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Vertical Screens



  • New here, and apologize if this is in the wrong spot.

    I am thinking of making a RetroPie build using a vertical screen and had a few questions about it. I have seen that there is some rewriting of boot files to get it to rotate, but once it's rotated I wondered a few things:

    • If using a vertical 4:3 screen, are there bezels to fill out the screen when playing horizontal games? I've seen great bezels and effects but they are always demonstrated on horizontal screens.

    • Can a 16:9 screen be used vertically, with a segment of the screen dedicated to displaying a Marquee above the game area? I am thinking that the marquee would take up enough space leaving the equivalent of the 4:3 screen area. With a neat bezel, it would look like 2 screens.

    I am sure there is more, but my reading online and watching videos has kind of left me without many answers to these few questions. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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    @morpie said in Vertical Screens:

    Can a 16:9 screen be used vertically, with a segment of the screen dedicated to displaying a Marquee above the game area? I am thinking that the marquee would take up enough space leaving the equivalent of the 4:3 screen area. With a neat bezel, it would look like 2 screens.

    if you made one, sure. you can do overlays of any size.



  • Thanks,
    So what you're saying is just make an overlay that has the marquee in it. I never thought to think it was that easy. I suppose if I had a divided bezel, that may interfere some with the main menu and such? Or is there a way to program it to have that section of the screen blank/unused when not playing a game? Like if I were in the Retropie menus etc?


  • Global Moderator

    @morpie overlays are only active when running the libretro (lr-) emulators/games of your choosing.



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