Retro Games Limited has just announced that the long awaited functionality to be able to load game images onto TheC64 Mini from a USB stick will finally become available via a firmware update to be released on Monday 8 October 2018.
TheC64 Mini originally launched with limited capabilities when it came to being able launch your own images, requiring you to go through a convoluted method of using a set naming convention and loading the D64 image via the Basic Command application. Many enthusiasts were disappointed with this limitation and have been eagerly waiting for the firmware update (originally promised for early April) that would allow image libraries from a USB stick to be loaded in a straight forward and simple manner. Well, it appears that Retro Games Limited has finally delivered.
In describing the features of the new USB Loader, Retro Games Limited has stated:
Insert a USB stick and use the joystick to browse the content. If you need to, turn off the Fast Loader option by pressing button C on the joystick and then press FIRE to load the file. You can configure programs on a file-by-file basis, adjusting loading speeds, machine types, mapping joystick buttons and much more, or you can choose to use THEC64 Mini’s default settings.TheC64 Facebook Page
As part of the announcement, Retro Game Limited released a short video clip on YouTube (link above), providing a glimpse of the new launcher in action. The video suggests that the launcher will be able to accommodate cartridge images, including EasyFlash. It is unclear as to how TheC64 Mini will be able to handle multi-disk games or which image types will be accommodated, and we eagerly await the the firmware release to find out.