Ability to rotate EmulationStation GUI

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    First off, Retropie is fantastic, and I really appreciate the hard work of everyone who contributes to the project!

    For anyone who wants to play Retropie in a vertical orientation, it’s a well documented problem that rotating the whole system in /boot/config.txt causes performance issues.

    However, Retroarch and MAME4all-pi both allow rotation in their configs, so if there were a way to rotate the EmulationStation GUI (system/game select), we would be all set! The command-line wouldn’t be oriented correctly, but I think this would be a fair trade-off for improved performance when playing games vertically.

    I’m not sure how easy this would be to do, or if it’s even possible, but I thought I’d put it out there! 🙂



    See https://github.com/Aloshi/EmulationStation/issues/265 – will require code changes.



    Okay, so from what I can see someone was working on it, but it never got finished (they were trying to rotate 180 degrees, though I’m referring to a 90 or 270 degree rotation … same idea though).

    I’m not a programmer, but would this not be something worth looking at in the future as a built-in option? Since this is the area where we can suggest further enhancements, I just thought it would be a good idea, since it would make Retropie a bit more versatile for arcade cabinet applications.

    Again, I’m very appreciative of everyone’s hard work 🙂



    yeh – different rotation, but the code would be adjusted in the same manner – however unless it ever becomes part of upstream ES i doubt we will ever add it as an option.



    yep seems a pretty obvious feature to me, I share your portrait pain.

    Emulation station portrait mode

    I even posted about it on the ES forums


    Maybe it will be a feature by the time we have a RPi4 🙂

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