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52w ago - Following up on the previous update, today an anonymous source has leaked PS3 RetroXMB Beta 3 by doobz which allows users to boot RetroArch ROMs from the PS3 XMB alongside some updates below.

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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

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:

Emulators:

  • PlayStation 1
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation Portable

Here goes a small intro for RetroXMB..

Emulator Games:

Emulator games use RetroArch as a back-end.. here goes the wall of text about the emulators and their notes.

PS1 Games:

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).

Special Thanks:

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

FB_alpha
-- Various Arcade (CPS 1/2/3, Neo Geo, Sega System 16/18..)

FCEUmm
-- Nintendo NES / Famicom

Gambatte
-- Game Boy / Color

Genesis_plus_gx
-- SG -1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Sega CD

Mednafen_ngp
-- Neo Geo Pocket / Color

mednafen_pce_fast
-- Turbo GrafX 16, & CD (PC-Engine) / Super GrafX

Mednafen_vb
-- Nintendo Virtual Boy

mednafen_wswan
-- Bandia WonderSwan / Color

Nestopia
-- Nintendo NES / Famcom w/Disk System

prboom
-- Doom 1 & II Engine

Quicknes
-- Nintendo NES/ Famicom

snews9x_next
-- Super Nintendo / Super Famicom

Stella
-- Atari 2600

tyrquake
-- Quake Engine

Vba_next
-- Game Boy Advance

EXPERIMENTAL LIBRETRO CORES

Stella
-- Experimental Atari 2600
--- Issues ----

.Save / Load States do not work.

---Notes---

Toggle Color/Black and White with R3/L3 on select games.

mame78
-- Experimental: MAME 0.78
--- Issues ---

Save / Load States do not work.
Game Comparability is hit and miss
Frame-Rate issues in some games.

---Notes---

0.78 Romset should be used
Try lower version if exact cant be found.

Some Games will play well. There others that will not.

mednafen_gba
-- Experimental: GBA (use VBA_Next instead)
---Issues---

Very choppy and slow FPS at times.
A lot of issues
Save/Load States not supported

---Notes---

Requires GBA bios.
Use VBA-Next

mednafen_psx
-- Experimental: PSone

Slow FPS
Use other PS1 methods for the PS3.

Other Emulated Systems Supported

PlayStation 1:
-- 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

PlayStation 2:
-- Experimental PS2 Integration: Very early version.

Features

Global Features

  • Create CEX or DEX Packages
  • Create 3.41 - 4.XX Packages (Rogero Users See Read Me above)
  • Custom XMB Title
  • Customize XMB Appearance
  • ICON0.PNG
  • PIC1.PNG
  • PIC0.PNG
  • 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.

Retro Emulators:

  • 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.

PlayStation 1

  • 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!!!!

PlayStation Portable

  • 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.

Update: RetroXMB Cave Story (NXengine) Light & Heavy XMB PKGs

Cave Story (Doukutsu Monogatari)
RetroArch v1.0.0.2 (libretro core: NXEngine)
RetroXMB XMB Direct Boot Applied

Requirements:


Additional Notes:

  • The light package has no guarantee that it will work with future updates of RetroArch (if installed). It should work and update your core as you install your new RetroArch updates in the future, but if there are changes significant changes to RetroArch, that could break features down the road. So that is something to consider if you plan to use the Light Package.
  • Also, there will be a bit more RetroXMB news coming in the next days or so stay tuned for more.
  • RetroXMB Beta 3 App (with new cores)
  • A new Tutorial for creating the smallest RetroXMB packages possible, with a bit of a mod from the official way.

Thanks/Credits:

  • Squarepusher / Maister (RetroArch) & All Libretro Contributors
  • doobz (RetroXMB Creator)
  • Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya (Cave Story Creator)

Retro XMB Creator 1.6.2 - Create LUA + PS3 Homebrew Packages / Updated PSX Launcher

What's new:

  • Added support to create Lua packages
  • Added support to create PS3 homebrew packages
  • Updated the PSX launcher (IRISMAN 3.03)

RetroXMB Setup Instructions

Based on doobz original RetroXMB with a Twist to the concept (Lite) by STLcardsWS (No Cores in the package replaced by standard core location, cut file size of packages drmatically compared to the tradional RetroXMB way)

Instructions

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  • Once in RetroXMB Creator Tool hit F3
  • Choose RetroArch Cores Path -- "/dev_hdd0/game/SSNE10000/USRDIR/cores/RetroXMB/1.0.0.2/"
  • RetroArch Title ID choose SSNE10000
  • Create a Package and Install
  • Enjoy!!!

