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Decorations & Bezels

Most of the TVs and computer screens in the 80s and 90s were 4:3. When you run them today on a 16:9 format monitor, there will be empty space on both sides.
The remaining space on the left and right side of the game can be filled with decorations (bezels).
Retrobat offers 3 types of decorations:
  • Decorations
  • The Bezel Project
  • Mega-Bezels

Decorations

Standard decorations are the simplest way to fill the left and right space.
They can be enabled from the MAIN MENU (Game Settings > Decorations), from the VIEW OPTIONS (Advanced System Options > Decorations) or from the GAME OPTIONS (Advanced Game Options > Decorations).
The following options are available:
Setting
Remark
AUTO
Reproduces the console or arcade machine decoration.
NONE
No decoration
AMBIANCE BROADCAST
AMBIANCE GAMEROOM
AMBIANCE MONITOR 1084S
AMBIANCE NIGHT
AMBIANCE VINTAGE TV
ARCADE 1980S
ARCADE 1980S VERTICAL
ARCADE VERTICAL DEFAULT
DEFAULT UNGLAZED
THEBEZELPROJECT
See The Bezel Project section
Here is an example of the AUTO setting for Super Nintendo:

The Bezel Project

The Bezel Project provides personalized bezels per gaming system, and for many of them even personalized bezels per game.

Downloading Bezels

You can download the bezels from the UPDATES & DOWNLOADS menu
Select THE BEZEL PROJECT and choose the system for which you want to download bezels.
Press
and confirm installation.
The download starts
Wait until completion of the installation
The downloaded Bezels are stored in the \decorations\thebezelproject\games folder:

Enabling Bezels

See the Decorations section.
Set the decoration option to THEBEZELPROJECT
Example of decoration from The Bezel Project:
To use per game Bezels, the rom file needs to have the exact same name as the bezel in the \decorations\thebezelproject\games folder.

Mega Bezels

The MegaBezel pack combines both Shaders and Bezels, it adds dynamic reflections on the bezel.
Mega Bezels can only be used with Libretro cores, it does not work with standalone emulators.

Downloading a MegaBezel pack

From the CONTENT DOWNLOADER, select Megabezels
The pack is downloaded in the \emulators\retroarch\shaders folder

Enabling Mega Bezels

Mega Bezels can be enabled from the MAIN MENU (Game Settings > Shader Set), from the VIEW OPTIONS (Advanced System Options > Shader Set) or from the GAME OPTIONS (Advanced Game Options > Shader Set)
There are multiple options available for each pack.
In addition, set DECORATIONS to NONE and GAME ASPECT RATIO to FULL
You can leave GAME ASPECT RATIO on "AUTO" if you are using a 4/3 screen.
Last but not least, Mega Bezels only work with VULKAN video driver, so ensure it is set properly in the Advanced Settings > Drivers menu
Here are some examples of Mega Bezel:

Customize Mega-bezels

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