There any way to exit RetroArch with both/either the controller and the Esc key?
Yes, escape key is the default. You should also be able to set a gamepad button for it in your config:
input_exit_emulator_btn = “nul”
change that “nul” to a button keycode (like ‘13’ or whatever). You could also add it to your gamepad’s autoconfig profile.
great thanks that’s very handy to know!