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FB Alpha Retro Loader (FBA RL) 1.03

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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.

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 3.4X / 4.XX (should work for everyone).
  • Tested @ 1080p / 720p / 480p resolutions via HDMI.

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

The file have a big structure with all the information for all supported drivers in FB Alpha v0.2.97.30.

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 file 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 (Game List Specific):

  • 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 (X) to Load the selected Game.
  • Press (O) to return to Main Menu.
  • Press [START] to Rescan ROM(s).

Main Features:

  • Neo-Geo UNI-BIOS support (must be present in neogeo.zip)
  • FTP support
  • 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 (PS) 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:

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

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Thanks to:

  • My buddies Treble Winner (Barry) / Kev / IQ_132 from the original FB Alpha Team <3.
  • Thanks to Sturn and JacKc for the preview images @ NeoSource (http://neosource.1emu.net/)
  • 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
  • Annonymous - 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.

by CaptainCPS-X.


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