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26th March, 2018 - GameEx 15.20

This release is a significant update to GameEx and GameEx arcade edition but involves work mainly on the back end. There are also too many fixes to mention in this release but the original purpose of it was to upgrade the DirectX library from managed DirectX to SlimDX. In addition all video rendering is now GPU hardware accelerated. This all provides significant stability and performance improvements, especially on older hardware. On newer hardware 4k 60fps video previews are no issue at all.

There is also a fixed and improved GameLauncher mode and the background snap theme and mode is working as expected again.

Again, there are many fixes in and minor improvements in this release. You may find some issues you had fixed and because the changes are so substantial I will provide the previous releases in case I missed something in my regression testing.





18th February, 2018 - PinballX 2.60

PinballX 2.60 released

Performance is significantly improved with this release

The DirectX library has been transitioned to SlimDX with help from Ben Baker

Bass audio library has been upgraded to the latest version

The limit on company logo images has been increased to 70 from 60

Startup audio and GameEx online is working again

New 'Launch' Keyboard and Gamepad control to immediaitly launch a game and skip the info screen.

A belated happy new year from me. Enjoy

17th January, 2018 - GameEx 15.10

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.10 released.

Features new and improved support for 4k / UltraHD

11th December, 2017 - GameEx founders upgrade to GameEx Online

GameEx 15.07 has arrived and with this release all GameEx founding members have been given an upgrade to GameEx Online, the GameEx repository and the GameEx and PinballX FTP service.

Anyone who purchased a full license since GameEx was founded in 2005 now receives:

No catch, just enjoy.

Merry Christmas.

11th November, 2017 - Big seasonal updates

Introducing PinballX 2.50, GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 15.00

Big updates for the season.

These are mainly performance improvement related releases with general optimizations to key functions as well as rendering and the executable compiles.

This should hopefully result in better FPS and speed improvements throughout although obviously it will be more noticeable on lower end machines.

With GameEx several other areas have been improved for performance such as the Jukebox, loading Game Info, the Movie Library and getting Meta Data.

In addition the YouTube feature is now working again and the Move Library has been improved significantly. Getting Meta Data for the movie library is now much quicker to and downloading music artist and album images is working again.

I also made the decision to make the Media Library and DVD/BluRays on disk features free for all users and no longer a registered version feature.

I am toying with the idea of releasing a sub version of GameEx without gaming features, purely as a free HTPC solution. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

In preparation for the season I, and behalf of all of my loyal team and friends who work alongside me wish you all the best, happy thanksgiving, happy Hanukkah, Eid, Kwanzaa and Merry Christmas!.

29th September, 2017 - GameEx 14.93

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.93 released.

  • Fixes Karaoke
  • Fixes downloading in Setup.exe
  • Improved wheel and list animations.
  • For GameEx Arcade Edition MAME arcade games are automatically put onto another a separate menu if you have more than 2 other systems setup.


26th September, 2017 - PinballX 2.40

PinballX 2.40 has been released and now officially includes integrated Pinball FX3 support.


6th September, 2017 - GameEx 14.90

A major new feature for developers in this release. Introducing AddIns.

Addins allow you to programmatically create your own modules (lists and menus) and play, list and launch anything..

You can for example create your own video or multimedia modules somewhat similar to how some Kodi AddOns work.

It's not overly complicated to get started and there is a full example available here.

They are also now part of the official GameEx repository.

I am happy to answer any questions.

29th August, 2017 - GameEx 14.83

GameEx 14.83 released

  • Radio stations now start to play much faster.
  • New background video for GameEx default theme
  • GameEx now uses the smoother frame rate please wait animation from GameEx Arcade Edittion.
  • Fiexs pop up descriptions showing wrong MAME game descriptions.
  • Automatic artwork downloader now downloads MAME ICONs
  • GZIP (gz) support for premium members.


26th August, 2017 - PinballX 2.37

PinballX 2.37 released.

  • Fixes backglass screenshots
  • Fixes "Tables" translation text


10th August, 2017 - New GameEx Kodi Add-On

A new GameEx Kodi add-on is now available allowing GameEx to be launched from recent Kodi versions.

The automated add-on included with the GameEx installer no longer works with recent versions of Kodi and the option will be removed from the installer for the next GameEx release


29th June, 2017 - GameEx 14.82

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.82 released.

