68w ago - Following up on their previous releases, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developers Themaister and Squarepusher (aka Twin Aphex) have officially updated the PS3 Multi-system Game Emulator known as PS3 RetroArch to version 0.9.7 followed by v0.9.8 Beta 2, Beta 3 and Final with the changes below.
Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.7-dex.pkg' on your USB stick, put it in your PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - Select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.
ON CFW P3
Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.7-cfw.pkg' on your USB stick. Put it in your CFW PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.
NOTE: The official release no longer supports Geohot/Wutangzra CFWs. If you must use them, you have to do pkg_finalize on the PKG to install it.
HOW TO USE THIS
On first startup, RetroArch will select one of the dozen or so emulator/game cores. The name of the core currently loaded will be shown at the top side of the screen.
You can now select a ROM that this core supports and load it in the Filebrowser.
To select a different core in the menu - press Select to go to the Settings screen. From here, go to the 'Retro tab', and select 'Default emulator core'. Press X to go to a filebrowser where you can select a different core. Press X to confirm, then exit RetroArch. Start up again to boot up to the new emulator core.
To change to a different core ingame - press R3 to bring up the 'Quick Menu'. Select 'Change libretro core'. Press X to go to a filebrowser where you can select a different core.
During ingame operation you can do some extra actions:
Right Thumb Stick - Down - Fast-forwards the game
Right Thumb Stick - Up - Rewinds the game in real-time ('Rewind' has to be enabled in the 'Settings' menu - warning - comes at a performance decrease but will be worth it if you love this feature)
RStick Left + R2 - Decrease save state slot
Rtick Right + R2 - Increase save state slot
RStick Up + R2 - Load selected save state slot
RStick Down + R2 - Save selected save state slot
L3 + R3 - Go back to 'Menu'/'Quick Menu'
WHAT IS RETROARCH?
RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight and portable. It has features few other emulator frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading.
WHAT IS LIBRETRO?
Libretro is the API that RetroArch uses. It makes it easy to port games and emulators to a single core backend, such as RetroArch.
For the user, this means - more ports to play with, more crossplatform portability, less worrying about developers having to reinvent the wheel writing boilerplate UI/port code - so that they can get busy with writing the emulator/porting the emulator/game.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
Right now it's unique in that it runs the same emulator cores on multiple systems (such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, Xbox 1, etc).
For each emulator 'core', RetroArch makes use of a library API that we like to call 'libretro'.
Think of libretro as an interface for emulator and game ports. You can make a libretro port once and expect the same code to run on all the platforms that RetroArch supports. It's designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind so that the porter can worry about the port at hand instead of having to wrestle with an obfuscatory API.
The purpose of libretro is to help ease the work of the emulator/game porter by giving him an API that allows him to target multiple
platforms at once without having to redo any code. He doesn't have to worry about writing input/video/audio drivers - all of that is supplied to him by RetroArch. All he has to do is to have the emulator port hook into the libretro API and that's it - we take care of the rest.
The PS3 port of RetroArch is one of the most developed console ports of RetroArch.
A couple of unique features RetroArch PS3 boasts that is not commonly found anywhere else:
Game-aware shading in every emulator now (*)
More shader features (motion blurring, etc)
Switching between emulator cores seamlessly, and ability to install new libretro cores
Included with RetroArch PS3 are a bunch of shaders - including the latest versions of the popular xBR shader. It is possible to use two shaders simultaneously to get the best possible graphical look.
* Check out Opium2k's manual shaders for Zelda 3 and others - you can find DLC packs for RetroArch at this site: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
EMULATOR/GAME CORES BUNDLED WITH PS3 PORT
The following emulators have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the PS3 release of RetroArch.
Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.26]
FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive | Sega CD) [version 1.7.0]
All of the emulators listed above are the latest versions currently available. Most of them have been specifically optimized so that they will run better on PS3 (some games would not reach fullspeed without these optimizations).
WHAT EXTENSIONS ARE SUPPORTED BY EACH CORE
SNES9x Next smc|fig|sfc|gd3|gd7|dx2|bsx|swc|zip|SMC|FIG|SFC|BSX|GD3|GD7|DX2|SWC
Genesis Plus GX md|smd|bin|gen|zip|MD|SMD|bin|GEN|ZIP|sms|SMS|gg|GG|sg|SG|cue|CUE
VBA Next GBA|gba
Final Burn Alpha zip|ZIP
Mednafen PCE pce|PCE|cue|CUE
Mednafen Wonderswan ws|WS|wsc|WSC
FOR EACH CORE (except for Final Burn Alpha)
There are three modes -
EXTRACT ZIP TO CURRENT DIR: When you press 'X' on a ZIP file in the File Browser, its contents will be extracted to the current directory. From there, you can load the RMO and play.
