How to Play Games on Kodi

Media playback capabilities are what the Kodi media centre is well known for. It makes your music and movie collects look fantastic and offers some of the best playback features available. Everybody uses it for these media types but it is also possible to integrate gaming. With the aid of a simple plugin Kodi will allow you to add your game libraries and display full box art for your games. You can add your PC games and also your emulator rom sets. In the guide we will take you through the Kodi Rom Collection Browser plugin and show you how to import your first Kodi games library. The post will show you how to play games on Kodi. A full video tutorial is provided at the end of this post.

Best Game Controllers to be used with Kodi Gaming

Controller TypeManufacturerFeatures
XBOX 360 ControllerMicrosoft30 ft Range
XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming ReceiverMicrosoftConnect Multiple XBOX 360 Controllers to PC
Steam ControllerSteamOfficial controller of Steam OS
Nintendo Wii RemoteNintendoPerfect for Wii Emulators
Arcade Joystick for PCMayflashPerfect for Arcade Emulators

How to Play Games on Kodi

Our “How to Play Games on Kodi” guide is for users with Kodi installed on the Windows operating system. Before you begin you will need an install of Kodi, an installed emulator & rom set and the Rom Collection Browser plugin. We will assume you have your emulators and roms. You can download the latest Rom Collection Browser plugin below. Before you proceed check that you have the following items on your computer:

  • Ensure you have Kodi installed
  • Make sure that you have any emulators installed that you want to setup in Kodi
  • Check that you have the rom collections you want to launch ready to add as a Kodi games library
  • Download the Rom Collection Browser Kodi addon

You will also need an XInput compatible game controller. We recommend using an XBOX 360 Wireless Controller with the XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver.

A full video tutorial is provided at the end of this post.

Rom Collection Browser Download

The Kodi Rom Collection Browser plugin can be downloaded from the official repo. Find out how at the following link:

Download Rom Collection Browser Addon from the Official Kodi Repository

Before we install the Rom Collection Browser plugin we need to create a folder on your computer that will hold your box artwork for your games collections. This can be placed anywhere you like but I recommend that you create a subfolder folder inside the Kodi folder called “Rom Artwork”. You can create sub folders for each system below this if you like but at least it keeps all of your Kodi data together. Ensure that Kodi has the relevant permissions to write to this folder.

Rom Collection Browser Setup

Once you have downloaded the Rom Collection Browser plugin launch Kodi and install it. If you never installed a Kodi addon visit our How to Install Kodi Addons page here and follow the step by step guide.

Once installed, on the Kodi main menu click on Programs and you will see Rom Collection Browser listed in your available programs. Click on it and it will launch the addon for the first time. When it loads you will be presented with the following screen asking you to create a config file.

how to play games on kodi

Click “Yes” and it will setup a fresh file. The screen that follows will ask you what you want to do with the artwork that Rom Collection Browser uses for your games.

how to play games on kodi

The first option “Scrape game info and artwork online” will download your box art on the fly when the addon is launched. The second option “Game info and artwork are available locally” will download all artwork so that it is available when your media centre has no connection to the internet. You can choose which option to take here but we are going to go with option one.

Setting up an Emulator in Rom Collection Browser

When you select your artwork option it will then ask you to select a folder for the artwork to be downloaded. Navigate to the folder you created at the start of this guide and click OK. Next you will be asked to show what type of Kodi games library you want to add and which games system it is for. For our “How to Play Games on Kodi” guide we will select the N64 option shown below:

how to play games on kodi

The next screen requires you to enter any emulator parameters. For the majority of system emulators the default option is fine. Command line parameters can be added here if the particular emulator requires them. This part maybe trial and error. If you are unsure click on “Done” and you can see what result you get when you have completed this guide.

how to play games on kodi

Now you will need to tell Rom Collection Browser where to find the emulator for this system. Navigate to the executable file of your emulator. For us we need to select the Project64.exe found in the Project64 install folder and click “OK”. Once this is complete you will be asked to provide your rom locations.

Configure Your Kodi Games Library

The screenshot below shows the next screen in the process asking you to declare the file extensions that Kodi is to associate with this Kodi game library. For our N64 example we have declared both .zip and .n64 file types. Separate each extension with a comma as show below:

how to play games on kodi

And finally you are asked the question “Do you want to add another Rom Collection”. Click Yes if you want to add more emulators or another Kodi games library. I suggest you do one at a time to ensure that each one is working. Rom Collection Browser will now prompt you to import all of your games and roms. This may take some time depending on how big your collections are as it needs to download all artwork for each game.

And that completes our “How to Play Games on Kodi” guide. To access your Kodi game libraries simply go to Programs on your Kodi home screen and select Rom Collection Browser. You will now see all of your games listed with full box art and game information. When you click on a game it will call on the required emulator and launch the title. Please note that although Kodi will launch the emulator and the game they are two separate applications. You may need to configure settings within the emulator such as full screen or game controller support to finish. To exit and return to Kodi simply exit the emulator.

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