Cloud based save states
RetroBoxTV “God save the states” release is finally out!
This is the first update that brings some features ONLY for Activated Accounts (AA). This is because the new features will increase the load in our servers, and some features don’t make sense to free users anyway because they see only a few games.
The main feature (AA only) is of course, cloud based save states and memory cards. This basically means that you can play a game in one device and continue playing in another device. The save states and memory cards are now tied to your user account, it doesn’t matter what device you are using.
At the beginning, if you already have more than one device, the first one will upload all its save states and memory cards, the following devices will only upload the files that are not in the cloud to prevent overwriting, and it will only download the files that are not in the current device, again to prevent overwriting. Once you get all your devices running, the new saves will turn into the official ones for your account.
With this new feature, the current user interface for save/load states and slot selection was not cutting it. There was no way to distinguish between current and previous save states so I made a complete change on how the emulators handle that part. As you can see in the screenshots attached, now all save states are shown with a screenshot of the moment they were created, that will help you to recognize easily what slot has what state. The only emulator where I couldn’t get screenshots was the N64 emulator, for now it will only show the N64 logo, but I hope to revisit that code in the future.
The cloud based save states will be free to all AA for now, but if this feature turns to be an storage issue in the future, we may have to bring a way to fund it, but don’t worry, we thought that the worst case would be a small yearly subscription fee.
Another new feature is the Playstation multidisc support. Just put all the files in one folder and RetroBoxTV will offer a “change disk” option.
The “last played” game list was stored in the device, now it has been moved to the user account. That will help multi-device users find their latest played games anywhere.
For AA accounts using TV devices I added some new lists to the front page, this lists will help you find games that other people consider that are worth playing. The new lists are: Trending this week, Most popular and Most favorited. We show each game in one list only, so you will get up to 75 recomemndations from those lists.
And the last one. To stop ES Explorer causing issues with RetroBoxTV, there will be a warning message if RetroBoxTV detects that you left ES Explorer running.