Super Everdrive China Version

I’m not 100% sure if this is a genuine version or a clone but it work and that’s all that matters to me. This was a Amazon find for about $50 and it came with a 8GB SD. This uses the same software as the original Super Everdrive and has the exact same limitations. This will not play any of the enhancement chip games, you will need to upgrade to the SD2SNES to get that support.

PlayStation 4 Pro & PSVR

I had the opportunity to pick up the PS4 Pro and the PSVR this week. Here are my thoughts.

PlayStation 4 Pro:

I had a PS4 and I do not have a 4K TV, so why the hell did I do this? I am seeing more and more releases that will support the Pro performance boost especially with the PSVR games. I did not want to get in a position where I get subpar results with newer games & SPVR games and decided to take the plunge. I was not 100% sure on how big a difference I would see on my 1080p gaming TV with the PS4 Pro, but it ended up being a lot more that I thought. 4K upscaling/output is just one piece of the puzzle, the extra processing for texture enhancements and better/stable frame rates on supported games is a great enhancement and noticeable. This by no means feels like a “new” console release. Its more like a how Apple iPhones feel between releases. Its not a new platform but more of a updated, faster and new feature set platform.

I booted up my original launch PS4 and deleted all the disc based games I had and did the backup process using a ethernet cable between the old PS4 (I hate calling it that) and the PS4 Pro. With in 40 minutes I was up and running with my profile and digital games all running fine.

PlayStation VR:

Right off the bat, this thing was package like an Apple product. It seems like it was packed with such care and felt like a “premium” product. The instructions were very well written and easy to follow. I was up and running with in 20 minutes or so. The was an update for the PS4 and also for the PSVR (The hardware does get updates that are different from the OS updates) that needed to download and install. 2 reboots later I had the VR demo disc downloading.

I am not going to go in to it to much in this post but, I was really taken back by the immersion and quality of the VR experience. There are so many mixed reviews of it on the net and I think I figured out why so many don’t give it the praise it deserves. Many of the people online that have been very vocal about the quality of the PSVR have also played with the Vive & Rift on really powerful PCs. I do not feel like the PSVR is a direct competitor of these other VR devices since a PS4/PS4 Pro do not have the same hours power and GPUs that a nice gaming PC rig would have. Since the PSVR is the only VR device I have ever tried, its the only thing I know, from what I have seen/felt with the PSVR is not short from amazing. It really is amazing we are now able to have a consumer friendly VR device that can be used in the comfort of our home.

Rambling.. If you have not tired it yet, DO IT! Its a blast. I will be adding some posts on various VR games I like playing.

Dreamcast GDROM Notes

Random Notes: I was looking for some info on Title Name and Disc Artwork and this is what I can find:

Default game titles from the IP.bin header

The disc icons also come from the GDI’s. If there is a file called 0gdtex.pvr in the GDI then it will display an icon. Not all GDI’s have this so sometimes there is no image, and also sometimes the image is upside down (in the dreamcast music player the icon would spin so orientation did not matter).

More to come…

Game Boy Advance SP Case Replacment

I had a back-lit (AGS-101) Game Boy Advance SP that had a broken hinge for a year or so. I picked it up cheap on eBay with the intent on fixing it. I came across a vendor on Amazon that was selling full shell replacements for the SP and jumped on it. I always liked the black SP but the back-lit models did not come in this color. It was a perfect opportunity to accomplish this with a new shell.

As you can tell from the photos below, this thing was in bad shape and needed some TLC.

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After about an hour or so I ended up with a working black back-lit SP.

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I ended up not using the screen protector that came with the Amazon one since the original actually looked fantastic after a good cleaning. I also changed most of the triwing screws to standard screws.

SuperCard Mini SD

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This is a Slot 2/GBS formfactor flashcart for GBA/DS games. This uses the “not so common” MiniSD card. It actually comes with a MicroSD to MiniSD converter which helps. This also has a internal battery for SRAM saves.

What systems does it work on?
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance SP
Game Boy Micro
DS
DS Lite

MiniSD Card Info
Supports only FAT/FAT16
2GB Max Size

Files:
supercard-mini-sd-gba

Battery replacement list

Nintendo 64 Cart Memory Battery:
CR2032

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Cart Battery:
CR1616

Nintendo Game Boy Cart Battery:
CR2025

Nintendo Game Boy Color Cart Battery:
CR2025

Nintendo SNES Cart Memory Battery:
CR2032

Nintendo NES Cart Memory Battery:
CR2032

Nintendo Game Cube Memory Battery:
CR2032

Sega Saturn:
CR2032

Sega Dreamcast:
2032 or LR2030 (NOT a CR2032 as it is not rechargeable)

Sega Dreamcast VMU:
CR2038 (Takes two of them)

SEGA CD Model 2 RAM Battery:
CR2016

 

I will add more as I think of them.

Turbo EverDrive

Growing up, I never had a TG-16 but I had a buddy that did. It has some titles that get over looked quite often. I loved playing Military Madness back in the day and the Bonk games are really not that bad. I came to the conclusion that I really like playing these games on an actual system and not emulated. Looks like Everdrive to the rescue. I picked up the Turbo Everdrive and tossed a microSD in there and started playing. This card is built like a tank and fits in to my TG-16 perfectly.

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Playstation Vita VPK Notes

How to install the UPDATES:

1. Install game vpk
2. Copy update zip contents to the game folder
3. Make a GameTitleIDfolder in ux0:Patch/ folder in vitashell (ex: ux0:Patch/PCSE00000)
4. Copy the update zip contents to the new folder you just created in ux0:Patch/
5. Start the game, now it should not say to update your game and should detect the latest version.

How to install the DLC:

Copy the ADDCONT_PLAIN folder into root of ux0 for each item you want! e.g ux0:/addcont_plain/PCSE00000/*

Errors:

0XFFFFFF means low storage.