New Pi User, Pi2 vs B+

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    Hello everyone, I have just recently found out about the existence of RetroPie and the possibilities. As an avid gamer in his late twenties i have such good memories of playing all these classic games. So it got me thinking to start make my own RetroPie console.

    So I have no experience with the Raspberry Pi whatsoever, nor do I have any programming knowledge.

    So my first problem is which RBP to buy? The all new Pi2 or the older B+, I have read the Pi2 compatibilty topic and it seems its getting more stable by the day.

    So would it be recommended to start with a Pi2 from scratch at this point, or is the Pi B+ is safer option since the software is farther developed?

    Thanks in advance,



    Depends which systems you wish to emulate? The B+ will emulate most 16 bit and older consoles/systems no problem apart from SNES which has some issues on certain games (mainly super fx games) MAME/FBA also runs well generally. Anything after 16 bit era is hit and miss but performance gets an instant boost on the new Pi 2 according to members on this forum (don’t own a Pi 2 yet myself) which makes previously unplayable games playable. If you can get a good deal on the B+ and are aware of it’s limitations it’s a good starting point as there is plenty of info on this forum to get you up and running. The Pi 2 is the same form factor as the B+ so any cases you purchase will fit the Pi 2.

    Lastly it’s important to get a decent micro SD card (Samsung class 6 are reliable in my experience) and a 2A power supply, this applies to both models.

    If you have found the solution to your problem please mark the topic as resolved.



    Its primarily for SNES and NES, but if I could run N64/PS1, that would be great too.

    Addiotionally I would also like to be able to convert it to a mediaplayer.



    I would get a pi2.



    Ok thanks for the advice so far, I went ahead and ordered a Pi2, should arrive tomorrow hopefully!

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