RetroXMB (Beta 3) Re-released by STLcardsWS (Mar/12/14)

Included the following libretro cores from RetroArch v1.0.0.2: (tested and working for RetroXMB)

  • fbalpha
  • mame78
  • fceumm
  • Nestopia
  • QuickNES
  • GenesisPlusGX
  • Mednafen_VB
  • Mednafen_WSwan
  • Mednafen_ngp
  • Mednafen_PCE_Fast
  • gambatte
  • prboom
  • TyrQuake
  • snes9xnext
  • stella
  • vba_next
  • NXengine (Is not support in RetroXMB app (bug) but can auto boot using RetroXMB files (see above for pre-made Cave Story Packages)

Known Issues:

  • Old RetroArch Background Menu is used (minor annoyance on some long sub-menus where text alignment is an issue. This can not be fixed in the app, (as we do not have the source code) but can be manually adjusted by replacing the image from v1.0.0.2. (just keep the same name for the image)
  • Never Change the libretro Cores, or you will damage the package for future use. If this occurs delete and re-install. In order for this to be a problem someone would have to manually search folders on HDD to find the core and then change a core. In most cases this will be an issue to many.

Thanks / Credits:

  • Squarepusher (& Entire RetroArch/Libretro Team)
  • doobz (RetroXMB developer)
  • RetroXMB Contributors (see ReadME)

Update #2: Espionage (PS3)

This is a Homebrew Rom for the classic GameBoy handheld created by Fredrik Brundin, with RetroArch (gambatte) you have the options to play in Black/White or in Color. To achieve this while in-game hit L3 and R3 to access the main In-game Menu of Retro Arch and select "Core Options" where you can then select disable or enable "GB colorization".

RetroXMB autoboot is applied so direct launch from XMB with ease!

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Espionage v1.0 - Made for the GBJAM (gbjam.net).

You play as a spy as he makes his way into the enemy base to collect as much data as he can; but don't get too greedy, because he needs to get out before the timer runs out and the enemy back up arrives.

How to Play

To run the .gb file you will need a Game Boy emulator

Credits

  • Game by: Fredrik Brundin
  • Additional Art (Title & Game Over screen): Dominic Buchholz

Update #3: GBA Indie Roms for you PS3 (Using RetroArch w/ RetroXMB Auto Boot)

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (Dangerous X_MAS (GBA Homebrew Game).pkg) / [Register or Login to view links] (PowerPig (GBA Homebrew Game).pkg)

Following the release of various GameBoy and Atari 2600 Indie Games packaged into XMB Auto-Boot packages for the PlayStation 3 (CFW), I decided to checkout another retro system where Homebrew games are still being developed often.

The GBA (GameBoy Advance) has many great Homebrew Games, but here are two very nice releases for the GBA, that we now have today for the PS3 in Dangerous X-MAS (developed by the Spoutnick Team) & PowerPig ( developed by genecyst ). These homebrew creations use RetroArch v1.0.0.2 - vba_next.SELF for emulation with RetroXMB XMB auto-boot applied. See the various screens and videos of these games in action below.

Update #4: Aldostools has now updated (linked above) the PSX Engine in RetroXMB Creator to support PS3 v4.65 CEX Firmware.

What's New:

  • (August 27 v1.6.5) - Updated PSX engine with IRISMAN 3.24 (adds support for CFW 4.65)
  • (August 08 v1.6.5) - Updated PSX engine with IRISMAN 3.21

Hint: Use [F1] to visit the Repository of ICON1.PAM and Manuals for Retro XMB Creator created by Redemp on [Register or Login to view links].

Retro XMB Creator v1.7 What's New:

  • Added Support for launching Movies from the XMB (using Showtime.SELF)

I made a workaround to have the movies icons with custom images on the XMB using RetroXMB Creator 1.7:

Supported Extension:

  • mkv
  • avi
  • mp4

I will add more extensions later (they are a lot). I first wanted to get some feedback before continue using my time on this.

It works the same way as the roms launched with RetroArch... IRISMAN or multiMAN are required to be installed with the SHOWTIME.SELF made by deank, otherwise it will execute the standard Showtime made by andoma, which doesn't support the SHOWTIME.TXT to auto-load the specified movie when Showtime is started.