A new version of the setup wizard by Ben Baker is included which fixes several reported issues and also shows some of the new design of the setup wizard that will be available in GameEx Evolution.

Also with this release, game manuals are now not a registered only feature.

18th June, 2017 - Introducing Xmatch

XMatch is the official Spesoft and GameEx artwork matching utility for matching your artwork and video files to your game filenames.

  • Common sense matching. Not overzealous.
  • Reports on non matches.
  • Ability to use a single media file to replace anything not matched.
  • Same logic as EmuMovies Sync
  • Simple to use. Only the needed the features

Download here.

1st June, 2017 - GameEx 14.81
New error reporting application and feature.

31st May, 2017 - GameEx 14.80
  • The search games feature is now available in GameEx Arcade Edition, GameEx Lite and MAME only mode.
  • Added Chinese (Simplified) language
  • GameEx will now use and fall back to downloading game media from the gamesdb.net if EmuMovies is unavailable.


23rd May, 2017 - GameEx 14.79

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.79 released.

  • System video backgrounds have been added to GameEx Arcade Edition. See video for demo.
  • Fixes font install issue on Windows 10 creators edition.
  • Fixes to attract mode when set to play videos and launch games.
  • GameEx now does a better job out of the box to hide the operating system when launching emulators.
  • The emulator loading image needs to be used in a non default theme now. So its your choice to use it or not.

30th April, 2017 - GameEx 14.78

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.78.

This release improves MAME game name descrtiptions.

In addition when updating the MAME game list, GameEx will produce PinballX compatible XML game lists in the DATA\PINBALLX folder.

If you are in the UK (and Europe?) happy May Day.

16th April, 2017 - GameEx 14.77
GameEx and GameEx arcade edition 14.77 released. Just a minor update. Now shows the loading image when running full screen exclusive. There is now a global launching image that can be displayed when launching a game. Theme/Media/Launching.png. I fthis file exists it will be shown.

30th March, 2017 - GameEx sale still on.

There are still 130 coupons available

I am giving away 200 GameEx lifetime premium licenses away at half price.

Just use coupon code: 64E58

First come first served.

26th March, 2017 - GameEx 14.76
Fixes GameEx requiring administrator rights on some setups.

24th March, 2017 - GameEx Lifetime License Half Price

I am giving away 200 GameEx lifetime premium licenses away at half price.

Just use coupon code: 64E58

First come first served.

18th March, 2017 - GameEx 14.75
GameEx Arcade Edition now features support for Steam, Uplay and Origin online gaming platforms.

17th March, 2017 - GameEx 14.74

Signiffacnt updates to GameEx and GameEx Arcde Edition.

GameEx Arcade Edition now supports all otther emulated systems and not just arcade. Is this the best Arcade Cab and HTPC front end now available?

View at YouTube.

Fixes to the MAME list update and other systems matching is improved.

Fixes AAE showing black screen when launched

Fixes some user interface navigation issues.

Games in series now lists for other systems if MAME Arcade is being used

7th March, 2017 - GameEx and GameEx AE updated

GameEx and GameEx Arcade Edition 14.72 have been released. This release contaiins updates and fixes to the Setup Wizard thanks to GameEx team member Ben Baker. In addition the Setup Wizard no longer runs as administrator. This allows network paths and mapped drives to be selected for path settings more easily. The release adds support for AAE (Another Arcade Emulator) for launching the majority of arcade vector games in place of MAME if desired. The GameEx process is now set as DPI aware fixing windows scaling issues on some setups. Finally this release fixes quite a bad memory leak when displaying video and image previews so an upgrade is highly recommended from the last few versions as this could cause GameEx to crash.

In other news I have been playing with the GPD Win and another Cherry Trail Atom CPU based system. GameEx runs very well on these systems. I tested some of the other popular front ends or at least the paid ones and they were pretty much unusuable on these new fanless systems. GameEx Arcade edition and GameEx lite also seemed to be running well with the system that only had 2GB of RAM although it was tested with a version of Windows I had created with NTLITE. The GPD Win is the latest handheld gaming phenomenon and the other cherry trail systems are in my eyes Raspberry PI killers. The Minix Z84-3 is under $200 US and includes a licensed version of Windows 10. In addition ASUS have a PC stick for just over $100. Although the ASUS stick has a slower CPU than the other systems and only 2GB RAM. Still GameEx seemed to run very well on it. In my testing these systems run a lot better at 720P resolution. So that is something to mention.


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