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VICE, the Versatile Commodore Emulator

Background

VICE is a program that runs on a Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, BeOS, QNX 4.x, QNX 6.x, Amiga, Syllable or Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C64DTV, the C128, the VIC20, practically all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610/C510). An extra emulator is provided for C64 expanded with the CMD SuperCPU.

The VICE cores have been authored by

  • VICE Team

The VICE cores are licensed under

A summary of the licenses behind RetroArch and its cores can be found here.

Extensions

Content that can be loaded by the VICE cores have the following file extensions:

Floppies

  • .d64
  • .d6z
  • .d71
  • .d7z
  • .d80
  • .d81
  • .d82
  • .d8z
  • .g64
  • .g6z
  • .g41
  • .g4z
  • .x64
  • .x6z
  • .nib
  • .nbz
  • .d2m
  • .d4m

Tapes

  • .t64
  • .tap

Read-only memory

  • .prg
  • .p00
  • .crt
  • .bin

Other

  • .cmd
  • .m3u
  • .vfl
  • .vsf
  • .zip
  • .7z
  • .gz

Additional extensions for VIC-20:

  • .20
  • .40
  • .60
  • .a0
  • .b0
  • .rom

Databases

RetroArch database(s) that are associated with the VICE cores:

BIOS

Required or optional firmware files go in the frontend's system directory (system/vice).

All required files are embedded, ergo these files are optional.

C64 (fast/accurate)

Filename Description md5sum
JiffyDOS_C64.bin JiffyDOS C64 Kernal be09394f0576cf81fa8bacf634daf9a2
JiffyDOS_1541-II.bin JiffyDOS 1541 drive BIOS 1b1e985ea5325a1f46eb7fd9681707bf
JiffyDOS_1571_repl310654.bin JiffyDOS 1571 drive BIOS 41c6cc528e9515ffd0ed9b180f8467c0
JiffyDOS_1581.bin JiffyDOS 1581 drive BIOS 20b6885c6dc2d42c38754a365b043d71

C64 SuperCPU

Filename Description md5sum
JiffyDOS_C64.bin JiffyDOS C64 Kernal be09394f0576cf81fa8bacf634daf9a2
JiffyDOS_1541-II.bin JiffyDOS 1541 drive BIOS 1b1e985ea5325a1f46eb7fd9681707bf
JiffyDOS_1571_repl310654.bin JiffyDOS 1571 drive BIOS 41c6cc528e9515ffd0ed9b180f8467c0
JiffyDOS_1581.bin JiffyDOS 1581 drive BIOS 20b6885c6dc2d42c38754a365b043d71
scpu-dos-1.4.bin CMD SuperCPU Kernal 1.4 cda2fcd2e1f0412029383e51dd472095
scpu-dos-2.04.bin CMD SuperCPU Kernal 2.04 b2869f8678b8b274227f35aad26ba509

SuperCPU Kernal files go in system/vice/SCPU64.

C128

Filename Description md5sum
JiffyDOS_C128.bin JiffyDOS C128 Kernal cbbd1bbcb5e4fd8046b6030ab71fc021
JiffyDOS_C64.bin JiffyDOS C64 Kernal be09394f0576cf81fa8bacf634daf9a2
JiffyDOS_1541-II.bin JiffyDOS 1541 drive BIOS 1b1e985ea5325a1f46eb7fd9681707bf
JiffyDOS_1571_repl310654.bin JiffyDOS 1571 drive BIOS 41c6cc528e9515ffd0ed9b180f8467c0
JiffyDOS_1581.bin JiffyDOS 1581 drive BIOS 20b6885c6dc2d42c38754a365b043d71

Features

Frontend-level settings or features that the VICE cores respect.

