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Eclipse 0.0.018

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Eclipse for BigBox is a different kind of theme.  Rather than using the normal theme engine, it uses a plug-in to build the user interface from the ground up.  The goal for this plug-in is to provide: 

  • Netflix style user interface with multiple lists of games on the screen at one time
  • Voice search
  • Random game function


Platform list view

Eclipse - Platform List.png


Game detail view

Eclipse - Game Details.png


Options for categorizing games

Eclipse - Options.png


Startup theme

Eclipse - Startup Theme.png


Shutdown theme

Eclipse - Exit Theme.png


Attract mode (screen saver)





Installation Instructions
1. Download: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/3220-eclipse/
2. Extract the contents to a folder
3. Inside the Eclipse folder is a folder called LaunchBox
4. Copy the Plugins, StartupThemes, and Themes folders
5. Go to your Launch Box installation folder and paste the copied folders
6. Open Big Box
7. Esc to get to options
8. Select Options > Views
9. Set Theme to Eclipse
10. Set Platforms List View to Platform Wheel 1
11. If you want to use the startup theme, Options > Game Startup
    - Uncheck Show "Loading Game..." Message
    - Check Enable Startup Screen
    - Startup Theme: Eclipse
    - Minimum Startup Screen Display Time: 5 seconds
    - Maximum Startup screen Display Time: 5 seconds
    - Check Hide Mouse Cursor on Startup Screens
12. Go back - the first time the theme starts will take a long load time to generate the image cache
13. NOTE - If you get any errors, you can check the log file called Eclipse.txt in your LaunchBox folder and message me on the forums to let me know

General usage
- Up, Down, Left, Right - moves around
- Enter - selects something
- Escape - cancel or go back - pressing it will get you back to the BigBox settings where you can exit the application
- Page Up - pick a random game
- Page Down - voice search

- Bezel images can be displayed around the preview videos
- The system will first look for a game specific bezel. If not found, it will look for a platform specific bezel. If not found, it will look for a default bezel. 
- A few default bezels are provided with the installation. You can delete them from the folders specified below if you prefer the videos without bezels.

Game specific bezels
- The system tries to find a game specific bezel image in the following order:

1. In plug-in media directory:

- Here {CleanGameTitle} replaces any invalid characters with an underscore. Characters like ' and : cannot appear in file names so they are replaced with an underscore
- For example: A bezel file for the game "19XX: The War Against Destiny" should have the following path and file name ..\LaunchBox\Plugins\Eclipse\Media\Images\Arcade\Bezel\19XX_ The War Against Destiny.png

MAME bezels
- If a game specific bezel isn't found in the plug-ins media folder as described above, then the program will look into the MAME installation folder. In order for MAME bezels to work, installing the bezel project for MAME would create files with this structure:


Retroarch bezels
- Bezels installed by the bezel project for retroarch will go into a folder location like this:


Platform specific bezels
- These are used if there are no game specific bezels found
- You can specify a different image for horizontally and vertically oriented games so that they fit appropriately
- The platform specific bezel image files must have the following file names and locations:

System default bezels
- These are used if there are no game specific or platform specific bezels found
- You can specify a different image for horizontally and vertically oriented games so that they fit appropriately
- The default bezel image files must have the following file name and location:

Looking for feedback

I'm looking for any suggestions that would make this theme better.  What's currently on my list for improvements:

  1. New option to add a game to a playlist from the game detail screen
  2. New option to display game manuals from the game detail screen
  3. Improve image cache logic to better detect differences between LB images and plugin image cache
  4. Use VLC for video playback 
  5. Option to flip box art 
    1. This could be expanded a bit more to 
  6. Show achievements in game details
  7. Improvements to the options side-panel that opens up under the gear (add some icons and make it look a little less "blah")
  8. Several ideas for configuration options
    1. Default category and list to pick when opening 
    2. Minimum number of games required to be included in a category
      1. This would allow you to eliminate lists don't have more than 1 game showing in the series category for example
  9. Improvements to the loading screen to make it prettier
  10. Performance improvements for loading times by doing more work in the background
  11. Overhaul of entire codebase
    1. Support for any resolution or aspect ratio - currently this only works (well) on 16:9 screens
    2. Make game lists more dynamic - the implementation of the lists uses a bunch of static image controls 
    3. Localization

If anyone thinks of anything that could make this theme better, I'd be interested to hear it!

