Basilisk II Vita updated to add Danzeff OSK support and SDLPoP updated to 1.3!
Thanks to the hard work of a couple of developers, homebrew for the PSVita is still getting regular updates to make them even better. This time around, Basilisk II got a much needed update and the Prince of Persia Port got an update that makes it even better!
What is Basilisk II Vita and what got updated?
Basilisk II is an emulator of older 68k Macintosh machines and currently, the best way to play desktop games from the late 1980s to mid 1990s on your PSVita as DosBox doesn’t work that well yet (and I’m not very hopeful it will ever). The update, version 0.32, bring along this much needed feature:
- Support for Danzeff OSK keyboard. This means that you don’t need to either use hard-to-remember button combos with an IMAP file (as per my tutorial) or an external Bluetooth keyboard to input keys. It can be triggered by pressing the ‘START’ button on your Vita.
The Danzeff OSK works very well with the PSVita’s controls and you could make it bigger by pressing left or right on the d-pad based on where the OSK is (on the left or right; if it’s on the right, press right and if it’s on the left, press left).
What is SDLPoP and what got updated?
SDLPop is an open-source port of Prince of Persia, the classic fast paced game from 1989 that was released on various platforms such as MS-DOS, Apple II and the SNES among others. This port (SDLPoP) was created by reverse-engineering the MS-DOS version so it’s very faithful to the original game!
Version 1.3 brings along:
- An update code base which brings the latest features and enhancements from the SDLPoP project.
- An toggle to enable full screen mode got added.
- Some effort was also put into aspect ratios so if you don’t like stretched pixels, you can do some adjustments in the Customization section of the port.
To get both homebrew, all you need to do is download them off VHBB (which uses VitaDB as its source) directly on your Vita! For more information about the homebrew, follow the links below. If you have any issues, report them on the respective GitHub page.
Basilisk II Vita 0.32 (download link + changelog): https://github.com/meetpatty/basiliskii-vita/releases/tag/v0.32
rsn8887’s mod of Basilisk II Vita 0.32 (version 0.32a with added OSK keys): https://github.com/rsn8887/basiliskii-vita/releases
SDLPoP 1.3 (download link + more info + control scheme): https://github.com/usineur/SDLPoP-Vita/releases/tag/vita-1.3
rsn8887’s mod to SDLPoP 1.3 (version 1.3a with an added sharp-bilinear-simple shader): https://github.com/rsn8887/sdlPop-Vita/releases
Note: Basilisk II was ported to the Vita by ‘meetpatty’ and SDLPoP by ‘usineur’.