About NTFS Drives (Movies)

This method cannot auto-lauch videos on ntfs (even when Showtime fully supports it). It seems that SHOWTIME.TXT validates if the file exists when Showtime is loaded, but the ntfs device is mounted few seconds later. Thus Showtime goes directly to the main menu, instead of play the movie on the ntfs device.

After some tests I noticed that sometimes the movie launcher only started Showtime without auto-play the movie. However, if I first launched a movie via IRISMAN, the XMB shortcuts for the movies launched them fine.

So, I updated the showtime launcher to also load the sky payloads used by IRISMAN.

Supported Extension: mkv, mp4, avi, mpg, mpeg, mov, m2ts, vob, flv, wmv, asf, divx, xvid, pam, bik, bink, vp6, mth, 3gp, rmvb, ogm, ogv, m2t, mts, ts, tsv, tsa, tts, rm, rv, vp3, vp5, vp8, 264, m1v, m2v, m4b, m4p, m4r, m4v, mp4v, mpe, bdmv, dvb, webm, nsv.








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#47 - sesjse - 6w ago
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Update: RetroArch v1.1 is coming in early September with a lot of new changes!

RetroArch v1.1 – What to expect (via libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-v1-1-what-to-expect/)

Here’s a rundown on what you can expect from RetroArch v1.1, the next version of RetroArch to be released. Please bear with us that it has taken us so long since v1.0.0.2 to come up with a new official release. This v1.1 version has been long in the making to ensure that this new version will be a big major milestone for RetroArch in general. So, here’s what the release will comprise of -

Going all PSP – PPSSPP core

s3nint3!s3nint3!
We have ported the popular PlayStation Portable emulator, PPSSPP, over to the libretro API. This marks the second big libretro implementation to be using libretro GL after Mupen64 Plus.

It is shaping up to be a very stunning release. Linux users will especially appreciate the changes we’ve made which makes it possible to run PPSSPP in DRM/KMS mode (something which wasn’t possible in standalone since glew has X11 dependencies).

We’re aiming for two modes of operation. One mode will be in which the PPSSPP core functions much like standalone – where it saves everything inside a main PPSSPP assets directory and you install games from PPSSPP’s GUI. The other mode is more like a headless mode – the way every libretro core has functioned up until now. Saves will be saved in .srm form and it will be possible to directly boot ISOs/PBPs/.BINs without having to install them first from a GUI. There’s something to be said for both modes of operation.

We of course take no credit for any of the real emulation work in PPSSPP – the only thing we take credit for is porting it to the libretro API. We take nothing away of the accomplishments made by this team and we hope that the libretro port can be pushed upstream once it’s done. Please pay them a visit at PPSSPP: PSP emulator for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOSX, Blackberry, Symbian and support their efforts to improve PSP emulation – they’ve already come a long way in the two years it has been public.

We’ve made some screenshots of the core in action which you can check out here and on Twitter. We’re striving to expose as many of PPSSPP’s features as possible through core options for headless mode operation.

Needless to be said, we think this will be one of the main standout features of RetroArch v1.1. Hopefully it will open up people’s minds about how RetroArch and libretro doesn’t necessarily mean retro-grade graphics – some of these games like Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur Broken Destiny don’t look far removed from their PS3 versions when upscaled to 2x or 3x. And to see it running as fluidly as it does in RetroArch without any audio breakup whatsoever or any frames dropped is a sight to behold.

The PPSSPP core will be available for PC (we’re aiming for Linux/OSX and Windows), and mobile (iOS/Android/Blackberry). After version 1.1 is released, we will research an Xbox 360 port.

Going all PSP – RetroArch PSP

s3nint3!
Just having a PSP core would be one thing, but RetroArch v1.1 is going to go one extra mile by also simultaneously appearing on the PSP itself.

Nearly all of the credit for this port should go towards aliaspider- I played only a minor but crucial part in the proceedings. He has really done a bang-up job porting over a great many new cores over that are useful for the PSP, as well as improving the performance of existing cores so that they run well on the PSP.

Right now we have greatly improved the performance of FCEUmm, NXEngine, Gambatte, Mednafen PC Engine (and others) so that they run fullspeed at PSP. Please keep in mind that a PSP for general purpose code is about two times as slow as a Raspberry Pi. So you’re dealing with a very weak CPU here, and so it necessitates specific PSP-specific code to really get the most out of its performance. And thankfully the libretro API allows for this – the libretro API doesn’t prevent you from taking advantage of PSP-specific hardware features in order to speed up performance inside a core.