EXTRACT ZIP TO CURRENT DIR AND LOAD FIRST FILE: When you press 'X' on a ZIP file in the File Browser, its contents will be extracted to the current directory. The first ROM that was extracted from the ZIP file that is a ROM will be loaded automatically.
EXTRACT ZIP TO CACHE DIR: When you press 'X' on a ZIP file in the File Browser, its contents will be extracted to the /dev_hdd1/ partition. From there, you can load the ROM and play.
WARNING: Savestates and SRAM files that have been created by loading ROMs from the cache dir this way will be removed after RetroArch has been closed.
FOR FINAL BURN ALPHA
Selecting a ZIP file from the Filebrowser will load that game directly.
If you find that RetroArch no longer works for whatever reason, there is a way to get it back to work -
Remove retroarch.cfg from the 'SSNE100000' folder, then start up again. The Libretro management service in RetroArch should automatically pick a random libretro core and write this to the config file.
What can you expect in the future?
An official Android port of RetroArch (no, no App Store 'fee' - 'free' as in beer AND as in libre - will be the focal point of RetroArch 0.9.8)
Port of NxEngine to libretro - runs Cave Story (PC version is already done, runs on big-endian consoles but has too many bugs to be playable)
Port of MAME 0.72 to libretro
Port of VICE to libretro
Port of ScummVM to libretro
More emulators, more games that will run on RetroArch
Lots of other crazy ideas that might or might not pan out
Mudlord for his Waterpaint/Noise shaders.
Hyllian for the xBR shader.
Opium2k for the nice manual shaders (bundled with PS3 release).
Deank for assistance with RetroArch Salamander on CFW PS3s and Multiman interoperability.
FBA devs for adopting the libretro port.
Ekeeke for help with the Genesis Plus GX port.
ToadKing for having done a lot of work on RetroArch Wii.
Freakdave for helping out with the Xbox 1 port.
Opium2K DLC for RetroArch: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
IRC: #retroarch (freenode)
Update: Below are some unofficial stand-alone builds as well from STLcardsWS:
These Standalone Emulators are not multiMAN/mmCM Compatible. (by making them standalone it breaks this feature)
These are Unofficial PKGs (However each core is from the official 0.9.7 release except IMAMe4all)
IMAME4all: This libretro core was made by the RetroArch developers but it was never officially released for the PS3 as they have plans for a better MAME port in the future. So any issue that arise from this core will not be fixed or attended to as it was scrapped for the PS3)
MAME 0.37b5 Romset is required
Saving/Loading is broken and will not be fixed
Some Games on the 0.37b5 romset will not work (part of the reason why this older port was scrapped for the PS3)
These are the Content IDs for each standalone if you want to use different images & sounds.
SSNE99999 = RetroArch-Wonderswan
SSNE88888 = RetroArch-SNES
SSNE77777 = RetroArch-NES
SSNE66666 = RetroArxch-Gameboy
SSNE55555 = RetroArch-TurboGrafx16
SSNE44444 = RetroArch-GameboyAdvance
SSNE33333 = RetroArch-Genesis
SSNE22222 = RetroArch-FBalpha (arcade)
SSNE11111 = RetroArch-IMAME4all
SSNE12121 = RetroArch-SG-1000
SSNE13131 = RetroArch-Game Gear
SSNE14141 = RetroArch-Master System
SSNE15151 = RetroArch-Turbo Grafx CD (aka TurboDuo)
SSNE16161 = RetroArch-Super Grafx
SSNE17171 = RetroArch-Sega CD
SSNE65432 = RetroArch prBoom
SSNE54321 = RetroArch Neo-Geo
SquarePusher (for his continued work on the PS3 port of RetroArch)
Blackotoo (for making a great Uniformed Images for all the emulators)
Aldostools (for all his great tools that made this process very easy)
pete_uk (for all his unofficial compiles of RetroArch)
Genesis-Plus-GX 1.7 - Sega Genesis / Megadrive, Master System, Game Gear, SG1000 & Sega CD / Mega CD
Mednafen_PCE_fast - NEC PC-Engine / Turbo Grafix 16 & CD, Super Grafx
Mednafen_wswan - Bandai Wonderswan & Wonderswan color
Mednafen_VB - Nintendo Virtual Boy
Mednafen_Neopop - NeoGeo Pocket & Pocket Color
Mednafen_PSX - Playstation 1
Bugs & Issues
iMame4All - REMOVED, NO LONGER SUPPORTED
If you find any bugs, please report them in this thread.
