While it’s only been a couple of weeks since the X-station received its latest firmware update, the project’s main developer ramapcsx2 just released yet another newer update that improves, or rather simplifies compatibility and addresses a few bugs.
Introduced by Sony in 1998, Libcrypt is extra code stored on quite a few PAL PS disc/games that served as a preventative measure against piracy. Basically, Libcrypt‘s main function is to detect the presence of an installed mod-chip. The inserted Libcrypt-infused game then won’t boot at all in case the subject console proved to be modded. For years now, the only way to get around Libcrypt was to use a patching software and individual .ppf files for each single title.
With firmware 1.0.4 the end-user is only required to copy any Libcrypt game to the SD-card and the X-station will take care of the rest. No patching of any kind is required here anymore.
Support for Namco’s lightgun GunCon (ideally used with Time Crisis) and steering-wheel-in-a-controller NeGcon (ideally used with Ridge Racer) was added as well.
Here’s the full list of features and improvements available when upgrading to firmware 1.0.4:
- Reset line better debouncing for PU-8 slow rise times
- Libcrypt protected games now work, no user attention required
- Fixed remembering path names with special characters
- NeGcon, Mouse and GunCon support
- Brushed up artwork
- Further 3rd party accessories tweaks
Now that a lot more people received and installed their X-station kits, ramapcsx2 seems to be working relentlessly on making his ODE a as-close-to-perfect product.
- Download the X-station latest firmware: https://github.com/x-station/xstation-releases/releases
- Buy LaserBear’s 3d printed SD-card tray: https://laserbear.net/shop/ols/products/ps1-xstation-sd-card-mount
- Pre-order the X-station from Castlemania Games: https://castlemaniagames.com/products/xstation
- Full list of PAL Libcrypt games: http://redump.org/discs/libcrypt/2/