The focus here would be getting input about a Front End for an Emulation Box.
I've opted to do a small PC rather than a RaspPi 3. I managed to find one pretty cheap and plan to do either Windows (if working on it) or installing Lakka (RetroArch OS basically).
That being said... I wouldn't mind some input on possible Front Ends to use.
I have only used RetroArch, and it does pretty well and gets the job done. However it's not always my favorite and sometimes controllers can be a fit if you want to change up which controller you use.
I've heard of EmulationStation and used it briefly with the RaspPi 3. It looks pretty nice on the outside, but I ran into issues getting some covers and the controller setup for it didn't always feel great. Granted the main problem I had with my RaspPi was getting the controller to work right.
I heard about LaunchBox from MetalJesusRocks, and that one looks pretty great overall. Seems to have a wide variety of support... but it also costs if you want the full feature set. It's free to use , so I'll try it but wondered if anyone here had direct experience with it.
I'll also probably give EmulationStation another try and see if it works better on top of Windows.
I also found a couple of random ones (top results when I searched). They all vary in type and quality, but I'm gonna link them with short descriptions of what they look like. I'll definitely be trying them when I get my setup in though. Will post up what I think of some of them.
So far I've found...
https://www.gameex.com/ - (GameEx)This one looks... kinda plain. It almost makes me think of Kodi but for games? Granted Kodi works great, so this could be a winner in an unflattering dress.
http://www.mgalaxy.com/ - (MGalaxy) Looks pretty close to LaunchBox but a bit less detailed. They offer a lot of the same features and is free unless you want their databases. Premium is yearly or forever.
http://quickplay.sourceforge.net/ - (QuickPlay)This reminds me of MAME a lot. Not quite what I'm looking for a Front End. This one does have quite a bit of details though, so might be good if you aren't looking for fluff.
http://lusspace.free.fr/modules/news/ - (LusSpace) looks to be even more like MAME. I'm assuming this is where someone informs me it's one of the same people working on it. This has more details than and fancy screenshots than QuickPlay does.
http://scottrice.github.io/Ice/ - (ICE) Okay I actually recognize this one. I have a friend who uses it. It looks pretty nice overall, but it looks like it's going to piggyback on Steam. I got mixed feeling about that.
http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/ - (HyperSpin) This one is very colorful and just almost feels like too much. It also costs money which I was hoping to avoid... so gonna hard pass this one.
http://feelfrontend.altervista.org/ - (FEEL) This looks to be another big contender. It doesn't look too over the top but just enough to work as a nice frontend. Might come down to what my emulator box (nothing fancy) can handle.
http://emuloader.mam...ld.info/emucon/ - (Emucon) This uses a weird, simplistic database that seems to feature more picture than details. I can't describe it any better.
http://attractmode.org/index.html - Another one focused for more of a media/game center look. Probably another one that I'll be more interested in since that's my focus.
At the end of the day, they all seem to do the same thing, so I'll just have to run through them all and find what works best. I'll be sure to post up after I try things out.
My main focus is a front end that displays well on a TV and interface that allows for multiple, different controllers. Ease of use as well as games supported will play decent parts as well.
Again, if anybody has any inputs on any of these, please let me know!