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78w ago - Following up on the recent PS3 RetroArch v0.9.8 release, today PlayStation 3 developer CaptainCPS-X has made available a FB Alpha RL (Retro Loader) v1.00 for PS3 CFW 3.40 / 4.XX users with details below.

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To quote: Hiyas everyone, today I come with something that I've been working for the last few days, please read the documentation before using it, I know that some people don't usually like to read, but please take a minute to read and see what FB Alpha RL offers.

Note: I verified the problems with emulation of CPS-1, and it seems it is only happening on libretro port, not on the Windows official release of FB Alpha. I tried to see if I could find the issue, but I couldn't identify it.

Information:

As a dev from the official FB Alpha Team, FB Alpha RL was made with a objective in mind, to keep the original experience from the official FB Alpha (for Windows OS) on the PS3 system.

Even when I don't know how to implement a fancy GUI for the PS3 system with textures and all the complicated stuff, I managed to use my previous application core (gamePKG core) to create this nice frontend for RetroArch's FB Alpha core.

I know that RetroArch is already a frontend, but I like to keep things simple and straight to the point.

Please, read the technical info for more details.

Technical Info:

Signed for CFW 3.40 / 4.XX (should work for everyone). Tested at 1080p resolution via HDMI.

FB Alpha RL uses a custom "burn_drivers.h" header file that was generated by modifying the official windows version of FB Alpha with a routine to generate such file on launch.

The header have a big structure with all the information for all supported drivers in FB Alpha v0.2.97.28. Information such as:

  • Romset Name (Ex. kof2002)
  • Parent ROM (Ex. sf2)
  • Year
  • Manufacturer (Ex. Capcom)
  • System (Ex. Neo Geo)
  • Max players
  • Game Screen Resolution
  • Game Screen Aspect Ratio

Future release will have a custom generated header with all the ROM information as well, so the application will be able to verify every romset with precise CRC32 checks (as in the official FB Alpha for Windows).

FB Alpha RL will scan the following directories for ZIP files:

Specific directories:

/dev_hdd0/game/ROMS00000/USRDIR
/dev_hdd0/game/ROMS00000/USRDIR/fba
/dev_hdd0/game/SSNE10000/USRDIR/cores/roms

Generic directories:

/dev_*/roms
/dev_*/roms/fba

Devices scanned are:

dev_hdd0 (PS3 Internal HDD)
dev_usb000 (External USB)
dev_usb001 (External USB)
dev_usb002 (External USB)
dev_usb003 (External USB)
dev_cf (Compact Flash)
dev_sd (SD Card)
dev_ms (Memory Stick)

NOTE: You don't need the official RetroArch installed, this already has my own modified build incorporated into FB Alpha RL installation directory. So you can safely install the official RetroArch and it won't interfere.

Usage:

  • Use UP and DOWN to select Games.
  • Press (X) to Load the selected Game.
  • Press (O) to Quit and return to XMB.
  • Press [SELECT] to Load "RetroArch" (FB Alpha Core).

Features:

  • Auto configure screen Aspect Ratio on game load.
  • Quick ROM(s) scanning in extensive path locations.
  • Romset validation against FB Alpha v0.2.97.28 drivers library.
  • Checking for duplicate ROM(s).
  • Detailed info about listed ROM(s).
  • Full game name display for easier navigation.
  • Direct loading of ROM(s).
  • Simple GUI & nice application logos(LMAO xD).

WIP / Coming on future releases:

  • Set System Input preset on Game Load (Ex. NeoGeo.cfg / Shooters.cfg / etc).
  • Simple Input Mapping feature.
  • Display Extended ROM information by pressing (/\).

