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88w 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 0.9.8 with the changes below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (RetroArch.PS3.v0.9.8.FOR.CFW.PS3 - 29 MB) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] by STLCARDSWS (Post-3.55) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] by Captain CPS-X (Post-3.55 EBOOT Fix) / [Register or Login to view links] (SNES9XNext Core Fixed - thanks pete_uk for the compile of the snes core) by CaptainCPS-X / [Register or Login to view links] (retroarch-wii-0.9.8.zip - 12 MB) / [Register or Login to view links]

RETROARCH PS3 - 0.9.8

RetroConsole Level: 2
Author: Themaister, Squarepusher/Twin Aphex

HOW TO INSTALL THIS

ON DEBUG (DEX) PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.8-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 PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.8-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.

INGAME CONTROLS

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
  • RStick 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.

PLAYSTATION 3 PORT

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 (*)
  • Real-time rewinding
  • 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.

For more information about them, see the included 'retroarch-libretro-README.txt' file.

  • Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.28]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • NEStopia (Nintendo Entertainment System) [1.44]
  • 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 1.7.3]
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
  • Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
  • Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket Color)
  • Mednafen VB (Virtual Boy)

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

  • Prboom WAD|wad
  • 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
  • FCEUmm nes|NES|unif|UNIF
  • NEStopia nes|NES|fds|FDS
  • Gambatte gb|gbc|dmg|zip|GB|GBC|DMG|ZIP
  • Final Burn Alpha zip|ZIP
  • Mednafen PCE pce|PCE|cue|CUE
  • Mednafen Wonderswan ws|WS|wsc|WSC
  • Mednafen NGP ngp|NGP
  • Mednafen VB vb|VB

ZIP SUPPORT

Selecting a ZIP file will temporarily unzip that file to the harddrive. The temporary file will be deleted as soon as the game gets unloaded and/or when you quit RetroArch.

NOTE: For the FBA core (and other cores that have 'block_extract' set to true) - selecting a ZIP file from the Filebrowser will load that game directly.

Troubleshooting

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?

  • Do a Blackberry Playbook/Blackberry 10 RetroArch port
  • Do an iOS port of RetroArch (will need hardware for this - gifts appreciated)
  • Make the libxenon port release-worthy.
  • Add console-friendly features (nicely formatted names for FBA, some better way to do core switching, etc)
  • Fix NxEngine issues on consoles
  • Finish up MAME 0.72 port
  • Finish up ScummVM port
  • Port of VICE to libretro
  • More emulators, more games that will run on RetroArch
  • Lots of other crazy ideas that might or might not pan out

Credits

  • 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.

Websites

Twitter: twitter.com/libretro
Source: github.com/libretro
Homepage: libretro.org
Opium2K DLC for RetroArch: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
IRC: #retroarch (freenode)

From CaptainCPS-X also comes a RetroArch v0.9.8 Unofficial Mod with details below, as follows:

Hiyas everyone here I bring you my own build of RetroArch with a nice ROM(s) loading fix, and as a bonus I included SNES9X-NEXT (LIBRETRO CORE) and FB ALPHA (LIBRETRO CORE) builds compiled/signed by me.

Loading of ROM(s) can be done directly from multiMAN (retro column) or other external method now. This should work on CFW 3.40 to 4.XX without problems.

Here is the README.txt with more detailed info: RetroArch v0.9.8 (PS3/CFW 3.40-4.XX/Unofficial)(MOD by CaptainCPS-X)

R1: This modified build fixes issues with ROM(s) not loading correctly on multiMAN or other external methods. I will release the code modifications later, I been all day/night messing with code and I need to take some rest (sleep xD), but later I'll get in touch with RetroArch devs to share my "quick" fix for the ROM(s) loading issue.

As a bonus I included a working builds of:

  • SNES9X-NEXT (LIBRETRO CORE)
  • FB ALPHA (LIBRETRO CORE)

Download: [Register or Login to view links] [7.41 MB]


R2: Included CORE.SELF (SNES9X-NEXT CORE) to avoid issues when installing this unofficial update over the official RetroArch v0.9.8.

Instructions

1- Install official RetroArch v0.9.8 on your PS3.
2- Install the PKG included here: [Register or Login to view links] [9.63MB] (you MUST do step 1 first).
3- Enjoy!

I have tested this myself with a clean RetroArch install then updating it as mentioned on the instructions, and no problem so far.

Note: Do not bother Squarepusher / TwinAphex / TheMaister or any of the official RetroArch developers if you find any problems with this build. This is a unofficial release.

Thanks to The original LibRetro / RetroArch developers / contributors who have made this application a great free homebrew. And thanks to the original developers who wrote the core of each emulator (arcade/console/handleheld/etc). Thanks to everyone else that I missed here and really deserves credit.

I will release the code modifications later, I been all day/night messing with code and I need to take some rest (sleep xD), but later I'll get in touch with RetroArch devs to share my "quick" fix for the ROM(s) loading issue.

I made 2 packs for manual installation compatible with multiMAN Stealth edition (or if you just don't want to have the icon on the XMB, LOL).