Final Burn Alpha - Based on version 0.2.97.26. Make sure you have the right ROMs or you will have problems.
Genesis-Plus-GX - Sega CD Emulation requires a sega cd bios in the RetroArch system folder (/dev_hdd0/game/SSNE10000/USRDIR/system). The BIOS ROM files be named BIOS_CD_J.bin (Japan), BIOS_CD_U.bin (US) and BIOS_CD_E.bin (Europe)
Mednafen_PCE - PCEngine / Turbo Grafix CD Emulation requires the PCE CD BIOS to be in the same folder as the ROM you are trying to load. It needs to be named SYSCARD3.PCE
Mednafen_PSX - Only runs at 18 - 25 FPS & will not perform better without a dynarec. Requires the following BIOS files in the
RetroArch system folder: scph1001.bin, scph5500.bin, scph5501.bin, scph5502.bin & scph7502.bin.
This compile should work on all CEX firmwares, except for GEOHOT and WUTANGRZA.
RetroArch v0.9.8 Beta 3 (Unofficial) Stanalones by STLcardsWS (linked above) stated the following as well:
This time around I created standalones for each system as well just for each core. Would not use both just one or the other but you could use both if you wanted to but i see no point. Example (Systems)
1.) These are Unofficial Standalones Emulators. They are unofficial because they use the latest unofficial compile and then they are split up into standalones from the official setup.
2.) These Standalone Emulators are not multiMAN/mmCM Compatible. (Booting Roms from multiMAN will not work (official 0.9.7 does), Return to multiMAN does work). You can have this installed alongside the official installation as well.
New Cores Added from 0.9.7 Stanadlone
Menafen_VB (Nintendo Virtual Boy)
Mednafen_Neopop (Neo Geo Pocket / Color)
Mednafen_PSX (PSone - Limited playabality runs at 18-25 FPS, can only improve with a dynarec)
Squarepusher aka Twinaphex: for the PS3 port of RetroArch and the work he has done on this great emulator. Also for giving me the okay to release these standalones.
Pete_uk: for all his unofficial compiles of RetroArch.
Aldostools: for creating such a great tool set which makes this process very easy.
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To quote: Hi. The author of this application (Name: doobz) did not give permission for it's release. He claimed he was close to ready, but then he vanished and no one has seen him in months. We do not know of his location or status. It is a mystery.
As such I'm releasing the last version of the tool he provided prior to his disappearance.
Official RetroXMB README (Partial)
RetroXMB is an app that makes it easy to install content on your PS3 XMB. I was sick of using "managers" to load other apps, i wanted it to be like the psp era where you clicked the icon and the app started. So this is my attempt at that
Its just a gui for a bunch of command line programs which i hacked that generate content for the Playstation 3. RetroXMB helps you put many games for many systems directly on your XMB. Here is a small list of supported systems:
Here goes a small intro for RetroXMB..
Emulator games use RetroArch as a back-end.. here goes the wall of text about the emulators and their notes.
PS1 Games use Iris Manager as a back-end. multiMAN can cause conflicts with Iris and since multiMAN isn't open source, no one can fix it. If you run into problems while using the PS1 Games simply reboot your PS3 to fix it and dont run multiMAN
PS2 Classics (Experimental):
PS2 Classics uses the rap file from PS2 Classics Place Holder/ps2classic_GUI
Steps to install reactpsn + ps2 rap support:
1. create a new user called "aa" on your ps3
2. install ReactPSN 2.26
3. put the exdata folder in a usb device and plug it in the ps3
4. execute ReactPSN on the PS3
5. the "aa" user should be renamed to reactpsn and you will have the rif files installed in your "aa" account exdata
5. done you can now use PS2Classics made with this app
If you don't use the proper rap file, you will get a copyright information error when loading the ps2classic. this could be patched in the fw.