Feature Supported
Restart
Screenshots
Saves
States
Rewind
Netplay
Core Options
RetroAchievements
RetroArch Cheats
Native Cheats
Controls
Remapping
Multi-Mouse
Rumble
Sensors
Camera
Location
Subsystem
Softpatching
Disk Control
Username
Language
Crop Overscan
LEDs

Directories

The VICE cores' internal core names are:

  • vice_x64
  • vice_x64dtv
  • vice_x64sc
  • vice_x128
  • vice_xcbm2
  • vice_xcbm5x0
  • vice_xpet
  • vice_xplus4
  • vice_xscpu64
  • vice_xvic

The VICE cores save/load to/from these directories.

Frontend's Save directory

  • 'content-name'.nvr (VIC-20 Mega-Cart cartridge battery save)
  • vice_printer.txt (Printer output in ASCII)
  • vice_work.d64 (Work disk in D64 format)
  • vice_work.d71 (Work disk in D71 format)
  • vice_work.d81 (Work disk in D81 format)

Frontend's State directory

  • 'content-name'.state# (State)

Geometry and timing

  • The VICE cores' core provided FPS is calculated accurately, but are approximately 50 for PAL and 59.940 for NTSC
  • The VICE cores' core provided sample rate is 22050/44100/48000/96000 Hz
  • The VICE cores' core provided aspect ratio is automatically set based on core options

  • The VICE C64 core's base width is 384

  • The VICE C64 core's base height is 272 for PAL, 247 for NTSC

  • The VICE VIC-20 core's base width is 448 for PAL, 400 for NTSC

  • The VICE VIC-20 core's base height is 284 for PAL, 234 for NTSC

M3U and Disk control

When you have a multi disk game, you can use a M3U playlist file to be able to change disks via RetroArch Disc Control interface.

A M3U file is a simple text file with one disk per line (Wikipedia).

Example:

Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems).m3u

Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 1 of 3 Side A)(Game).d64
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 1 of 3 Side B)(Surface).d64
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 2 of 3 Side A)(Dungeon).d64
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 2 of 3 Side B)(Populace A).d64
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 3 of 3 Side A)(Populace B).d64
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 3 of 3 Side B)(Populace C).d64

Path can be absolute or relative to the location of the M3U file.

When the game asks for it, you can change the current disk in the RetroArch "Disc Control" menu:

  • Eject the current disk with "Eject Disc"
  • Select the right disk index with "Current Disc Index"
  • Insert the new disk with "Insert Disc"

By default, RetroArch will display the filename (without extension) of each M3U entry when selecting a disk via the Current Disc Index drop-down menu. Custom display labels may be set for each disk using the syntax: DISK_FILE|DISK_LABEL. For example, the following M3U file:

Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems).m3u

Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 1 of 3 Side A)(Game).d64|Game
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 1 of 3 Side B)(Surface).d64|Surface
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 2 of 3 Side A)(Dungeon).d64|Dungeon
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 2 of 3 Side B)(Populace A).d64|Populace A
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 3 of 3 Side A)(Populace B).d64|Populace B
Ultima VI - The False Prophet (1990)(Origin Systems)(Disk 3 of 3 Side B)(Populace C).d64|Populace C

...will be shown in RetroArch's disk selection menu as:

1: Game
2: Surface
3: Dungeon
4: Populace A
5: Populace B
6: Populace C

If DISK_LABEL is intentionally left blank (i.e. DISK_FILE|) then only the disk index will be displayed.

For games that require a dedicated save disk, one may be generated automatically by entering the following line in an M3U file: #SAVEDISK:VolumeName. VolumeName is optional and may be omitted. For example, this will create a blank, unlabelled disk image at disk index 5:

Elite (1985)(Firebird Software).m3u

Elite (1985)(Firebird Software).d64
#SAVEDISK:

Although one save disk is normally sufficient, an arbitrary number of #SAVEDISK:VolumeName lines may be included. Save disks are located in the frontend's save directory, with the following name: [M3U_FILE_NAME].save[DISK_INDEX].d64.

Save disks generated by the #SAVEDISK: keyword are automatically assigned the label: Save Disk [SAVE_DISK_INDEX].

