Its 2017 and the PlayStation 2 community continues adding new content, that keeps the system going with new interest.This time around developer Theldus adds a port of NIM to the library of PS2 Homebrew. This simple game is all about using your math skills in strategic pursuit to avoid being the last to make a move. The dev has shared a bit of information on the title and a bit about the projects development, so give it a look as this simple port is a welcome addition to the PS2 Community. -STLcardsWS
NIM - PS2 Edition
What is it?
Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from distinct heaps. On each turn, a player must remove at least one object, and may remove any number of objects provided they all come from the same heap. The goal of the game is to avoid being the player who must remove the last object. -- Wikipedia
Because it's cool? Of course, that's not all. Well, I have always tried to create software for the maximum number of architectures I could get and to develop for the current consoles is very trivial and it is possible to find a lot of good content through the internet. Also, it was a very interesting experience and I learned a lot from it =).
Developing for PS2 was a big challenge for me, there are a dozen things I did not know and others that I still don't know, the architecture is completely different from an Intel x86 and there are lots of extra things that you need to take into account.
If you think that creating games for PS2 consists of dragging cute colored buttons from side to side through an engine using some kawaii programming language, give up, it's not for you.
AFAIK, there is only one 'official' form of development for PS2 that is using the official Sony SDK that costs a few tons of moneys.
Fortunately, a very clever group -- ps2dev -- was able through Sony's processor manuals to create a complete game development environment for PlayStation 2, so thanks to them, we can now develop for PS2 =).
So to compile this code and/or develop your games you need to download ps2toolchain* and know C or C++. *I highly recommend you to checkout for the commit 101e8f857bf26a4a174a3c67a0619beb6c5d5564, since it was this version of the toolchain I used and I cannot guarantee that the code will work in other versions.
Works on real hardware?
Of course, but only for non-original consoles, that is, consoles that were unlocked to play pirate games. So you're encouraging piracy? Of course not, and I always encourage the purchase of original games, but if you are (or know) some unhappy owner, you can test it there. Why pirate? The chip inserted into the pirated consoles adds some extra features to the console, such as running a boot file, which opens up space for a plenty of new features.
You will also always be free to test in a completely legal way using an emulator such as the well known PCSX2.
- I want to add to this repository, in my free time, the support materials that I have used, as well as links that helped me a lot to accomplish that.
- Also I plan to document all my code, as a tutorial for beginners.
- Do not expect my code to be written in the best possible way and error-free, I am just as beginner as (possibly) anyone who is reading this, so if you find errors, have suggestions, or want to contribute in any way, let me know.
By kozarovv on Aug 17, 2017 at 5:17 AM
Milestone Update for Orbital - An PS4 Emulator by @AlexAltea - now with (very first) Video Output!Nearly a year ago, Developer @AlexAltea showcased us an early-stage Version from his own PS4 Emulator called Orbital. The very first Version was on a minimal stage by running several code examples on a Terminal within Linux only but this was already impressive since as you probably know, both the PS4 and standard Computers shares the same x86 CPU Architecture. But the CPU isn't the only thing the PS4 shares with a standard PC. Since you need also a lot of GPU Power to run your Games on a Console for General, it is getting quite usual that those big players like NVIDIA or AMD are collaborating with the Console Manufacturers to deliver them with special-designed Graphics Processing Units for the Consoles you own. Even when we talk about "Special" GPU's, you already recognized by yourself that if you go further in newer Console Generations, you realized that the internal GPU used inside each Console is having more and more similarities compared to a standard GPU. With that result in mind, Developer @AlexAltea showcased yesterday that his Emulator Orbital is capable of running the Safe Mode of the PS4 together with getting a Video Output from that mentioned Safe Mode as well, which leads to the point that his Emulator showcased the very first Video Output from a PS4 emulated by a PC! Do I have to say more? Continue reading
4.84.3 STARBUGED (w/ COBRA 8.01) - New update in from Habib
Following the introduction of 4.84 STARBUGED CFW for the PS3, which also gave us the introduction of Cobra v8.0x from developer @habib, Has now followed up that cfw release with 4.84.3 STARBUGED (w/ Cobra 8.01) that contains some more candy for the scene. As the developer has provided new features once again with this update with the ability to Hardcode Kernel Plugins, which can be useful for things like MAMBA (a Cobra Alternative) as it can not be ran as a kernel plugin. Down below you will see the technical aspects of what this update has provided from Ps3 CFW Developer @habib.
RPCS3 (PS3 Emulator) - January 2019 Progress Report (+ useful Extras and Tools)A new Year, a new Progress Report begins. Kinda late for March, I know and yes it's not the first time I use this excuse for being such late. But the Team behind this wonderful PS3 Emulator RPCS3 thought about that instead of bringing you a monthly updated Progress Report only this time - which still shows some impressive Progress from each Month if you ask me - they decided that it would be a good start for the first Progress Report of 2019 to release some additional Tools together with the January 2019 Progress Report. So while you can enjoy their Progress for January both down below and on their Blog post (also linked down below), the Team behind RPCS3 teased several Tweets about their additional Achievements they did since the beginning of this year. You want an example? Well, maybe you didn't know about but since RPCS3 also supports a Basic Network Functionality, it will allow you not only to emulate some AAA Game Titles. It can be also useful to emulate other Non-Gaming Applications and various Media Applications as well. So there is no problem at all to watch some Videos using the official YouTube-Applications for PS3 via RPCS3, viewing the newest Episode from you favourite Anime Series on Crunchyroll or why not enjoying a full-length Hollywood Blockbuster on Netflix, for instance. How cool is that?Continue reading
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