Changelog:

  • 1.00 (January 30, 2013) Initial Release

Thanks to:

  • My buddies Treble Winner (Barry) / Kev / IQ_132 from the original FB Alpha Team <3.
  • PS3 Scene websites (in no order) such as: PS3HAX / PSX-Scene / PS3Crunch / Etc, for you support
  • TheMaister / Twinaphex / Squarepusher / Company - Libretro/RetroArch is just amazing.
  • pete_uk - for your unofficial RetroArch builds.
  • STLcardsWS - for your support
  • aldostools - your ps3tools for windows are the best
  • deank - multiMAN helped me research / debug my application
  • fail0verfl0w, GeoHot, etc - for all you have done for the PS3 scene
  • Anonymous - for releasing Sony SDKs

Thanks to anyone else I forgot that in some way contributed to the PS3 scene and as a result I was able to do this homebrew application.

Source Code:

  • FB Alpha RL - github.com/CaptainCPS/FBAlphaRL
  • RetroArch (Modded for FB Alpha RL) - github.com/CaptainCPS/RetroArch
  • FB Alpha v0.2.97.28 (Modded to generate "burn_drivers.h")(Windows) - (coming soon, I'm organizing it)

SeeYa!

Update: I been working with v1.01 of FB Alpha RL and I'm almost done with the tedious coding. I had to rewrite many things so I could handle data more easily. I personally like to keep the code clean and understandable.

Here is the current WIP (Work In Progress) for the next version (this list is not final, everything listed here has been already implemented, there are a few other things coming up before I release):

Changelog:

1.01 (February 3, 2013)

  • Incremented number of displayed games.
  • Added quick list navigation by pressing L2 / R2.
  • Added Analog Stick support to navigate lists.
  • Added Main menu with various useful items.
  • Added ZIP Info feature (press [ ] to view ZIP info).
  • Updated FB Alpha (libretro) core.
  • (FBA core) Fixed graphic problems in CPS-1 driver.
  • (FBA core) Fixed Diagnostic Menu Lock-up in some games.
  • Added Screenshot feature (press (PS) and look in Photo XMB column).
  • Improved application core overall.

And here you have some screenshots. Thanks for the feedback and detailed info, I will try to release a properly signed EBOOT next time, hopefully it will work for everyone SeeYa!

Now this is the format of the new FBA_RL.ini (configuration) file that will be created the first time you run the application:

The Game list module has been updated with lot of stuff as well, and now as is mentioned on the change log, you will now be able to Filter games by System (CPS1, CPS2, NEOGEO, etc...) for easier navigation. The file browser is a WIP at this moment, but in a couple of days everything will be all working and ready for a beta release.

I am currently setting up the whole MAME 148 romset in place to make some extensive tests and see how the application handle the monster game list . Of course FB Alpha doesn't support all of them but it will definitely put some stress on the scanning process, so let's see. I'll be in touch soon with more details! thank you for your patience to those waiting for the next release.

I just added Game Preview display feature and made proper adjustments to the rendering code to support all common display modes: 1080p / 720p / 480p, I personally tested all resolution and they all work fine, the only note I would add is that I haven't tested on 4:3 TV / Monitor, but is rare for someone to be using a PS3 on one of those these days LOL.

The preview images will be always included on my releases, so you don't have to worry about looking for them . At this moment the collection is very complete, maybe some of them need to be re-named to match latest romsets, but I will take care of that with time.

For the record, Preview PNGs will be located in: /dev_hdd0/game/FBAL00123/USRDIR/cores/previews/

To give you an estimate time of release, probably in 2 or 3 days I will be ready to make a release with all working features if everything goes fine. SeeYa!








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#156 - PS3 News - 44w ago
Following his previous release, today PlayStation 3 developer CaptainCPS-X has made available a FB Alpha RL (Retro Loader) v1.03 for PS3 CFW 3.40 / 3.55 / 4.XX users with details below.

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To quote: Introduction - Welcome to the official guide and documentation for FB Alpha Retro Loader!

Before you begin, get comfortable, sit back and chill, because if you like arcade games & PlayStation 3, later on you will be having lots of fun!