Extra M3U features

  • #COMMAND:<commands>
    • Pass arguments to VICE (place first, core name can be skipped)
  • #SAVEDISK:<label>
    • Create a save disk in saves
  • #LABEL:<label>
    • Alternative label for the next entry
  • <disk>.d64:<prg>
    • Load a program instead of "*"
  • <disk>.d64|<label>
    • Set a friendly name (shown in "Disc Control")
  • <disks>.zip#<disk>.d64
    • Specify a disk inside a ZIP with multiple disks (not needed with single file ZIPs)

M3U playlist supports disks, tapes, cartridges and programs.

ZIP support

ZIPs are extracted to a temporary directory in saves, bypassing the default frontend extraction.
The temporary directory is emptied but not removed on exit. ZIP is not repacked, which means saves and highscores are lost.

This allows:

  • Automatic M3U playlist generation of all files
  • The use of zipped images in M3Us

Usage

Default controls

RetroPad button Action
D-Pad Joystick
Left Analog Mouse/paddles
B Fire button
X Space
L2 Escape (RUN/STOP)
R2 Enter (RETURN)
Select Toggle virtual keyboard
Keyboard key Action
F12 Toggle statusbar
RControl Switch between joyports
End Reset

Virtual keyboard

The VICE cores have a virtual keyboard that can be accessed by default through RetroPad Select.

The virtual keyboard can be controlled with:

  • RetroPad

    Button Action
    D-Pad Move
    B Keypress
    A Toggle transparency
    Y Toggle ShiftLock
    X Press Space
    Start Press Return
  • Keyboard

    Key Action
    Cursors Move
    Enter Keypress
    CapsLock Toggle ShiftLock
  • Mouse

  • Touch screen

The virtual keyboard has these additional actions:

  • ShiftLock off:
    • STB = Toggle statusbar
    • JOY = Switch joystick ports
    • TRF = Toggle turbo fire
  • ShiftLock on:

    • SVD = Create/Insert & remove save disk
    • ASR = Toggle aspect ratio
    • ZOM = Toggle zoom mode
  • Reset (Red key with undo icon, obeys 'Reset Type' core option)

  • Datasette controls (Reset, Play, Rewind, Forward, Stop)

Long press for sticky keys. Stickying the third key will replace the second.

Joyport control

Older C64 games tend to use joystick port 1 and newer ones tend to use port 2 for player 1. There are several ways to switch ports in this core:

  • Use the core option: Quick Menu -> Options -> RetroPad Port
  • Bring up the virtual keyboard with Select button, and press the key labeled JOY
  • Press the default keyboard shortcut Right Control
  • Assign Switch Joyport to any RetroPad button under Quick Menu -> Options
  • Rename the game, eg. Bruce_Lee_j1.tap or Bruce_Lee_(j1).tap for port 1, and similarly Bruce_Lee_j2.tap or Bruce_Lee_(j2).tap for port 2
  • Add -j1 or -j2 parameters in custom command line .cmd

Core options

The VICE cores have the following option(s) that can be tweaked from the core options menu. The default setting is bolded.

Settings with (Restart) means that core has to be closed for the new setting to be applied on next launch.

C64 (fast/accurate/SuperCPU) specific

  • Model [vice_c64_model] (C64 PAL auto|C64 NTSC auto|C64C PAL auto|C64C NTSC auto|C64 PAL|C64 NTSC|C64C PAL|C64C NTSC|C64SX PAL|C64SX NTSC|PET64 PAL|PET64 NTSC|C64 GS PAL|C64 JAP NTSC)

    'Automatic' switches region per file path tags.

  • JiffyDOS [vice_jiffydos] (disabled|enabled)

    For D64/D71/D81 disk images only!

    ROMs required in system/vice:
    - JiffyDOS_C64.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1541-II.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1571_repl310654.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1581.bin

C64 (fast/accurate) specific

  • RAM Expansion Unit [vice_ram_expansion_unit] (none|128kB|256kB|512kB|1024kB|2048kB|4096kB|16384kB)

    Changing while running resets the system!