Download these files and keep reading for further instructions:

1- [Register or Login to view links] [~30 MB]
2- [Register or Login to view links] [~10 MB]

Manual Install for multiMAN Stealth:

1- Launch multiMAN Stealth's file manager.
2- Extract "RetroArch_v0.9.8_mmStealth.zip" anywhere you like.
3- Select / Press X twice over the extracted "PS3~dev_hdd0~game~SSNE10000.zip".
4- Extract "RetroArch_v0.9.8_unofficial_R2_capcpsx_mmStealh.zip" anywhere you like
5- Select / Press X twice over the extracted "PS3~dev_hdd0~game~SSNE10000.zip"
6- Enjoy!

SeeYa!




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Ninn1's Avatar
#12 - Ninn1 - 85w ago
i'm on cfw 3.55 and i need to a pkg_finalize on the PKG to install it.

how do i do this? i can't find the answer anywhere

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#11 - c1pr14n - 86w ago
thanks for the update

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#10 - PS3 News - 86w ago
Following up on PS3 RetroArch v0.9.8, 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 0.9.8.1 with the changes outlined below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (30.2 MB) / [Register or Login to view links] (117.42 MB) / [Register or Login to view links] (28.8 MB) by CaptainCPS-X / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] by STLcardsWS / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (RetroArch PS3 0.9.8.1 - SingStar GameID Spoof) / [Register or Login to view links] by pete_uk / [Register or Login to view links] (retroarch-ps3-cfw-0.9.8.1-cfw3.55-plus.zip - Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links]

RETROARCH PS3 - 0.9.8.1

RetroConsole Level: 2
Author: Themaister, Squarepusher/Twin Aphex

v0.9.8.1 Changelog

  • (Android) Lots of changes - too numerous to list
  • [FBA] Fixed serious bug that would cause a lot of games to get stuck in service mode or to display graphical corruption (CPS1).
  • [NEStopia] Now outputs in mono sound mode.
  • [FCEUmm] Uses RGB565 now - should no longer flicker on RMenu.
  • [Mednafen PC Engine Fast] Fixed libretro issue where certain games had totally wrong pitch
  • [Mednafen Wonderswan] Core fixed, works again.
  • [Genesis Plus GX] Set audio samplerate at 48KHz (from 44KHz).
  • [PS3] Fixed serious bugs where it could get 'stuck' or the app could 'hang' while toggling between ingame and quickmenu/file browser.
  • [PS3] Added 'Menu Skins' to 'Retro Settings' - will allow you to select a different background for the menu. Captain CPS-X's menu skin is also included.

Note: This official release is not compatible with multiMAN feature to directly launch a retro game. But I will release a unofficial build with that fixed soon.

HOW TO INSTALL THIS

ON DEBUG (DEX) PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.8.1-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 PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.8.1-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.

INGAME CONTROLS

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.

PLAYSTATION 3 PORT

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 (*)
  • Real-time rewinding
  • 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.

For more information about them, see the included 'retroarch-libretro-README.txt' file.

  • Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.28]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • NEStopia (Nintendo Entertainment System) [1.44]
  • 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 1.7.3]
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
  • Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
  • Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket Color)
  • Mednafen VB (Virtual Boy)

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

  • Prboom WAD|wad
  • 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
  • FCEUmm nes|NES|unif|UNIF
  • NEStopia nes|NES|fds|FDS
  • Gambatte gb|gbc|dmg|zip|GB|GBC|DMG|ZIP
  • Final Burn Alpha zip|ZIP
  • Mednafen PCE pce|PCE|cue|CUE
  • Mednafen Wonderswan ws|WS|wsc|WSC
  • Mednafen NGP ngp|NGP
  • Mednafen VB vb|VB

ZIP SUPPORT

Selecting a ZIP file will temporarily unzip that file to the harddrive. The temporary file will be deleted as soon as the game gets unloaded and/or when you quit RetroArch.

NOTE: For the FBA core (and other cores that have 'block_extract' set to true) - selecting a ZIP file from the Filebrowser will load that game directly.

Troubleshooting

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?

  • Do a Blackberry Playbook/Blackberry 10 RetroArch port
  • Do an iOS port of RetroArch (will need hardware for this - gifts appreciated)
  • Make the libxenon port release-worthy.
  • Add console-friendly features (nicely formatted names for FBA, some better
    way to do core switching, etc)
  • Fix NxEngine issues on consoles
  • Finish up MAME 0.72 port
  • Finish up ScummVM port
  • Port of VICE to libretro
  • More emulators, more games that will run on RetroArch
  • Lots of other crazy ideas that might or might not pan out

Credits

  • 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.

Websites

Twitter: twitter.com/libretro
Source: github.com/libretro
Homepage: libretro.org
Opium2K DLC for RetroArch: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
IRC: #retroarch (freenode)

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Varrasco's Avatar
#9 - Varrasco - 87w ago
In this new version snes roms won't boot.... Genesis roms are working fine

sheaushyong's Avatar
#8 - sheaushyong - 87w ago
FDS games still can't run in the core "NEStopia" (I have disksys.rom)

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