Aliaspider also made a port of TempGBA over to the PSP. This is a Game Boy Advance emulator based on gpSP Kai (itself based on gpSP – a now defunct emulator by Exophase). There’s also a preliminary port of the popular CPS2/Neogeo emulator, but it isn’t yet done. No idea yet if this core will make it for the v1.1 release.

Like hunterk’s previous blog post indicated, the portability of RetroArch is really coming into its own now. With the PPSSPP core, it will be possible to run RetroArch PSP itself. So essentially what you have is that RetroArch PSP can be made to run inside a PSP emulator which itself is being run inside a native platform version of RetroArch. How much farther can we go from here? The future only knows.

New cores

Several new cores will be appearing. We made a port of fMSX and BlueMSX to the libretro API. This was a home computer released in the mid-1980s that was backed up by a consortium of companies (among them a little company called Microsoft and another small fish called Sony). Oddly enough, while it couldn’t really be considered a major worldwide success, it was relatively popular in Japan and (of all countries) The Netherlands. This home computer is also noteworthy for receiving some of the first games Hideo Kojima made in his career, such as Penguin Adventure (one of the first games I ever played BTW) and Metal Gear 1/2.

There will be RetroKeyboard support for these cores to sweeten the deal, but we will also try to have some sane default configs for the RetroPad per-game for some of the more popular games.

There will also be a Vectrex core, Vecx. This was another ’80s game console, and the main notability of this game console is that it wasn’t using sprite rasterization but rather vector-based. For all practical purposes it could be considered the first real home console capable of ’3D graphics’.

s3nint3!
Lakka – a new GUI beginning

s3nint3!
Lakka will appear inside RetroArch starting as of version 1.1. So far, users have been using a very low-fi menu called RGUI. It is perfectly scalable from low-resolution displays to high-definition TVs, but there’s no denying it looks very much like something you would expect from a DOS program.

Lakka will be a more full-featured eyecandy UI. It will require OpenGL support inside the RetroArch version, so expect this to be usable on RetroArch PC and Android/iOS/Blackberry (PS3 maybe if it makes it for v1.1).

In terms of features and appearance, Lakka looks a lot like the PSP’s XMB frontend.

In the future, more menu drivers can be added, each being tailored towards a specific enduser preference. We have made the menu code far more generic to allow for different implementations which doesn’t require the coder to rewrite all the settings logic again and again.

You can watch a video of a prototype in action here – keep in mind that this is still a prototype and that the final version will look a lot more refined. In case you wonder, the guy showcasing it here is one of the authors responsible for the Lakka GUI - Jean-Andre Santoni (known also as kivutar).





Audio DSPs / Software Video Filters

We already touched upon this in the previous blog post about RetroArch v1.0.0.3 (which has now morphed into version 1.1). This feature has been implemented and it makes it possible to apply audio DSP filters and video software filters to RetroArch’s audio/video output.

Blackberry 10

Revamped iOS / OSX ports

X-Arcade Tankstick support

s3nint3!
I received an X-Arcade Tankstick courtesy of Xgaming, and in return this device will be fully supported. Android support will be added, and I will also look into making it possible to bind it in RetroArch as two separate game controllers instead of it being recognized as a keyboard.

After v1.1, I will look into adding USB input drivers for the PlayStation3, Wii and Xbox 360 ports so that we will be able to use the X-Arcade Tankstick on thosee consoles as well without using their proprietary gamepad converter (which costs an additional $30).

Revamped Android port

Improvements to existing cores

Lots of improvements have been made to Mupen64Plus since the last new release, as well as a lot of other cores. We will also try to bring over the MAME/MESS 2014 cor e to Android – this might not appear on the Google Play Store since this will increase the APK size by about 150MB or so – instead a more fully featured version might be available on our new website.

New server

Starting with the release of v1.1, there will be another big change – a new server (Virtual Private Server), and with it will come a buildbot. We will finally have the ability to do continuous integration tests and have daily builds for the cores and the RetroArch platform versions. The existing website will soon be moved over to the new host – the transition will be as seamless as possible to the user, so hopefully you guys won’t notice when we finally make the switch.

So when will it come?

The rest of this month will be spent by me and others feverishly working to get all of this stuff in a presentable state. We also want to do a fair bit of Quality Assurance so that this next big version will be very solid. The estimated release is somewhere in early September. A new release is contingent on all these different factors all coming together. In case some parts might take longer than expected, we might just drop a version of v1.1 with some of these features being added later.

