Welcome to a special Wednesday edition of Download Roundup! The site was having some technical difficulty for a few days, so the download stats are a little off. That being said, this week I used my prediction hat to select which new files I think you guys will love the most. Need to build ISOs or get online with a custom firmware PS3? What about installing brand new homebrew or firmware on PSP? I've got all your bases covered if you take a look inside!
Welcome to a special Wednesday edition of Download Roundup! The site was having some technical difficulty for a few days, so the download stats are a little off. That being said, this week I used my prediction hat to select which new files I think you guys will love the most. Need to build ISOs or get online with a custom firmware PS3? What about installing brand new homebrew or firmware on PSP? I've got all your bases covered if you take a look below!
Older versions of this tool have appeared in Download Roundup before, but this is the first time we've seen an update to it in a few months. For those that forget, this tiny download can be used to convert JB format PS3 backups into ISOs for Cobra custom firmware or Iris Manager. The program has become slimmer and trimmer with updates, and can be used to generate one or several ISOs at once.
In addition to major code cleanup, this new build of Psykosis also packs in a beta file splitting feature for those that need to fit their backups on FAt32 drives. Because there is typically a 4GB file size limit in that case, this app can break your game down into several small parts to make it work. There are also a few tiny GUI alterations to increase ease of use. There isn't anything too major to report honestly, but this utility remains as functional as ever.
Are you a PS2 hacker that frequently uses OPL? Don't miss out on an update to the increasingly popular manager that's featured on the next page!
We just featured an update to OPL Manager in last week's issue, but developer danielb has already made a few small revisions to his winning formula over the past few days. As far as main functions are concerned, not much has changed. This small tool can be used to organize your library of PS2 backups for simple booting with OPL. As scene members probably know, OPL plays PS2 games on storage mediums or over a network. This manager organizes that collection for you, along with your saves in a virtual memory card creator.
As far as version 9 is specifically concerned, support for batch game screenshots has been added. Updates for the app are also checked and downloaded as well. Other than that, you'll be able to look forward to a few bug fixes and an MD5 checker to make sure your backups are as accurate as possible. It's a small update, but that doesn't make it a bad one.
Going online with a modded PS3 is risky business. The download that's coming up, helps thwart Sony's banhammer if it ever falls!
KW's PSNPatch is another favorite on our countdown, and this week it appears no different. For folks not in the loop, this homebrew application can be used for PSN content activation as well as providing semi-safe stealth connections when playing backups online. Sony habitually bans PSN accounts that use custom firmware, and this project has become one of the most popular ways to hopefully stop that from happening.
In version 2.47, accurate IDPS data about your system is displayed within the app. That way if you ever need to know what your ID is, you don't need to dig deep into the system architecture to find it. Also, thanks to Habib's PS2 support increase in his latest custom firmware, this update allows you to easily swap between ISO and Classics emulation at will. The feature does conflict with Habib's personal plugin, but you can just disable that and use the PSNPatch one instead. The OFW mode found in the previous release has also been improved for those that are truly serious about avoiding bans. All in all, this is the same great utility you've come to know and love. As KW continues to add features, who knows where this project will head next!
Everybody loves a new PSP homebrew, so keep on reading to see the latest indie release on our servers!
SQRXZ is a multi-platform indie game, but the very latest iteration in the series has deservedly found a home on PSP. Created by RetroGuru, this is a platformer adventure that takes cue from eight and sixteen bit classics like Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. As a bug like-creature called SQRXZ, it's your job to collect marbles in an effort to make money for your hungry family.
However, in this new sequel, that task is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Cold Cash has players battling up icy mountains, avoiding enemies, and collecting fruit to increase their score. Then of course marbles are the major draw for completing levels correctly. Indie platformers are aplenty these days, but few come as full-featured as SQRXZ IV on PSP. If you want a fresh but retro experience to try, SQRXZ IV is absolutely it. Don't believe me? Watch the demo clip above!
The first PSP firmware of 2014 is here! Check out the (L)ME port with huge future potential on the final page!
2014 had yet to see a new PSP custom firmware release, but that trend finally ended a few days ago. Some of you may remember Neur0n's 6.60 ME custom firmware, and this is a 6.20 port of that project by Rahim-US. If you were wondering why a 6.20 firmware is still relevant when 6.60 is the most recent version, the simplest answer resides in the ability to use a "permanent" patch on the majority of PSP-3000 and GO systems. While 1000 and 2000 models can boot to any custom firmware directly, 6.20 is the only firmware where this is possible on more recent models. These findings have already been taken advantage of by the PRO team some time ago, but this is the first time (L)ME will get a taste of it. That being said, this firmware is really only useful for those with newer PSPs.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the actual permanent patch for 6.20 (L)ME is still being tested. Regardless, there's no harm in getting things installed before release day comes. Before doing anything, please consult this chart to make sure your model can use the permanent patch (although most can.) Then, you may need to use the Chronoswitch Downgrader to revert to 6.20 if you've upgraded to something higher than that. As with any custom firmware, flash at your own risk!
That's all for this week, but which download has you most excited? Let me know in the comments section!