I didn’t work on the image during the last two weeks, but want to know what would be relevant for a next release.
The auto expand feature for the SD card is already in the sources, and will work in the next release.
I want to have a feedback, and know what is the direction we should take for future releases, so I kindly ask you to answer the two survey in this post.
Regarding the HDMI, it is really a pity that we don’t have audio working, but I can say that the driver we have is much better (speaking of the video ) than what we have on the original GameShell image because it is integrated inside the kernel, so I plan to keep it.
I took the HDMI driver source code from a developer that is trying to have this driver on mainline kernel. He was saying that he would try to enable the audio, not very clear though. I tried contact with him but he never replied. At this point I don’t know if I should try to work harder on it, or just wait for someone do it. I already spent days trying to fix this issue without success, I can say that having his driver working properly in the GameShell is already a big plus. Try to have this driver with sound myself will consume a lot of time (months…?) and I’m not sure if I would be able to get it in the end. I’m just a physicist that happens to like to code, and I’m doing it for hobby, I’m not a developer for any means . Another thing that I though to ask you guys is how many of you think that the HDMI is relevant and you REALLY use it? So could, you answer it below?
- HDMI is fundamental on GameShell, and I use it frequently.
- I use HDMI but I don’t bother having the audio on the GameShell speaker/headphone for the time being.
- I barely use HDMI.
- I don’t use HDMI at all.
I consider HDMI audio the biggest problem of the image right now, but let’s also think what else we can do. I prepared a list of things that I think I can do (no promises) and want to know what people are more interested.
The USB mass storage can enable the GameShell to appear as a storage disk on the computer for easier file transferring. I noticed in the forum that many people have difficulties to transfer files, this could help. The problem is that we need to create a new partition/file on the GameShell file system, this will consume some disk space, and the files cannot be accessed at the same time by the computer and GameShell.
Bluetooth audio could be possible if I can increase the transfer speed, but I don’t know. Also, this will decrease the performance in some demanding games since we need
pulseaudiorunning all the time.
Custom RetroArch. With actual image I tried to not include any pre compiled binaries (besides the BT firmware loader). But I think I can include a custom made RetroArch with some useful features for GameShell like: screen brightness control, shutdown, restart, sleep, wifi control, hardware monitoring…
So, please answer below. Feel free to suggest things you want of course.
- USB mass storage (GameShell will appear as a drive on the PC for file transfering).
- Bluetooth audio.
- Custom RetroArch.