In here you will find everything you need to know, so you can enjoy playing your favorite arcade games on your PlayStation 3 system. And not just that!, you will even find out how to enter their "Diagnostics" or "Test" menu, so you can change settings such as "Difficulty", "Free Play Mode", "Enable Blood", "Region Change" and more!

Please, do not throw away this opportunity and take a moment to read this guide. I guarantee that it will make your game experience a lot better!

These are the emulated arcade systems:

  • Capcom CPS-1
  • Capcom CPS-2
  • Capcom CPS-3
  • Cave
  • Data East DEC-0, DEC-8 and DECO IC16 based games
  • Galaxian based hardware
  • Irem M62, M63, M72, M90 and M92 hardware
  • Kaneko 16
  • Konami
  • Neo-Geo
  • Pacman based hardware
  • PGM
  • Psikyo 68EC020 and SH-2 based hardware
  • Sega System 1, System 16 (and similar), System 18, X-Board and Y-Board
  • Toaplan 1
  • Toaplan 2
  • Taito F2, X, Z and others
  • Miscellaneous drivers for lots of other hardware

Latest Release

  • Version: v1.03
  • Released: September, 22, 2013

ChangeLog: v1.02a FB Alpha RL

Enabling Neo-Geo Universe Bios (Uni-Bios)

Enabling the option will load Neo-Geo games with these BIOS instead of the standard ones. You must make sure to have the proper "neogeo.zip" from MAME v0.149 romset.

What's the difference you might ask? Everything!, Uni-Bios allow you to do so many things, for example:

  • Choose System Region (USA, JAPAN, EURO)
  • Choose Console type (ARCADE / CONSOLE)
  • Enable game cheats for every game! on the fly!
  • SFX / BGM Jukebox
  • More!

Neo-Geo Universe Bios (Uni-Bios) as described at the official Web site:

The UNIVERSE BIOS is for owners of MVS or AES hardware that want an easy way to change country region or between Arcade or Console mode on boot. Also included are other features that are not possible using the standard MVS bios.

The UNIVERSE BIOS is also designed to give easy access to things like inserting coins, test mode and memory card management when using the joystick ports only. Of course the BIOS still allows standard operation too.

F.A.Q - Frequently Asked Questions

Please, before asking any question or reporting a problem, take a moment to read these.

Thank you.

Q - What Custom Firmware (CFW) do I need to have to use FB Alpha RL?
A - Latest release has been signed to work on most CFWs, it has been tested on Rebug REX 4.46 (CEX) and MiraLaTijera CFW 4.46 (Core 3.2.0).

Q - Can I just install the "UPD", or I really need the "BASE" and why?
A - The "BASE" installation is mandatory, it contains all the files, resources and data required by FB Alpha RL to work, the "UPD" package only contains the program or SELF / BIN files (and maybe other extra update data / resources). If you don't do this, don't come asking me why some feature is not working or if you get any other error.

Q - When I try to launch FB Alpha RL from XMB, it kicks me back, why?
A - This is a common problem with homebrews, if this happens to you, post back with detailed information of your PS3 Model and CFW, including if its a CEX or DEX CFW.

Q - When launching a game RetroArch comes up with an error, what happened?
A - Probably you have an incorrect romset or in case of Neo-Geo or PGM, you must make sure to have the BIOS placed in the same directory where the ROMs are located.

Q - Where can I find the proper ROMs / romsets?
A - I cannot help you directly, but Google can.

Q - Some games have bad graphics or eventually lock up my console, why?
A - This happens because not all game drivers have been ported or updated to work on the PS3 system processor architecture. If you find such games, PM me the specific name and romset, I will be working on a compatibility list sooner or later.

Credits

This project wouldn't exist if it weren't for all these great people:

[*]My buddies Treble Winner (Barry), Kev (tmaul) & iq_132 (current FB Alpha Team

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#155 - PS3 News - 45w ago
Try the newer 1.02 revisions linked in this post instead: [Register or Login to view links]

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#154 - Aurion - 45w ago
oooops FB_ALPHA_RL_1.01a_[20130215]_CEX340_UPD.rar says Invalid or Deleted File.

upload this file again please

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#153 - NN33NN - 75w ago
Awesome news! Thank you for all your hard work!

