To continue to find fun and exciting uses for my Sixaxis Dualshock 3 I’ve been driven to emulate as much as possible.  We have already shown what can be done with n64oid to turn your Transformer Infinity into a Nintendo 64. Now we will move on to something a little more cool, “Playstation.” To emulate the first generation Playstation and play any PSX roms you need a couple of things.

Things you will need:

  • The app I’ve decided to use was FPse. Available on the Google Play Store.
  • PSX Bios File… Google it or …
  • You are going to want the Open GL plugin so your games don’t look like jaggy-edged-butt. Open GL plugin info/downloads.
  • Some Roms (.bin files is what you are shooting for here.)
  • Some Rom files are going to be .ecm. I believe these are direct from disc Playstation rips. You’ll need ECM Tools to turn these into a bin files. Specifically you will use “unecm.exe.”

There are a TON of settings you can tweak inside the app so you should be able to get it working on your device if you are persistent.  The setup is basic:

Install the App -> Download Bios File -> Download Optional Open GL plugin ->  The app will ask you the location of the Bios File right away -> Download .bin/.ecm (to convert to bin) PSX roms -> Play.

There was only one funky thing with my Dualshock 3 and that was that the square-triangle-circle-cross buttons where all rotated clockwise one button.  So when playing a game: square was the triangle button, Circle was triangle and so on. I was too lazy to try and go through to fix it so I just play with them like that.

Games I’ve played so far: Crash Bandicoot 2, Tomb Raider Chronicles, Harry Potter and Philosophers Stone, and Spyro the Dragon.  Here is a list of working/nonworking Roms so you know what to spend your time trying to get.  Sadly FFVII is still just as bad as it is on any other emulated platform. Doesn’t seem like we’ll ever get it this way.. but… “Sup Bro!”

 

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My wonderful girlfriend got me a Dualshock 3 Sixaxis controller for my birthday.  This was super exciting for me because it opens up the Infinity to a whole new level of gaming as this controller is Bluetooth.

Truth time. I am not a huge fan of touch screens for controlling games. Navigating around, manipulating media, and the general day to day is fine. Typing? Prefer the physical keyboard. Gaming? Prefer a keyboard and mouse but will be happy with a controller.

I use the Sixaxis app to connect the controller to my Transformer Infinity. There are plenty of tutorials and instructions out there on how to use this utility to pair your PS3 controller. Here is one.

I’m using a popular Nintendo 64 emulator called n64oid. It is no longer on the Play Store so you will have to track it down manually if that is the one you want to use.  There are others available but I’ve not used any of them.

You’ll notice the screen shots below of Super Mario 64 are using the high resolution texture packs. These things are awesome!  and make the game look so much nicer.

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Tips and Tricks I learned along the way:

  • I find that running n64oid after a fresh reboot helps things run smoother.
  • Putting the CPU in performance mode reduces the chance for stuttering or slow downs dramatically. Nearly non-existent in some cases.  (In CM 10.1 this is located in Settings -> Advanced -> CPU Mode Switch -> Performance)
  • When you initially load a rom and it can sometimes just hang at the black screen. I’ve found that if I just bring up the n64oid menu options the rom seems to be “Jump-started” to life/loading faster. I could just be superstitious about this though. Try it?
  • Sadly GoldenEye is still crap when Emulated. I’ve never had it be playable on any platform.
  • Lots of roms don’t work and you will be disappointed in their performance. The games below work about 90%. They are totally playable but there is still that, “aww man it isn’t perfect…” Factor. When we are chasing nostalgia like this it pops our little perfect bubble. We remember the good times on the TV where everything graphical was blowing our minds. This will take you back slightly but know what you are getting into. You won’t be totally taken back and immersed. Go get an n64 at a thrift shop for that.

I’ve not tested the whole heap of roms but I have tested quite a few.  Below are some screen shots from my favorites.

  • Super Mario 64
  • Paper Mario
  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • Mario Kart
  • Quest64 (not pictured)

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