Adding Arcade Front End Software
Information on Arcade Front End Software That Works With Your Existing Game Emulators On Your PC
ARCADE FRONT END SOFTWARE
FOR ADVANCED USERS LOOKING TO TAKE THEIR PC ARCADE EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Please note, arcade front end software is not at all necessary to play your arcade games. You can certainly still play your games and emulators one at a time by navigating to them directly in Windows as traditionally accessed like your day to day software. Adding arcade front end software to your existing emulaters and games will however improve your home arcade experience and impress your friends and family.
WHAT IS ARCADE FRONT END SOFTWARE
HOW IT WORKS
First download and and install your game emulators on your PC and make sure your games (ROMS) are tested running. Please click here if you have not yet downloaded your emulator software.
Choose the Arcade Front End Software You Wish to Use From the List Below.
Follow the set up information on the videos below and use the specific forms for support and set up assistance.
List of arcade front ends
Hyperspin is a front end, it is not a game or an emulator. A front end is a menu system that can launch other programs and emulators from one menu. Without a front end you would have to individually launch each program in Windows. If you're using an emulator you would also have to find and launch the games you want to play. Hyperspin simplifies that process by using a system of menus to launch your games.
One of the most popular front ends around and free to download for the basic version however, a premium version is available. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
LaunchBox was originally built as an attractive frontend to DOSBox, but has since expanded to support both modern PC games and emulated console platforms. LaunchBox aims to be the one-stop shop for gaming on your computer, for both modern and historical games.
A great front end growing in popularity everyday, free to download for the basic version and a premium version is also available.
Maximus Arcade is Windows-based software that allows you to relive thousands of classic games and creates seamless interaction with multiple arcade and console emulators while keeping the Windows environment hidden. Although best suited for use in computer-based arcade cabinets, it can be configured for use in a kiosk or simply running on a computer with a keyboard, trackball, or arcade joystick. It is widely-considered the easiest software for reliving classic games with emulators like MAME.
An easier to use front end than others that looks great and navigates very well. This is not a free software download, however, it is very affordable.
PinballX is a free digital pinball front end designed for digital pinball cabinets developed by the author of GameEx with components by Headsoft. It is compatible with HyperPin media and databases. Credit to Bill E for creating the first digital pinball front end publicy available HyperPin. PinballX would not have been possible without it or at the very least where it is now.
Best used with Pinball Game content and is free for download. If you are looking to incorporate a DMD and back glass screen, you will need this software to achieve these additional features.