I love playing some old NeoGeo games and also some CPS 1,2,3 titles

Thx man

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#152 - PS3 News - 76w ago
Following his previous release, today PlayStation 3 developer CaptainCPS-X has made available a FB Alpha RL (Retro Loader) v1.01 followed by patch update v1.01a and v1.02 for PS3 CFW 3.40 / 3.55 / 4.XX users with details below.

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This is a Beta release and has not been tested on cfw 3.55 / 3.40, only confirmed working by me on rogero cfw 4.30 v2.05. Please, if you find issues running this release on specific cfw and / or you know how to sign them properly, post a reply or pm me, thanks!

What is FB Alpha?

FB Alpha is an arcade emulator supporting the following platforms;

  • Capcom CPS-1
  • Capcom CPS-2
  • Capcom CPS-3
  • Cave
  • Data East DEC-0, DEC-8 and DECO IC16 based games
  • Galaxian based hardware
  • Irem M62, M63, M72, M90 and M92 hardware
  • Kaneko 16
  • Konami
  • Neo-Geo
  • Pacman based hardware
  • PGM
  • Psikyo 68EC020 and SH-2 based hardware
  • Sega System 1, System 16 (and similar), System 18, X-Board and Y-Board
  • Toaplan 1
  • Toaplan 2
  • Taito F2, X, Z and others
  • Miscellaneous drivers for lots of other hardware

FB Alpha also has a WIP console drivers for Sega Megadrive/Genesis and also PC-Engine/TurboGrafx 16/SuperGrafx.

FB Alpha (for Windows), can currently be obtained from barryharris.me.uk.

What is FB Alpha Retro Loader ?

FB Alpha RL is a PS3 homebrew application coded from scratch, and not based in any other public source code by other developers. It is a result of many hours of dedication and research.

It is in no way a dirty hack of RetroArch or something similar. By the contrary, FB Alpha RL serves as a independent frontend to RetroArch and provides features not incorporated in it.

I did had to make a modified RetroArch core to be included along my application, so it could process the arguments or new commands that FB Alpha RL will be sending to it.

Objective of FB Alpha RL (Retro Loader):

As a dev from the official FB Alpha Team, FB Alpha RL was made with a objective in mind, to keep the original experience from the official FB Alpha (for Windows OS) on the PS3 system.

Please, read the technical info for more details.

Technical Info:

Signed for CFW 3.40 / 4.XX (should work for everyone).
Tested at 1080p / 720p / 480p resolution via HDMI.

FB Alpha RL uses a custom "burn_drivers.h" header file that was generated by modifying the official windows version of FB Alpha with a routine to generate such file on launch.

The header have a big structure with all the information for all supported drivers in FB Alpha v0.2.97.28.

Information such as:

  • Romset Name (Ex. kof2002)
  • Parent ROM (Ex. sf2)
  • Year
  • Manufacturer (Ex. Capcom)
  • System (Ex. Neo Geo)
  • Max players
  • Game Screen Resolution
  • Game Screen Aspect Ratio

Future release will have a custom generated header with all the ROM information as well, so the application will be able to verify every romset with precise CRC32 checks (as in the official FB Alpha for Windows).

NOTE: You don't need the official RetroArch installed, this already has my own modified build incorporated into FB Alpha RL installation directory. So you can safely install the official RetroArch and it won't interfere.

Usage:

  • Use UP / DOWN to navigate Game List.
  • Use Left Analog UP / DOWN to navigate Game List.
  • Press L1 / R1 to toggle game system filter.
  • Press L2 / R2 for quick Game List navigation.
  • Press [ ] to view ZIP information.
  • Press /\ to view ROM Information.
  • Press to Load the selected Game.
  • Press [SELECT] to return to Main Menu.
  • Press [START] to Rescan ROM(s).