C64 SuperCPU specific

  • SuperCPU SIMM Size [vice_supercpu_simm_size] (0|1|2|4|8|16)

    Changing while running resets the system!

  • SuperCPU Speed Switch [vice_supercpu_speed_switch] (disabled|enabled)

  • SuperCPU Kernal [vice_supercpu_kernal] (0|1|2)

    JiffyDOS does not work with the internal kernal!

    ROMs required in system/vice/SCPU64:
    - scpu-dos-1.4.bin
    - scpu-dos-2.04.bin

C128 specific

  • Model [vice_c128_model] (C128 PAL|C128 NTSC|C128 DCR PAL|C128 DCR NTSC)

  • Video Output [vice_c128_video_output] (VICII|VDC)

  • GO64 (Restart) [vice_c128_go64] (disabled|enabled)

    Start in C64 compatibility mode.

  • JiffyDOS [vice_jiffydos] (disabled|enabled)

    'True Drive Emulation' & 1541/1571/1581 drive & ROMs required in system/vice:
    - JiffyDOS_C128.bin
    - JiffyDOS_C64.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1541-II.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1571_repl310654.bin
    - JiffyDOS_1581.bin

VIC-20 specific

  • Model [vice_vic20_model] (VIC20 PAL auto|VIC20 NTSC auto|VIC20 PAL|VIC20 NTSC|VIC21)

    'Automatic' switches region per file path tags.

    'VIC21' = Super VIC (+16K) NTSC

  • Memory Expansion [vice_vic20_memory_expansions] (none|3kB|8kB|16kB|24kB|35kB)

    Can be forced with filename tags (8k) & (8kb) or directory tags 8k & 8kb.

    Changing while running resets the system!

PLUS/4 specific

  • Model [vice_plus4_model] (C16 PAL|C16 NTSC|PLUS4 PAL|PLUS4 NTSC|V364 NTSC|232 NTSC)

CBM-II specific

  • Model [vice_cbm2_model] (610 PAL|610 NTSC|620 PAL|620 NTSC|620PLUS PAL|620PLUS NTSC|710 NTSC|720 NTSC|720PLUS NTSC)

CBM-II 5x0 specific

  • Model [vice_cbm5x0_model] (510 PAL|510 NTSC)

PET specific

  • Model [vice_pet_model] (2001|3008|3016|3032|3032B|4016|4032|4032B|8032|8096|8296|SUPERPET)

Common

  • Read 'vicerc' [vice_read_vicerc] (disabled|enabled)

    Process first found 'vicerc' in this order:
    1. 'saves/[content].vicerc'
    2. 'saves/vicerc'
    3. 'system/vice/vicerc'

    All available options are dumped in system/vice/vicerc-dump-[corename].

  • Reset Type [vice_reset] (autostart|soft|hard|freeze)

    • 'Autostart' hard resets and reruns content
    • 'Soft' keeps some code in memory
    • 'Hard' erases all memory
    • 'Freeze' is for cartridges
  • Cartridge [vice_cartridge] (disabled)

    Cartridge images go in 'system/vice/[corename]'.

    Changing while running resets the system!

  • Autostart [vice_autostart] (disabled|enabled|warp)

    'ON' always runs content, 'OFF' runs only PRG/CRT, 'Warp' turns warp mode on during autostart loading.

  • Automatic Load Warp [vice_autoloadwarp] (disabled|enabled|disk|tape)

    Toggle warp mode during disk and/or tape access.

    Mutes 'Drive Sound Emulation'. 'True Drive Emulation' required!

  • True Drive Emulation [vice_drive_true_emulation] (disabled|enabled)

    Loads much slower, but some games need it.

    Required for 'JiffyDOS', 'Automatic Load Warp' and LED driver interface!

  • Virtual Device Traps [vice_virtual_device_traps] (disabled|enabled)

    Required for printer device, but causes loading issues on rare cases.

    Enabled forcefully by disabling 'True Drive Emulation'.

  • Floppy Write Protection [vice_floppy_write_protection] (disabled|enabled)

    Set device 8 read only.

