PlayStation Classic & 3DS News: AutoBleem 0.9 & RetroBoot 1.1 released for the PSC & Luma 3DS 10.1/10.1.1 released with faster shutdowns, BPS patch support and FW 4.x Boot Fix
Last week was full of Nintendo Switch-related news so it’s only fair that other hacked consoles get to see some love this time around. In this article, we’re going to look at AutoBleem 0.9 & RetroBoot 1.1 for the PlayStation Classic which are both popular hacking solutions together with the release of Luma3DS 10.1/10.1.1 for the Nintendo 3DS!
PlayStation Classic: AutoBleem 0.9 & RetroBoot 1.1 released
Despite Sony’s PlayStation Classic micro-console being over 1.5 years old and not having done too well commercially, interest from the hacking community still remains pretty decent which has no doubt prompted many to mess around with their PlayStation Classic while they were stuck at home due to coronavirus-related lockdowns. Now, AutoBleem and RetroBoot, have received sizeable updates with the former gaining its own Linux kernel and the latter having RetroArch being updated to version 1.8.5 together with other goodies.
For those who aren’t in the loop, AutoBleem is one of the major hacking solutions for the PlayStation Classic together with RetroBoot & Project Eris and it’s touted as a quicker solution for hacking your PlayStation Classic without requiring configuration from a PC while still providing a good deal of potential. According to its release post on AutoBleem’s website, AutoBleem 0.9 comes with:
- Its own Linux kernel which comes with:
- Support for USB OTG, RNDIS and Ethernet
- Experimental support for Bluetooth letting you use wireless controllers
- The ability to interface with common file systems like NTFS and exFAT
- Easy WiFi setup and the facility to auto-connect to a network on boot
- It’s important to note that AutoBleem’s kernel flasher will not flash the AutoBleem kernel if you have BleemSync’s or Project Eris’ kernel installed on your PlayStation Classic so you must uninstall these first
- Thanks to internet support, AutoBleem can now automatically set the current date & time
- The PlayStation 1 Game Carousel now displays the last time a game was played provided you have your date & time set
- In the Bluetooth department, the Switch Pro controller and the GameSir G3s controller are confirmed to work although the DualShock 3/4 aren’t fully stable at the moment
- RetroBoot 1.1 is now built into AutoBleem which comes with not only the latest version of RetroArch (1.8.5) but it also comes with EmulationStation!
- Some other software namely AmiBerry, OpenBor, DOOM, Wolfenstein 3D, Tyrian, Prince of Persia & Duke Nukem 3D is included
Moving over to RetroBoot, which is the hacking solution of choice if you simply want to play retro games on your PlayStation Classic, version 1.1 packs a decent deal of punch including:
- As mentioned above, RetroBoot now comes with EmulationStation which is a RetroArch alternative
- It’s important to check EmulationStation’s ROM structure in the included README
- The inclusion of RetroArch 1.8.5 which comes with new display scaling options together with new colour themes for Ozone and XMB; obviously, new/updated cores are included as well
- Assets, databases and configurations for this have also been updated
- Support for Project Eris’ *.mod packages
- These are to be placed in a folder called ‘RB_PATCH’ on the root of your pendrive and they get installed when you load up RetroBoot
- Experimental RNDIS/Telnet support has been axed in favour of the newly-released AutoBleem kernel mentioned above
You may read more about AutoBleem 0.9 and grab it by following this link (only the MEGA links appears to be working at the moment). More information can about RetroBoot 1.1 can be found on its Reddit Release Thread together with download links.
Nintendo 3DS: Luma3DS 10.1 & 10.1.1 released with faster shutdowns, support for BPS patches, a fix for booting on FW 4.x and more!
If you’ve ever touched a hacked Nintendo 3DS then chances are that some version of Luma3DS was installed on it as it’s effectively the most popular CFW for the console thanks to a wide range of features, support for many hacks and all Nintendo 2/3DS models. As Luma3DS’ codebase is pretty stable and interest in the 3DS isn’t as it used to be, releases are generally a few months apart but now, we’ve got Luma3DS 10.1 & 10.1.1 (released a day apart) which come with:
- Much faster shutdown time with your 3DS now expected to shut down in 2.5-3.5 seconds rather than up to 16 seconds (10.1.1)
- This was brought about by fixing regressions from Luma3DS 10.0 & 10.0 together with a bug from 2016 being ironed out meaning that Luma3DS 10.1.1 should be one of the fastest versions to shut down from all Luma3DS versions!
- Booting on Firmware 4.x has been fixed if you’re still using such an ancient firmware (10.1)
- Speaking of older firmwares, it’s now possible to launch *.3dsx applications on Firmware 4.x-7.x as long as Rosalina is supported
- Two new options in Rosalina’s ‘System Configuration’ submenu were added namely one for forcing a WiFi network (allows local network homebrew to work even if the connection test fails) and the ability to disable short POWER button presses (10.1)
- Support for BPS patches (10.1)
- Changes to the NTP (Network Time Protocol) submenu together, the checking of button combos again after PIN/splash screens in the ARM9 menu and various bug fixes which can be seen in the GitHub changelogs linked below
- Luma3DS 10.1.2 is to be expected soon according to TuxSH as a regression from Luma3DS 10.1.1 was found.
To learn more about Luma3DS 10.1 and 10.1.1 while also grabbing them for your 3DS, follow this link to their GitHub release page and obviously grab Luma3DS 10.1.1! A user on Reddit has reported that Luma Updater allowed them to update to Luma3DS 10.1.1 just fine which one of the easiest way to install its.
Other than these releases, vitaQuake II 2.3 has been released with significant performance boosts & more stable game code while Cuevavirus has released a modded version of Rinnegatamante’s vitaQuake for the PlayStation TV that runs @ 1920×1080 and is able to do 60FPS with overclocking. Going back to the 3DS front, a new exploit called unSAFE_MODE has been released which works on FW 6.0+ on both the Old & New3DS which may be interesting to read about – this exploit requires a userland hack like bannerbomb3 to be employed.