Source Code
If you're interested in the source code, it's (not pretty and it's) available here: 

Edited by Fry
Adding suggestion

What's New in Version 0.0.018   See changelog


Added setting under Other, "Display eclipse options on escape".  Default behavior is when you press escape from the game list, it opens the side pane to let you select which metadata field you want to group lists.  Uncheck this box and pressing escape will bypass this pane and go straight to the BigBox settings.

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· Edited by grki

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

The Netflix like menu navigation makes it very convenient to launch games through the collection.

I use it as a standard theme when my Gaming PC is connected to the TV.

Compared to the known BigBox themes - this is something unique! 👍





Below is screen recording of my BigBox setup with Eclipse theme. I'm using there custom box/cover images and video trailers:



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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Nice job ! Adding multiple artwork options for games would be a + 

Response from the author:

Thank you for the feedback!  Sorry for the very late response.  If you still have ideas on this, I've started working on this project again and I'm curious what you had in mind for adding multiple artwork options for a game?  How would you like to see that work?  Are you thinking to have the fan art that displays in the top right could automatically cycle to other art every so often?  If you have specific ideas on how you'd like to see this implemented, please leave me a comment in the comments tab and I'll add it to my backlog.

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· Edited by Kinglifer

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Not sure if it has been brought up already but the load time to build the images could be optimized somehow? for me none of the arcade games icons (Posters) are generated for some reason. They all have Nintendo carts.


Besides that... simply gorgeous. Why? Well, when a kid can look and be excited and not confused at what they want then you know you got a winnter.

Response from the author:

Yeah, the load time is a top issue.  Unfortunately it is going to take a rewrite to address that so it will probably be some time before I can fix this.  

Regarding arcade showing Nintendo carts, what is shown is based on your Box Front Priority.  In LaunchBox, Tools > Options > Media > Box Front Priorities.  For me, I have them in this order: 

  • Advertisement Flyer - Front
  • Box Front
  • Box Front Reconstructed 
  • Fanart Box Front
  • Then you might want to include posters for steam, GOG, amazon, etc...

For arcade games, make sure you have advertisement flyer front images downloaded.


Thank you for the kind words.  The intuitive nature of the netflix style app is one of the main reasons I wanted to build this.  People see this UI, they see things they recognize and instantly know what to do. 

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· Edited by CrocketRauncher

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After 7+ years, I was finally tinkering around with the idea of leaving Hyperspin for Launchbox with the free version for a week or two in early November.

Then I saw Eclipse and immediately pulled the trigger for the full price of a Lifetime update license for Bigbox! (And totally missed the Black Friday sale by a week in my haste XD) You should get a commission ;)

I've been running it on a couple arcade cabinets and I really really love the look and feel to the work Fry has done here. Thank you for creating this!


5/5 - Very easy to install, just follow the instructions in Fry's video.


4.5/5 - For an early version it's highly functional and looks great. I'm super impressed how it all comes together.

A couple minor critiques:

  • You may struggle with long lists of games. Netflix UI doesn't show you every movie they have to stream, but what you're most likely to enjoy and then leave it to the user to search. I think it could work like that in the future with an option to have only your high % games show based on what you've played, depending on how that algo develops to your preferences. 
  • Loading does take awhile, but since I'm new to Bigbox I don't really have anything to compare it to.
  • You can rename steam webm movies to .mp4 and they'll run, easy workaround.
  • I don't really understand the caching and sometimes need to delete artwork for it to pick up new cover art. Even though I flush "all" the cache. This is probably a bigbox thing.
  • I think it'd look really cool if the top right movie quarter could play a little under the box art/titles, giving it the appearance that the box art slightly "floats" over the small movie preview. This may be a bigbox limitation though so no big deal, it looks great already. The black background under the box art stands out a little in contrast.
  • I'd really enjoy if there was something like a "Most Played" row, a "Least Played" row or similar... showing 20-30 titles each. I think there's a lot here that can be done to add/remove discovery options to configure.


