mGBA updated to version 0.7.0 and reRescaler released for the PSVita – You can now use the GameBoy Camera/Super GameBoy with mGBA and playing native PSVita games with screen filters is now possible!
Among the software we use the most on our hacked consoles, we find emulators and these receive substantial updates from time to time. This time, the emulator that received a substantial update is mGBA with its 0.7 update which brings about GameBoy Camera support among other things! Other than that, the PSVita got an interesting plugin called reRescaler which we’ll also be looking at in this article.
mGBA updated to version 0.7
mGBA, which is mainly developed by endrift, is a GameBoy/GameBoy Colour/GameBoy Advance emulator that’s available for numerous hacked consoles. This emulator aims to emulate GameBoy (Colour/Advance) games accurately while delivering good performance on lower-end hardware which is something that it’s able to achieve quite well!
Other than working well, mGBA has an advantage over some other emulators in which all ports derive from the same codebase and are updated simultaneously so when a new release is out, all platforms get it at the same time.
A few months ago back in September, mGBA 0.7 beta 1 was released but now, the 0.7 release is finally out for the general public to enjoy. mGBA 0.7 brings along:
- GameBoy Camera, Super GameBoy and GameBoy Printer support
- An official Nintendo Switch port
- A fix for the poor quality audio bug on the PSVita – improvements up till here are some that 0.7 brings over 0.6.3
- Support for rotation and rumble features on the Nintendo Switch
- A Windows version with an installer
- Many bug fixes including a screen tearing fix for the PSVita port and a bug in which the bottom screen sometimes didn’t update on the 3DS port – improvements till here are some that 0.7 brings over the 0.7 beta release mentioned above
To grab mGBA 0.7, simply follow this link and download the executable/installer file for the platform of your choice. As usual, issues should be reported to the Issues tab of mGBA’s GitHub repository.
reRescaler released for hacked PSVita consoles
reRescaler, by PSVita veteran Rinnegatamante, is a plugin for hacked PSVita consoles that allows you to use screen filters with native games. This plugin supports games running at both native (960×544) and non-native resolutions so in other words, it supports almost all games.
The plugin allows you to choose from 6 different display modes namely:
- Having rescaler turned off completely – this reduces the screen area occupied by the game if it doesn’t run at native resolution
- Original mode which is the same as the mode above but lets games running at lower resolutions occupy the whole screen area
- Sharp Bilinear filter mode
- A simpler Sharp Bilinear filter mode
- LCD 3X mode which displays a somewhat dense grid on your PSVita’s screen thus reducing its brightness
- Disabling Bilinear filtering completely which makes your game look horrible!
I personally tried reRescaler with God Of War Collection (God Of War I as the selected game) and it worked well although I experienced some screen tearing issues so your mileage may vary when using this plugin. Using reRescaler is pretty easy as it works by holding the L/R triggers for a few seconds to toggle between available options.
To get reRescaler, check out its Wololo /talk page to read more information about how to use it and then follow the given download links which lead to VitaDB. Issues should be reported to Rinnegatamante on Twitter or the Wololo /talk page linked above.
On a concluding note, it’s important to state that if you have a reliable source of income and appreciate the work of the numerous developers working in their free time to release cool stuff, you should consider donating to them. The easiest way to do this is to give them donations via Patreon and both the mGBA team and Rinnegatamante have such an account so that you can buy them some beers or coffees 🙂
mGBA’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mgba
Rinnegatamante’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Rinnegatamante