  • EasyFlash Write Protection [vice_easyflash_write_protection] (disabled|enabled)

    Set EasyFlash cartridges read only.

  • Global Work Disk [vice_work_disk] (disabled|8_d64|9_d64|8_d71|9_d71|8_d81|9_d81)

    Global disk in device 8 is only inserted when the core is started without content.

Video options

  • Show Video Options [vice_video_options_display] (disabled|enabled)

    Page refresh by menu toggle required!

  • Pixel Aspect Ratio [vice_aspect_ratio] (auto|pal|ntsc|raw)

    Hotkey toggling disables this option until core restart.

  • Zoom Mode [vice_zoom_mode] (disabled|small|medium|maximum|manual)

    Crop borders to fit various host screens.

    Requirements in RetroArch settings:
    - Aspect Ratio: Core provided
    - Integer Scale: Off

  • Zoom Mode Crop [vice_zoom_mode_crop] (both|horizontal|vertical|16:9|16:10|4:3|5:4)

    'Horizontal + Vertical' & 'Maximum' removes borders completely. Ignored with 'Manual' zoom.

  • Manual Crop Top [vice_manual_crop_top] (0-60)

  • Manual Crop Bottom [vice_manual_crop_bottom] (0-60)

  • Manual Crop Left [vice_manual_crop_left] (0-60)

  • Manual Crop Right [vice_manual_crop_right] (0-60)

  • Statusbar Mode [vice_statusbar] (bottom|bottom_minimal|bottom_basic|bottom_basic_minimal|top|top_minimal|top_basic|top_basic_minimal)

    • 'Full': Joyports + Current image + LEDs
    • 'Basic': Current image + LEDs
    • 'Minimal': Track number + FPS hidden
  • Virtual KBD Theme [vice_vkbd_theme] (auto|auto_outline|brown|brown_outline|beige|beige_outline|dark|dark_outline|light|light_outline)

    By default, the keyboard comes up with RetroPad Select.

  • Virtual KBD Transparency [vice_vkbd_transparency] (0%|25%|50%|75%|100%)

    Keyboard transparency can be toggled with RetroPad A.

  • Color Depth (Restart) [vice_gfx_colors] (16bit|24bit)

    '24-bit' is slower and not available on all platforms. Full restart required.

  • Light Pen/Gun Pointer Color [vice_joyport_pointer_color] (disabled|black|white|red|green|blue|yellow|purple)

    Crosshair color for light pens and guns.

Color palette options

VIC-II (C64, C128, CBM-II 5x0)
  • VIC-II Filter [vice_vicii_filter] (disabled|enabled|enabled_medblur|enabled_lowblur)

    CRT emulation filter with custom horizontal blur.

  • VIC-II Color Palette [vice_external_palette] (default|colodore|pepto-pal|pepto-ntsc|pepto-ntsc-sony|cjam|c64hq|c64s|ccs64|community-colors|deekay|frodo|godot|pc64|ptoing|rgb|vice)

    'Colodore' is recommended for the most accurate colors.

  • VIC-II Color Gamma [vice_vicii_color_gamma] (2800|1000-4000)

    Gamma for the internal palette.

  • VIC-II Color Brightness [vice_vicii_color_brightness] (1000|20-2000)

    Brightness for the internal palette.

  • VIC-II Color Contrast [vice_vicii_color_contrast] (1000|20-2000)

    Contrast for the internal palette.

  • VIC-II Color Saturation [vice_vicii_color_saturation] (1000|20-2000)

    Saturation for the internal palette.

  • VIC-II Color Tint [vice_vicii_color_tint] (1000|20-2000)

    Tint for the internal palette.

VIC (VIC-20)
  • VIC Filter [vice_vic_filter] (disabled|enabled|enabled_medblur|enabled_lowblur)

    CRT emulation filter with custom horizontal blur.

  • VIC Color Palette [vice_vic20_external_palette] (default|colodore_vic|mike-pal|mike-ntsc|vice)

    'Colodore' is recommended for the most accurate colors.

