Thomson Thomson MO/TO Series Computer
cplus4 1984 Commodore Commodore Plus/4
atarist 1985 Atari Atari ST
msx2 1985 Microsoft Microsoft MSX2
c128 1985 Commodore Commodore 128
apple2gs 1986 Apple Apple IIGS
amiga500 1987 Commodore Amiga 500
x68000 1987 Sharp Sharp X68000
msx2+ 1988 Microsoft Microsoft MSX2plus
fmtowns 1989 Fujitsu FM Towns
amiga1200 1992 Commodore Amiga 1200
msxturbor 1993 Microsoft Microsoft MSX turboR

Instead of a full system emulator ports often concentrate on a particular game or game engine. Batocera supports several (source) ports, game engine recreations and new game engines.

system name description
cannonball Enhanced OutRun Engine
cavestory A free pixel styled 2D platformer
devilutionx Source port of Diablo and Hellfire
easyrpg RPG Maker compatible RPG engine
ecwolf Source port for Wolfenstein 3D engine
fpinball Future Pinball allows playing self made pinball tables
lutro A portable game engine for retro games
mrboom 8 player Bomberman clone
mugen Game engine for fighting games
openbor 2D side scrolling game engine
prboom Source port for classic Doom based games
pygame Python based engine designed for writing video games
scummvm Source port for adventure and role-playing games like Monkey Island series
sdlpop Source port of Prince of Persia game
solarus A game engine for 2D Action RPGs designed with 16-bit era in mind
sonicretro Enhanced Sonic 1, 2 and Sonic CD (from Android/iOS versions)
tyrquake Source port of the Quake 1 engine including Addons
xash3d_fwgs Source port for playing classic Valve games like Half-Life

Batocera supports different additional applications that can be used to play software and games from other systems like DOS or Windows. If you're having difficulty running Windows apps using WINE specifically, refer to the WINEtricks page.

system name description
dos x86 emulator DOSBox for old DOS games
flash Flash player for playing Adobe Flash based games
flatpak Install native Linux software, categorized as a port
moonlight Open source implementation of NVIDIAs GameStream protocol
steam Valve's PC game distribution store
ports Contains both manually install native Linux games and functions as a group of all the ports, categorized for convenience
windows Play windows games using Wine, categorized as a port
windows_installers Install windows software using Wine
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