PS3/Switch/PSP News: SEN Enabler 6.2.3 released with FW 4.85 spoofing, StepMania ported to the Switch and Chovy-GM is out letting you run GameMaker 8.1 games on the PSP
This week was pretty hectic with the release of h-encore², PSVita FW 3.72 and PS3 FW 4.85 but other stuff got released as well. In this article, we’ll be looking at some noteworthy homebrew/tools released in the last few days which includes SEN Enabler 6.2.3, StepMania for the Switch and Chovy GM!
PS3 Release: SEN Enabler 6.2.3 with FW 4.85 spoofing support
As the PlayStation 3’s online gaming servers are still up and running, one of the first orders of business when a new firmware is out is an update to SEN Enabler. SEN Enabler is a homebrew utility for hacked PlayStation 3 consoles running a CFW that lets you spoof your firmware version, disable CFW syscalls and patch your MAC address among other things.
Following FW 4.85’s release a few days ago, SEN Enabler 6.2.3 got released and it comes with the following features:
- Ability to set the spoofed version to 4.85
- Support for Cobra 4.85 CEX
- Spoof and hash fix support for 4.85 CFW Cobra CEX
As usual, it’s important to note that using SEN Enabler will not reduce your chance of getting banned to 0% but it can drastically reduce the chances of it happening if used properly.
To grab SEN Enabler 6.2.3, check out this link and choose your preferred mirror.
Switch & PSP Releases: StepMania port for the Switch and Chovy GM for the PSP
The Nintendo Switch is no stranger to rhythm games and has quite a few official titles ranging from Just Dance 2019 to VOEZ but it also has some homebrew entries including McOsu NX (OSU! port) and now, it gained a StepMania 5.1 port!
As suggested by the above, StepMania is a pretty popular rhythm game that’s open-source. It’s available on a wide range of platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, PSP and Nintendo DS and one can easily create dance patterns for MP3/OGG tracks.
Now, it’s also been ported to the Switch thanks to developer p-sam, who’s created a Super Mario War port for the console, and this port is to be run via hbmenu using hbl. Furthermore, according to natinusala (a veteran developer in the Switch scene), USB pads can also be used so you can have a more authentic rhythm gaming experience especially if you flip out your Switch’s kickstand to play in tabletop mode!
In other news, the PSP (and PSVita, by extension) also saw some love a few hours ago as Chovy GM got released which is a tool letting you port over GameMaker 8.1/8/7 games to the PSP by simply specifying a StandAlone Executable file and building an ISO. According to its GitHub release page, it makes use of the GameMaker Runner found in Karoshi’s PSP port which is a highly experimental build never released to the general public for standard development.
To download Chovy GM and give some old GameMaker projects a go on the PSP, download Chovy GM from this link but do keep in mind the PSP’s limited hardware and small amount of RAM!
While the last few days saw quite a few homebrew releases, interesting stuff was also going on in the emulation scene as the unreleased GameBoy Printer Color got reverse engineered, 3 Japan-only rare Famicom games by Konami were dumped and RetroArch 1.7.8 was released with some cool features like the RetroArch AI service which includes text-to-speech functionality for on-screen text and the ability to translate on-screen text to another language (Japanese to English for example) using online/local services.