Note to Rogero FW Users:
Rogero FW doesnt patch certain EBOOT ecdsa signature checks. PS3 Keys from 3.56 and below aren't accepted in Rogero FW, so old homebrew won't work. Instead of resigning eboots for _higher_ fw Ask Rogero to fix this, or simply use Rebug or MiraLaTijera FW. All my EBOOTs are signed with 3.41 keys (it shouldn't matter which version).
STLcardWS, sandungas, AdaLove, UnknownArchive, Squarepusher, Hermes/Estwald, flatz, IngPereira, aldostools, Celestria, zecoxao and everyone that made this possible (or i forgot to mention )
Additional Info by STLcardsWS
RetroArch Supported Cores
-- Various Arcade (CPS 1/2/3, Neo Geo, Sega System 16/18..)
-- Nintendo NES / Famicom
-- Game Boy / Color
-- SG -1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Sega CD
-- Neo Geo Pocket / Color
-- Turbo GrafX 16, & CD (PC-Engine) / Super GrafX
-- Nintendo Virtual Boy
-- Bandia WonderSwan / Color
-- Nintendo NES / Famcom w/Disk System
-- Doom 1 & II Engine
-- Nintendo NES/ Famicom
-- Super Nintendo / Super Famicom
-- Atari 2600
-- Quake Engine
-- Game Boy Advance
EXPERIMENTAL LIBRETRO CORES
-- Experimental Atari 2600
--- Issues ----
.Save / Load States do not work.
Toggle Color/Black and White with R3/L3 on select games.
-- Experimental: MAME 0.78
--- Issues ---
Save / Load States do not work.
Game Comparability is hit and miss
Frame-Rate issues in some games.
0.78 Romset should be used
Try lower version if exact cant be found.
Some Games will play well. There others that will not.
-- Experimental: GBA (use VBA_Next instead)
Very choppy and slow FPS at times.
A lot of issues
Save/Load States not supported
Requires GBA bios.
-- Experimental: PSone
Use other PS1 methods for the PS3.
Other Emulated Systems Supported
-- Uses Iris Manager as a back end (4.46 not supported), Was released as the standaone PS1toPS2 b10 PlayStation Portable
-- PSP Remaster / PSP Minis, Was released as a standalone PSPtoPS3 b22
-- Experimental PS2 Integration: Very early version.
Create CEX or DEX Packages
Create 3.41 - 4.XX Packages (Rogero Users See Read Me above)
Custom XMB Title
Customize XMB Appearance
Add XMB Sound: (SND0AT.AC3)
Add Animated Icon: (ICON1.PAM)
Custom HIP: (edit text file)
Creates a random Title ID with a `RX-prefix` "RX_ _ _ _ _ _" at the start of every rom created.
OR change it to a Custom Title-ID of your choice
Progress Bar to show the app is working, (large files may seem long but it working).
Creates an XMB Auto-Booting package.
RetroArch v9.9.0 is used as a back-end.for all emulation.
BIOS detection on ROMs. (unfinished / bugs)
ROM detection from various archive formats.
Included Custom PIC0.PNG for most cores (unfinished)
Support all libretro Cores for PS3 RetroArch (Uses Modified Cores)
Set Aspect Ratio of game to 16:9 (uncheck) or 4:3 (checked)
Add Extra Files or Multiple Files for roms that require it easily.
* Note there are some bugs with BIOS and ROM detections. Which leads to problems with some games not being able to create a package.
Update to standalone release of PS1toPS3 b10 by doobz
Supports PS1 ISO, BIN
Optional: Cue, toc File.
PS1 Games use Iris Manager as the engine. This supported to version 4.41 and below. at this time.
Hold Circle after selecting game on XMB, Enter Iris PS1 Setting menu prior to game launch.
PlayStation 2 (Experimental)
Early in development.
Supports PS2 ISO, BIN
Choose PS2 Playback on DEX or CEX (Experimental)
PS2 Classics require ReactPSN and the rap for PS2Classics Placeholder Installed
NOTICE: Make a copy of the PS2 game you are converting if you do not want to lose it!!!!
An update to doobz PSProPS3 beta 22
Remastered Creation Supported
Minis Creation Supported
PSP ISO, EBOOT.PBP, PSN PKG (only ISO will be patched), MINI2.DAT or a homebrew PRX.