Rany Battikh

Sound Blaster 1.0 Firmware Reverse Engineered

The legendary Sound Blaster, released in 1989 by Creative Labs, was an industry-changer as it paved the way for powerhouse FM-synthesis-on-board cards dominance up until the mid-late 90s. So many clones SB appeared on the market during that time period, mimicking the functionalities of the original hardware, with varying degrees of success. Almost 30 years […]

Bob

Weekly Roundup #228

Here’s this week’s roundup!  An audio-only version, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and for direct-download:  https://www.retrorgb.com/podcast/?name=2020-11-18_228.mp3 Video available on YouTube (above), LBRY and Bitchute:  Please consider signing up as a supporter!  Either hit Join, tip or pledge on this video, or sign up through the following services:  https://www.floatplane.com/channel/RobertNeal  /  https://www.patreon.com/retrorgb   T-Shirts:  https://www.retrorgb.com/store.html All equipment used […]

Bob

Dolphin Blue Ported To Dreamcast

Another Atomiswave exclusive game, Dolphin Blue has been ported to the Sega Dreamcast by megavolt85!:  https://www.dreamcast-talk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13611&sid=9c7dfee653c100bc947891bbb5a17fb1 The game gives off the vibe of “Metal Slug, but on the water” and looks really awesome.  Unfortunately, there seem to be some bugs and glitches in the game, with the most notable being a section in the third […]

Bob

Mobius Strip Tech’s CDi RGB Boards Now Open Source

Mobius Strip Tech has just open sourced his custom RGB board for the top-loading CDi 400 & 500 models.  This board allows for the best quality output from a top-loading CDi, or potentially any CDi that utilized the BT (brooktree) output chips: Github:  https://github.com/mobiusstriptech/CD-i-RGB Oshpark:  https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/50hB7uB8 While the design is now free for anyone to use, it looks […]

Alex Mitchell

Swiss Debuts Memory Card Emulation

If you’re at all interested in exploring unofficial software on the GameCube, you probably already know about Swiss: a home-brew utility that can allow the GameCube to do things like bypass software region restrictions, sharpen its video output, or even load software from SD card adapters. Now, as of version r963, developer Extrems has also implemented […]

Bob

Write-up about the Sega Master System Architecture

SMS Power user Flip (Rodrigo Copetti) has been working on a full analysis of the Sega Master System:  https://www.copetti.org/projects/consoles/master-system/ This is both an archival piece, as well as an excellent source of information for anyone looking to develop on the SMS platform.  While some games of that era haven’t aged very well (and others have received […]

Bob

EverDrive GBA Firmware Update v1.15

Krikzz has posted a (few) firmware updates for the Game Boy Advance Everdrive.  They add support for the same savegame upgrade the other Everdrives have been receiving, which copies the savegame file back to the MicroSD card each time the menu is loaded:  http://krikzz.com/pub/support/everdrive-gba/OS/ Another interesting feature added to this firmware is developer-focused;  Now dev’s […]