In any case, you shouldn’t have to wait longer than early September. Again, we’re sorry for some of the delays and announcements from before but we’re really trying to ensure here that this next RetroArch release will be a real big gamechanger and so the delays are justified from that perspective. Hopefully you’ll agree once it is dropped.

Also, I’m sure I neglected to mention a fair few new features as well in this writeup. In any case, there have been far too many changes since February of this year to sum up in one blog post. When v1.1 hits I will put up a more comprehensive overview of everything that has been added, changed and improved.

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#46 - PS3 News - 27w ago
Following up on the previous updates, today RetroArch PS3 v1.0.0.2 is officially released from PlayStation 3 developers Squarepusher (aka Twinaphex) and piaf with details below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (209 MB) / [Register or Login to view links] (80.24 MB) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #2) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #3) / [Register or Login to view links] (RetroArch 1.0.0.2 for ODE - 75 MB) from sidnei55

Changes: PlayStation 3 - v1.0.0.2 - RetroArch.PS3.v1.0.0.2.FOR.DEX.PS3 Changelog

  • Analog input works now – cores that support RETRO_ANALOG (such as TyrQuake) should now have working DualShock controls.
  • Analog mapping to D-pad works now for all cores.
  • Optimized slimmed down GL driver implementation some more, resulting in even lower video latency.
  • All the changes made to RGUI since the last release (Core Information, reorganized Settings, possible to map frontend actions to gamepad buttons/analog axes, etc)
  • Addition of Stella (Atari 2600) Core

Cores currently supported for RetroArch (PS3)

Core / Emulated

Stella - New

  • Atari 2600 VCS

MAME 2003 - Added v1.0.0.0

  • Arcade- MAME 0.78 Romset

Final Burn Alpha


  • Arcade - FB Alpha v0.2.97.30

Genesis Plus GX

  • Sega SG-1000
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • Sega CD / Mega CD

SNES9x Next

  • Super Nintendo

VBA Next

  • Game Boy Advance

Nestopia

  • Nintendo NES
  • Nintendo Famicom Disk

FCEUmm

  • Nintendo NES

QuickNES

  • Nintendo NES

Mednafen PCE Fast

  • Turbo Grafx 16 / PC-Engine
  • Turbo Grafx CD
  • Super Grafx

Mednafen NGP

  • Neo Geo Pocket

Mednafen VB

  • Nintendo Virtual Boy

Mednafen Wonderswan

  • WonderSwan
  • WonderSwan Color

prBoom

  • Doom I / II

Tyrquake

  • Quake

NX Engine

  • Cave Story

Gambatte

  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color

Update: Squarepusher has now announced (via libretro.com/index.php/upcoming-retroarch-1-0-0-3/#comment-2306) that a RetroArch v1.0.0.3 new update is incoming soon!

So I should do these more often. It has been quite some time since the last point release, and I’m glad to announce that things are heating up and we’re coming closer to another major release.
So let’s run through some of the things you can expect this time. Some things MIGHT still not make it for this release – but rest assured I’m working on all this and more!

New Soft Filter Spec

For years we’ve basically tried to say ‘no’ to CPU-based filters, but in the end I think it was the right choice to do away with this dogma. Whether we like it or not, a programmable pipeline for GPUs is not available for every console out there, and some CPU filters can run at fullspeed with cores even on low-performance consoles/handhelds.

So we’ve revised the Soft Filter spec and upgraded it. It now features the following:

  • Multi-threading support (which allows the CPU to use more than one core to process the filter),
  • Allows for several different SIMD implementations (which theoretically allows us to create optimized SSE2/SSE3/NEON routines for filters),
  • An effort has been made to rewrite all the existing filters to C
  • More filters have been ported over.

Please be aware that a soft filter has to basically care about supporting two different color formats that a libretro core could use. One of these is RGB565 – 16-bit color – the other is XRGB8888. If you select a filter and you will find that the name shows ‘N/A’ – this tells you that the filter you just selected does not support the color format that your current core is using. Eventually we are going to strive to make every filter support both color formats.

Another important note – soft filters won’t work for Libretro GL cores like Mupen64. You’ll have to use shaders there instead.

New DSP Filter Spec

The DSP filter spec has been in RetroArch for a long time but not really much had been done with it. We’re now bringing it out more into the open and including support for it in our built-in menu system as well.