This is a beautiful and amazing theme that I'd be down to donate for continued updates. My wife (who's not a gamer) exclaimed how insanely cool it was when she first saw and played through with it. It's REALLY nice to have a front end that people know how to use intuitively when they sit down.

Thanks again. Highly recommend everyone try this gem out.

Response from the author:

Thanks for the kind words. I agree with all the criticism here. This theme does not work well with very long lists and gigantic collections.  I find between 50 and 300 games in a list is the sweet spot.  At least on my machine if I hold down the right button I can scroll through 300 games in a few seconds,  Things start slowing down when you get more than that.  This was the main reason that I wanted to implement the voice recognition search.

The loading time is a major issue that I want to address with a full rewrite of the plugin code so I can implement a better performing wheel and load things asynchronously so it won’t slow you down while in the application.  

I also need to improve the video playback by implementing a VLC player.  That should give support for webm videos.

The caching is the approach I took to improve performance of scrolling around in this theme.  It is totally disconnected from the big box cache as big box caches images in its own way for its own purposes. What’s going on there is your box front images are all different sizes.  When the program grabs those images to display on the screen, it has to scale them to the height of the wheel.  If that scaling takes place while the application is loading you will feel it with sluggish or jittery movement in the wheel.  So when it loads the first time it scales all the images to the size that will display on the screen.  Then subsequent loads will not need to do this scalding (other than for any new images).  I think there is a flaw in how it identifies what is a new image.  If you change an image file out in launchbox and it has the same name as the old file then Eclipse won’t see it.  I need to improve my caching to work more like the BigBox caching and avoid this issue.

I can look at changing the size of the video preview so that it slides a bit under the boxes on the first row of games.

Adding a least played and most played list would be pretty easy. I think there is a need for a configuration screen with some settings to allow you to turn these types of options off and on and specify how many games you would want to see in those special lists.

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· Edited by The Dad King

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The look and feel is almost like a Netflix for games…it could use a little refinement…add in the video previews as I haven’t seen how to get that to work or not…maybe game music too….and a little more control ability from a controller rather than having to use a keyboard and mouse…unless someone else knows how and I’m just not seeing it…but otherwise this theme is the best one so far and I’m glad I got it.....





EDIT: Alright so I found the setting for the videos...thanks for that...also the controllability I'm talking about is the ability to exit the game without having to use a keyboard mostly...I am able to exit the game by just hitting the Xbox button when Im on launchbox...but wont do that on Big Box with this theme active...idk if its just something Im doing wrong or if its something that has to be enabled within the theme or something...


The refinement is more along the lines of load times and stuff to make it feel more like Netflix...but for games...

Response from the author:


it could use a little refinement

Agreed and I'm open to suggestions so if you have ideas on how it could be refined, don't hesitate to post them in the comments section.


add in the video previews as I haven’t seen how to get that to work or not

If you're running the latest version of the plug-in, you may want to confirm in LaunchBox under Tools > Options > Other and make sure that the disable videos option is not checked.  Video previews should work if you have videos for your games.  There is a known issue with .webm videos not playing so if your videos are .webm, I believe they won't play with this theme and need to be converted to mp4.  On my backlog for future enhancements is to support VLC for video previews which I believe would resolve the webm issue.   


maybe game music too

I can add support for game music to my backlog   


and a little more control ability from a controller rather than having to use a keyboard and mouse…unless someone else knows how and I’m just not seeing it

Your controller should work if it works with other BigBox themes.  BigBox plug-ins support up, down, left, right, page up, page down, enter, and escape.  Do you have your controller working with other themes?  There is a setting in the BigBox options menu that lets you configure your controller to work with big box themes and if you have it working for normal themes then it should work with this one as well.  


Thanks for the kind words and please feel free to post any suggestions you have for improvements in the comments and I'll be happy to take them under consideration for future updates!

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