  • VIC Color Gamma [vice_vic_color_gamma] (2800|1000-4000)

    Gamma for the internal palette.

  • VIC Color Brightness [vice_vic_color_brightness] (1000|20-2000)

    Brightness for the internal palette.

  • VIC Color Contrast [vice_vic_color_contrast] (1000|20-2000)

    Contrast for the internal palette.

  • VIC Color Saturation [vice_vic_color_saturation] (1000|20-2000)

    Saturation for the internal palette.

  • VIC Color Tint [vice_vic_color_tint] (1000|20-2000)

    Tint for the internal palette.

TED (PLUS/4)
  • TED Filter [vice_ted_filter] (disabled|enabled|enabled_medblur|enabled_lowblur)

    CRT emulation filter with custom horizontal blur.

  • TED Color Palette [vice_plus4_external_palette] (default|colodore_ted|yape-pal|yape-ntsc)

    'Colodore' is recommended for the most accurate colors.

  • TED Color Gamma [vice_ted_color_gamma] (2800|1000-4000)

    Gamma for the internal palette.

  • TED Color Brightness [vice_ted_color_brightness] (1000|20-2000)

    Brightness for the internal palette.

  • TED Color Contrast [vice_ted_color_contrast] (1000|20-2000)

    Contrast for the internal palette.

  • TED Color Saturation [vice_ted_color_saturation] (1000|20-2000)

    Saturation for the internal palette.

  • TED Color Tint [vice_ted_color_tint] (1000|20-2000)

    Tint for the internal palette.

CRTC (CBM-II, PET)
  • CRTC Filter [vice_crtc_filter] (disabled|enabled|enabled_medblur|enabled_lowblur)

    CRT emulation filter with custom horizontal blur.

  • CRTC Color Palette [vice_cbm2_external_palette] (default|green|amber|white)

  • CRTC Color Palette [vice_pet_external_palette] (default|green|amber|white)

Audio options

  • Show Audio Options [vice_audio_options_display] (disabled|enabled)

    Page refresh by menu toggle required!

  • Drive Sound Emulation [vice_drive_sound_emulation] (disabled|5%|10%|15%|20%|25%|30%|35%|40%|45%|50%|55%|60%|65%|70%|75%|80%|85%|90%|95%|100%)

    'True Drive Emulation' & D64/D71 disk image required.

  • Datasette Sound [vice_datasette_sound] (disabled|5%|10%|15%|20%|25%|30%|35%|40%|45%|50%|55%|60%|65%|70%|75%|80%|85%|90%|95%|100%|-1)

    TAP tape image required.

    '-1': 100% + Mute

  • (VIC-II/VIC/TED) Audio Leak Emulation [vice_audio_leak_emulation] (disabled|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10)

  • SID Engine [vice_sid_engine] (FastSID|ReSID|ReSID-FP)

    'ReSID' is accurate, 'ReSID-FP' is more accurate, 'FastSID' is the last resort.

  • SID Model [vice_sid_model] (default|6581|8580|8580RD)

    C64 has '6581', C64C has '8580'.

  • SID Extra [vice_sid_extra] (disabled|0xd420|0xd500|0xde00|0xdf00)

    Second SID base address.

  • ReSID Sampling [vice_resid_sampling] (fast|interpolation|fast resampling|resampling)

    'Resampling' provides best quality. Defaults to 'fast' on low-power systems and x64-core.

  • ReSID Filter Passband [vice_resid_passband] (0|10|20|30|40|50|60|70|80|90)

  • ReSID Filter Gain [vice_resid_gain] (90|91|92|93|94|95|96|97|98|99|100)

  • ReSID Filter 6581 Bias [vice_resid_filterbias] (-5000|-4500|-4000|-3500|-3000|-2500|-2000|-1500|-1000|-500|0|500|1000|1500|2000|2500|3000|3500|4000|4500|5000)

  • ReSID Filter 8580 Bias [vice_resid_8580filterbias] (-5000|-4500|-4000|-3500|-3000|-2500|-2000|-1500|-1000|-500|0|500|1000|1500|2000|2500|3000|3500|4000|4500|5000)

  • SFX Sound Expander [vice_sfx_sound_expander] (disabled|3526|3812)

  • Output Sample Rate [vice_sound_sample_rate] (22050|44100|48000|96000)

Input options

  • Analog Stick Mouse [vice_analogmouse] (disabled|left|right|both)

    Override analog stick remappings when non-joysticks are used.
    'OFF' controls mouse/paddles with both analogs when remappings are empty.