Features:

  • ROMs paths directory browser.
  • Input Preset CFG file browser.
  • Game List cache feature.
  • Missing games listing.
  • Alternate key combo to access RetroArch core menu.
  • 1080p / 720p / 480p display modes supported.
  • Game Preview display feature (hover a game to see its preview).
  • Game System Filtering for easier game selection.
  • Custom Game System Filtering available in the options menu.
  • Auto configure screen Aspect Ratio on game load.
  • Quick ROM(s) scanning / re-scanning in extensive path locations.
  • Romset validation against FB Alpha v0.2.97.28 drivers library.
  • Checking for duplicate ROM(s).
  • Detailed info about listed ROM(s).
  • ZIP Content Information display.
  • Full game name display for easier navigation.
  • Game Information (Year, Company, etc...).
  • Direct loading of ROM(s).
  • Support for Screenshots (press and look in XMB photo column).
  • GUI based on OpenGL / PSGL textures (Thanks to Squarepusher / Twinaphex for the tips).
  • More... (read the change logs for more features)

WIP / Coming on future releases:

  • Display Extended ROM information by pressing .
  • MAME history DAT parsing support.
  • Title / Flyers image display feature.

Changelog:

1.01 (February 15, 2013) (BETA)

  • Added information text display for selected options.
  • Added ROMs path directory browser.
  • Added Input Preset CFG file browser.
  • Added confirmation dialog when exiting FB Alpha RL.
  • Added feature to display Missing Games.
  • Added Game List Cache feature to avoid having to rescan ROMs every time FB Alpha RL is launched.
  • Added option to use alternate key combo to access RetroArch core menu, Main Menu(SELECT + TRIANGLE) and In-Game Menu (SELECT + SQUARE).
  • Updated + Modded latest RetroArch commits (Feb 10, 2013)
  • Updated fba-libretro core with latest commits (Feb 10, 2013)
  • Added Custom System Filter (go to options and select the systems to filter in that category).
  • Added support for 1080p / 720p / 480p display modes (all tested).
  • Added Game Preview display feature (hover a game to see its preview).
  • Included most game previews with package (thanks to Sturn and JacKc at NeoSource forums)
  • Added new Options Menu.
  • Added module to save / read settings to "FBA_RL.ini".
  • Added Option to configure 12 custom directories to scan for ROMs, you decide where you want FB Alpha RL to look for ROMs .
  • Added Option to set / change Input presets for all systems, you just need to do this once.
  • Added Option to Automatically Create basic Input preset configurations for all supported systems.
  • Added Option to enable / disable Auto Aspect Ratio selection on game launch.
  • Added Game System Filter (Press L1 / R1 to toggle game system filters).
  • Added ROM(s) re-scanning module (Press [START] to re-scan ROM(s)).
  • Rewrote FB Alpha RL to make better use of PSGL, now it supports a better GUI based on texture rendering (Thanks to Squarepusher/Twinaphex for the tips).
  • FB Alpha RL will check for important directories needed by RetroArch on launch, and will create them as needed. If you have the official RetroArch installed and it have missing directories as well for some reason, they will be created to make sure everything work fine.
  • Incremented number of displayed games.
  • Added quick list navigation by pressing L2 / R2.
  • Added Analog Stick support to navigate lists.
  • Added Main menu with various useful items.
  • Added ZIP Info feature (press [ ] to view ZIP info).
  • Updated FB Alpha (libretro) core.
  • (FBA core) Fixed graphic problems in CPS-1 driver.
  • (FBA core) Fixed Diagnostic Menu Lock-up in some games.
  • Added Screenshot feature (press and look in Photo XMB column).
  • Improved application core overall and fixed some bugs.
  • FB Alpha RL will not process WIP drivers from now on until compatibility is better(Megadrive, PCE, SNES).

1.00 (January 30, 2013)

  • Initial Release

Thanks to:

[*]My buddies Treble Winner (Barry) / Kev / IQ_132 from the original FB Alpha Team

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