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Setting the ESC Key as the Exit Emulation Button

  • I'm having an issue exiting Atari2600 games. I Googled and I've seen a lot of answers on this but none of them work for me. It makes me wonder if I messed something up with my config. Is it possible to globally set the ESC key on my keyboard as the key that allows me to exit games?

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    @falcon00 The keyboard mapping are handled by the emulator you're running. If you're using a Libretro emulator, I think RetroPie keeps the default RetroArch setting for ESC as emulator exit.
    Please give more details about your setup, as requested in

  • I for sure read the readme before I started posting but I didn't think this was a super hard problem that required deep troubleshooting.

    I'm running a Raspberry Pie 3 with Retropie 4.4. Do you need more information than that? I've only been running for about a week now and I'm not totally clear how everything works and operates. So far it appears like there are layers.

    1. Linux at the bottom.
    2. Next would be Retropie software
    3. Emulation station runs in Retropie correct?
    4. Then emulators run on top of that.

    Do I have that software stack correct? Where do I check my keyboard mapping because ESC doesn't work for any emulator I'm using. Atari2600 (ls-stella) is the only place where I'm having a problem. All other emulators (NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy) I'm able to exit using select + start.

  • Got it. You have to go to the individual emulator retroarch.cfg file. This is what mine looks like now for atari2600 and it works.

    # Settings made here will only override settings in the global retroarch.cfg if placed above the includes.
    input_remapping_directory = "/opt/retropie/configs/atari2600/"
    input_enable_hotkey = "escape"
    input_exit_emulator = "escape"
    #include "/opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg"


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