  • Analog Stick Mouse Deadzone [vice_analogmouse_deadzone] (0|5|10|15|20|25|30|35|40|45|50)

  • Analog Stick Mouse Speed [vice_analogmouse_speed] (0.5|0.6|0.7|0.8|0.9|1.0|1.1|1.2|1.3|1.4|1.5|1.6|1.7|1.8|1.9|2.0)

  • D-Pad Mouse Speed [vice_dpadmouse_speed] (3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12)

  • Mouse Speed [vice_mouse_speed] (10|20|30|40|50|60|70|80|90|100|110|120|130|140|150|160|170|180|190|200)

    Affects mouse speed globally.

  • Userport Joystick Adapter [vice_userport_joytype] (disabled|CGA|HIT|Kingsoft|Starbyte|Hummer|OEM|PET)

    Required for more than 2 joysticks, for example IK+ Gold with 3 players.

  • Keyrah Keypad Mappings [vice_keyrah_keypad_mappings] (disabled|enabled)

    Hardcoded keypad to joyport mappings for Keyrah hardware.

  • Keyboard Keymap [vice_keyboard_keymap] (positional|symbolic|positional-user|symbolic-user)

    User-defined keymaps go in system/vice/[corename].
    - Positional: sdl_pos.vkm
    - Symbolic: sdl_sym.vkm

  • Keyboard Pass-through [vice_physical_keyboard_pass_through] (disabled|enabled)

    'ON' passes all physical keyboard events to the core. 'OFF' prevents RetroPad keys from generating keyboard events.

  • Datasette Hotkeys [vice_datasette_hotkeys] (disabled|enabled)

    Toggle all Datasette hotkeys.

  • Show Mapping Options [vice_mapping_options_display] (disabled|enabled)

    Page refresh by menu toggle required!

  • Toggle Virtual Keyboard [vice_mapper_vkbd] (---)

  • Toggle Statusbar [vice_mapper_statusbar] (RETROK_F12)

  • Switch Joyport [vice_mapper_joyport_switch] (RETROK_RCTRL)

  • Reset [vice_mapper_reset] (RETROK_END)

  • Hold Warp Mode [vice_mapper_warp_mode] (---)

  • Toggle Aspect Ratio [vice_mapper_aspect_ratio_toggle] (---)

  • Toggle Zoom Mode [vice_mapper_zoom_mode_toggle] (---)

  • Toggle Datasette Hotkeys [vice_mapper_datasette_toggle_hotkeys] (---)

  • Datasette Start [vice_mapper_datasette_start] (RETROK_UP)

  • Datasette Stop [vice_mapper_datasette_stop] (RETROK_DOWN)

  • Datasette Rewind [vice_mapper_datasette_rewind] (RETROK_LEFT)

  • Datasette Forward [vice_mapper_datasette_forward] (RETROK_RIGHT)

  • Datasette Reset [vice_mapper_datasette_reset] (---)

  • RetroPad Select [vice_mapper_select] (TOGGLE_VKBD)

  • RetroPad Start [vice_mapper_start] (---)

  • RetroPad B [vice_mapper_b] (---)

  • RetroPad A [vice_mapper_a] (---)

  • RetroPad Y [vice_mapper_y] (---)

  • RetroPad X [vice_mapper_x] (RETROK_SPACE)

  • RetroPad L [vice_mapper_l] (---)

  • RetroPad R [vice_mapper_r] (---)

