Thank you for your in-dept pros and cons, I appreciate it a lot!
Funny you mentioned the USB-Hub because I have been thinking about that as well. How does it work out when you play like 4 people on the Hub, is there some issues with the controllers?
nope! in fact i’ve played with 5 before. it being powered may be important as excessive USB power drain can cause issues with undervolting.
You mentioned about the bottleneck of many games on the emulationstation, which Raspberry pi have you been using when you saw that? I have the 4 B version. This is my first Raspberry pi so I can't compare it unfortunately with anything...... I haven't faced any issues with the loading but yes I don't have like 100 roms hehe.
i have heard of slow boots with pi3 for sure. however this’ll anecdotal stuff from years of support. i’ve not heard of it in a while. my pi4 takes a few minutes to boot - i have several 1000 roms, but i keep it on 24/7