This weekend has been pretty good for the console hacking/emulation scenes as two high-profile pieces of software received well-needed updates. In this article, we’ll be looking at Rebug 4.85.1 LITE and RetroArch 1.8.0 which will surely make mobile users happy!
PS3 Release: Rebug 4.85.1 LITE released – Rebug Team looking for 4.85 DEX PUP to create REX version
If you recently decided to hack your CFW-compatible PlayStation 3 and updated to FW 4.85 to do so, you might have noticed that the firmware is a bit light on CFW choices.
Rebug now supports FW 4.85 and the team behind it is looking for a kind soul to provide them the 4.85 DEX PUP!
Due to this, many opted to enable the QA Flag and downgrade to a 4.84 CFW to get the most out of their newly-hacked console but doing so forced you into spoofing your FW version for PSN access.
Now, downgrading a FW 4.84 CFW might no longer be needed for most as FW 4.85 has finally received a version of the highly acclaimed Rebug CFW but unfortunately, there’s a little catch to it.
Apparently, the folks behind Rebug don’t have access to a DEX PUP (DEX standing for development PS3) for FW 4.85 so they weren’t able to create a REX version (hybrid between CEX [commercial models] and DEX [development models]) of their CFW for FW 4.85. As a result, only Rebug 4.85.1 LITE is available for now but it’s quite probable that a DEX PUP will eventually show up meaning that Rebug 4.85.1 REX will probably come along sometime in the future.
With the minor catch out of the way, let’s look at the change log which contains:
Cobra has been updated to version 8.2
Rebug Toolbox 02.03.03 MULTI comes bundled with the CFW for easy customisation of your experience
Improved stability which comes from the firmware update itself (4.85) 😉
To read more about Rebug 4.85.1 and download it, follow this link to its website.
Emulation Release: RetroArch 1.8.0 is out with an improved experience on iOS and Android thanks to overhauled MaterialUI
When RetroArch 1.7.9 was released, we were informed that stable release will be happening more often and less than a month later, here we are with RetroArch 1.8.0.
If you use RetroArch on your smartphone, then you must install version 1.8.0 as it greatly refines the mobile experience! (Image from release post linked below)
For those who don’t know, RetroArch is a multi-platform front-end for your retro-gaming needs as it combines tens of emulators together (using cores) while giving you an easy-to-use and highly customisable interface to configure them and load games.
Now, RetroArch 1.8.0 has been released which brings along:
An overhaul to the MaterialUI menu driver which continues the work started in RA 1.7.9 to greatly improve the experience on smartphones and tablets. This overhaul includes:
A new menu scaling system that uses the screen’s DPI to provide better results
The addition of various animations in order to give that native mobile app feel but these can be disabled if you don’t like them
An Android-esque system bar has been added on top and the bottom navigation bar has received substantial improvements
Auto-rotation, a better landscape experience and other improvements which can be found in the link below
RetroArch can now seamlessly switch between video drivers meaning that many crashing issues are now fixed
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