  • RetroPad L2 [vice_mapper_l2] (RETROK_ESCAPE)

  • RetroPad R2 [vice_mapper_r2] (RETROK_RETURN)

  • RetroPad L3 [vice_mapper_l3] (---)

  • RetroPad R3 [vice_mapper_r3] (---)

  • RetroPad Left Analog Up [vice_mapper_lu] (---)

  • RetroPad Left Analog Down [vice_mapper_ld] (---)

  • RetroPad Left Analog Left [vice_mapper_ll] (---)

  • RetroPad Left Analog Right [vice_mapper_lr] (---)

  • RetroPad Right Analog Up [vice_mapper_ru] (---)

  • RetroPad Right Analog Down [vice_mapper_rd] (---)

  • RetroPad Right Analog Left [vice_mapper_rl] (---)

  • RetroPad Right Analog Right [vice_mapper_rr] (---)

  • RetroPad Turbo Fire [vice_turbo_fire] (disabled|enabled)

    Hotkey toggling disables this option until core restart.

  • RetroPad Turbo Button [vice_turbo_fire_button] (B|A|Y|X|L|R|L2|R2)

    Replace the mapped button with turbo fire button.

  • RetroPad Turbo Pulse [vice_turbo_pulse] (2|4|6|8|10|12)

    Frames in a button cycle.

  • RetroPad Port [vice_joyport] (1|2)

    Most games use port 2, some use port 1. Filename forcing or hotkey toggling disables this option until core restart.

  • RetroPad Port Type [vice_joyport_type] (1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16)

    Value Label
    1 Joystick
    2 Paddles
    3 Mouse (1351)
    4 Mouse (NEOS)
    5 Mouse (Amiga)
    6 Trackball (Atari CX-22)
    7 Mouse (Atari ST)
    8 Mouse (SmartMouse)
    9 Mouse (Micromys)
    10 Koalapad
    11 Light Pen (Up trigger)
    12 Light Pen (Left trigger)
    13 Light Pen (Datel)
    16 Light Pen (Inkwell)
    14 Light Gun (Magnum Light Phaser)
    15 Light Gun (Stack Light Rifle)
  • RetroPad Face Button Options [vice_retropad_options] (disabled|jump|rotate|rotate_jump)

    Rotate face buttons clockwise and/or make 2nd fire press up.

    Value Label
    disabled B = Fire
    jump B = Fire, A = Up
    rotate Y = Fire
    rotate_jump Y = Fire, B = Up

Controllers

The VICE cores support the following device type(s) in the controls menu, bolded device types are the default for the specified user(s):

User 1 - 5 device types

  • None - Input disabled.
  • RetroPad - Joypad - Standard one fire button joystick + customizable buttons with keyboard keys and hotkeys.
  • Joystick - Joypad - Standard one fire button joystick.
  • Keyboard - Keyboard - Keyboard input are always active. Has keymapper support.

Other controllers

  • Mouse - Paddles and mice, enabled only when 'RetroPad Port Type' has a non-joystick selected.

Controller tables

Joypad

Input descriptors for Retropad RetroPad Inputs
D-Pad Up
D-Pad Down
D-Pad Left
D-Pad Right
B / Fire
A
Y
X
Select
Start
L
R
L2
R2
L3
R3
Left Analog X X
Left Analog Y Y
Right Analog X X
Right Analog Y Y
Input descriptors for Joystick RetroPad Inputs
D-Pad Up
D-Pad Down
D-Pad Left
D-Pad Right
B / Fire

Keyboard

English positional layout

RetroKeyboard Special Inputs Commodore
Keyboard Backquote Left arrow
Keyboard Tab CTRL
Keyboard Escape RUN/STOP
Keyboard Left Control C= (Commodore)
Keyboard Backspace DEL
Keyboard Page Up RESTORE
Keyboard Home CLR/HOME
Keyboard Left Bracket @
Keyboard Right bracket *
Keyboard Insert £
Keyboard Delete Up arrow / Pi
Keyboard Backslash =

Last update: 2021-06-20
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