Linux Distributions

ChimeraOS – turn any PC into a gaming console

ChimeraOS is a Linux-based PC operating system designed for a game console experience. It’s based on Arch Linux but no Linux experience is needed.

It runs Gamepad UI, the same interface used by the Steam Deck, allowing you to play most of your Steam library, but also allows you to install and play many non-Steam games through the built-in Chimera web app. The app also supports the Epic Games Store, FlatHub, and GOG.

Console platforms supported are: 32X, 3DO, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Dreamcast, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, GameCube, Game Gear, Genesis/Mega Drive, Jaguar, Master System, Neo Geo, Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Saturn, Sega/Mega CD, Super GameBoy, Super Nintendo, Super Nintento MSU1, and TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine.

It supports Xbox, PlayStation, Steam controllers and more.

Note, ChimeraOS only supports AMD Radeon RX 400 series or newer GPU. There is no support for NVIDIA or Intel GPUs.

Chimera web app features include:

  • Upload ROMs for supported console emulators.
  • Quick actions:
    • Adjust audio volume.
    • Adjust TDP of supported devices.
    • Load/save emulator state.
    • Restart steam.
    • Suspend/reboot/power off.
  • Built-in FTP server.
  • Enable SSH access.

Chimera web app

Working state:Active
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:frzr
Release Model:Fixed
Developer:Alesh Slovak, bouhaa, Joaquín Ignacio Aramendía, Matthew Anderson
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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