How The PS1’s Security Was Defeated

Modern Vintage Gamer recently released a video that explains how the original PlayStaytion’s security was defeated and how the discs themselves were left mostly unencrypted. The story is more complicated than “people used a swap trick” though, with MVG detailing how the security functions worked and how it related to the technology of the era.  […]

Xbox 1.4 GHz interposer board by Kekule

Original Xbox modder and product designer/developer Kekule has been on a quest, for quite some time, to reverse engineer the interposer board that was installed along the upgraded CPU in the Friendtech DreamX consoles that were briefly sold in the early-mid 2000s. When the Xbox homebrew scene exploded shortly after the release of the console, […]

Next-gen Xbox will further enhance OG Xbox titles

In a story that blends next-gen and retro gaming, Microsoft has confirmed more details regarding the future of its backwards compatibility efforts with Xbox Series X. For a feature produced by the team at Digital Foundry, Microsoft demonstrated an OG Xbox title running at sixteen times its original rendering resolution with HDR output on its new […]

RetroTINK 2x SCART and Pro Firmware Updates

Mike Chi has just released another firmware update for his RetroTINK line of products, making this the second update in about a week!  The new features in this firmware are for the 2x Pro and 2x SCART devices.  Additions are as follows: Improved DVI-only detection CVBS Luma gain in ‘Auto’ mode now works more like a […]

Vextreme up for sale by GameTechUS

In late 2019, SmokeMonster covered a back-then newly-started open source Vectrex rom-cart project by Rattboi and Technobly, labeled Vextreme. The developers got initially inspired by Spritesmod’s unreleased Vectrex Extreme cart and decided to carry on with the original concept and eventually turn it into a mature releasable product. Jason from GameTechUS stepped in and produced […]

PSIO receives new firmware update (v2.6.12)

(Bias disclosure: The author of this article owns a PSIO, which was acquired personally.) The PSIO, a Playstation optical drive emulator developed by Cybdyn Systems, received a firmware update last week that addressed several bugs and improved game compatibility. The changelog is listed below: Recent Changes from 2.6.11->2.6.12 [Bug Fix] Launching by ‘Quick Start’ would […]

Open Source ‘Capcom Classic’ to JAMMA Adapter

Voultar has just open-sourced his adapter board that allows “Capcom Classic” arcade games to be used with JAMMA arcade cabinets or superguns.  There’s only about 15 original games that use this pinout, but adapters like this can be extremely helpful when using these arcade boards.  A list of supported games can be found here:  https://www.arcade-museum.com/pinouts-class/Capcom_Classic.html Voultar […]

Interview with a PS2 Backward-Compatibility Dev

Tom James over on Medium just posted a (re) interview with ones of the main developers who created the PS2’s backward-compatibility, Tetsuya Iida:  https://medium.com/@freelansations/the-story-of-the-ps2s-backwards-compatibility-from-the-engineer-who-built-it-ec39cf5a0353 Iida’s story is pretty interesting and while many of us retro-nerds some of the facts about how the PS2 handles PS1 games, there’s still quite a few surprises!  For one, the sound […]

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