Some of the new features include:

  • Multi-threading (just like the new Soft Filter specification)
  • Options per DSP filter can be supplied through a config file
  • Possibility to stack DSP filters
  • Several different SIMD implementations of the filter function can be incorporated into the same filter. This allows for optimized versions of the code for SIMD vectorization technologies like SSE, SSE2, NEON, and Altivec (among possible others).

PSP port

So it’s been no secret that we have been working on a PSP port of RetroArch for quite some months now. Obviously, this right now is the least powerful RetroArch port so far (in terms of CPU power it is about half the speed of a Raspberry Pi), but we’re still striving to make RetroArch a really nice affair on the PSP.

We will need more time to really deliver though when it comes to the cores. Thanks to the great commits of Aliaspider, we have already managed to achieve fullspeed emulation with Gambatte (at the very least), and through some custom PSP code we have also managed to get FCEUmm to run more or les at fullspeed on the PSP as well.

It’s up for debate whether we will want to whip out a version of RetroArch PSP in time for version 1.0.0.3 – maybe we should wait until we have more cores behind our belt that are really appealing to PSP users, or maybe we should just get this into PSP users’ hands as quickly as possible and then supply them with lots of regular updates with each new version.

I have some plans at least to look at every great standalone PSP port and deliver a libretro port in some way. At least NJEMU (the CPS1/2/Neogeo emulator) is being strongly considered. Maybe Daedalusx64 at some point as well.

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 / Xbox 1 / Wii port

So what are these ports all going to get? Well, they’re going to get for the first time all of the built-in Soft Filters and Audio DSP filters. This is something that has been requested at least a couple of times by users of the console ports, so it’s good that we’re finally supplying that now.

Before release I’ll also hope to have single-pass shader support back into the Xbox 360 port. This coupled with the Soft Filters should be an adequate solution for people wanting more eye candy in their old games – since we can’t really go overboard with FBO scale sizes on the 360 like we can on the PS3 because of the 360′s paltry amount of RAM available for rendertargets.

Other things? The Wii port is now going to support overlays – so will the PS3 port.

Other things we’ve been working on but won’t make it in time for 1.0.0.3:

  • Shader parameters. This is what Themaister is working on right now. This will be really cool – it will allow parameters to be passed to shaders through a config file. Several shaders have certain variables that control certain aspects of what the shader does to the output image – changing these parameters will affect what you will be able to see on the screen. It will also be possible to change these parameters from our built-in ingame menu.
  • Menu drivers. Up until now, you’ve seen this really low-key, retro GUI. After version 1.0.0.3 is out of the way, you will see at least two new menu drivers that will be really eye candy-pleasing – one will be Lakka, a GUI that models itself very closely to the XMB GUI seen on the PlayStation3 and PSP. Another menu driver that we will be introducing is a menu driver that will be based on one of mudlord’s tech demos – RetroArch Advertro. Basically this menu is going to function like the Secret of Mana ring menu. Both of these menu drivers will obviously use OpenGL for rasterization purposes.
  • I’m still going to be working on the Windows Modern UI/Surface/Phone ports. I still need a Windows 8 Phone – so gifts are still very much welcomed there since we are in lack of a device there. I do have development environments set up for Windows 8 and Windows RT so that is no problem. The Surface RT 1 is a bit long in the tooth by now but it’ll suffice for basic development.

I could have talked about some of our more exciting upcoming announcements, but maybe it’s best if I talk about that later after RetroArch 1.0.0.3 is released. As for an ETA? I’m hoping to get it out at least within the next two weeks – the sooner obviously the better, but it will come down to how much work I can crank into these next two weeks.

Also – a lot more core work has been done as well. If you are using Windows and/or Android and you want an ‘in-development’ version to see how things are shaping up, you could always check out Lordashram’s 0-day builds that he posts on the forum.

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jjoseca's Avatar
#45 - jjoseca - 30w ago
thanks for the update

Troop116rules's Avatar
#44 - Troop116rules - 31w ago
If you actually meant that you have this version, you seem to be mistaken. 6.60 Pro is a PSP firmware version. This emulator package is only for PS3, for which you need to be on 3.55 or lower firmware.

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#43 - darksidewalker - 35w ago
I want to play the king of fighters 2002, but each emulator or package I downloaded is never wrong please, someone pass me the complete package?

I'm on 6.60 pro

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