If I clone my Raspberry Pi 3B+ SD card, which is set up with Retropie and heaps of ROM's on it, will it work if I put it in a Raspberry Pi 4?

I want to give a Retropie (3B+ or 4) to someone as a gift.

Should I just buy them a 3B+, since it is the exact same model as mine, since I know it will run flawlessly?

Or should I get a 4?

  • I just read on another thread that this might not be possible. But I can't figure out how to delete this question! Sorry about that!
    – James804
    Nov 21, 2023 at 14:55
  • You might instead want to include a link to that "other thread" since, while I'm not a retropie user, I don't see why this would not work -- generally speaking, you should be able to take a card from a 3 and put it into a 4 without too much pain ensuing.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 21, 2023 at 15:22
  • There should be a Delete item just below the tags listed below your question.
    – Seamus
    Nov 22, 2023 at 2:24

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Retropie has separate images for Pi3 and Pi4 so I don't believe cloning a Pi3 image to a Pi4 will work.


  • So if I go with the Pi4, is it as easy as 1. downloading the new Pi4 image, 2. flashing it to a micro sd card, then 3. configuring controllers, and 4. loading the rom's? (I'm a bit of a novice!) Will I have to install the emulators also? When loading the ROMs, how do I read the retropie micro sd card on my windows machine?
    – James804
    Nov 22, 2023 at 6:37
  • Yes, it’s all documented on the retropie site. retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation Please mark the answer.
    – CoderMike
    Nov 22, 2023 at 11:57
  • I clicked the green tick. Is that marking the answer?
    – James804
    Nov 22, 2023 at 15:38

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