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GSDX9 Lives!

Gabest popped on to the forums yesterday to release a new version of his plugin, notable changes being:
This version fixes a few things like shaking/interlacing
MTGS crash fix
Software rendering reaching about 10-20% higher framerate

Do note this version requires Pixel Shader 2 and SSE2. Unfortunately the Pixel Shader thing can no longer be helped due to microsoft removing Pixelshader 1.1 and 1.4 support from DirectX, so for those without, this is an omen to update your graphics card Smile

You can grab it from here
To discuss or get support, you can do so here


PCSX2 team unstoppable!

It seems like our developers are on steroids, there has been so many progress in the last few days (netplay and usb keyboard support).

Of course betatesters do not sit still either, since Monster Hunter is not the only game which supports online gaming. We have tried to find other games supporting netplay as well.
By comparing the list of netplay capable games (wiki!) with our PCSX2 compatibility list, we found that the game XIII would be a good candidate.
The game itself is fully playable at reasonable speeds in the single player mode.

Trying our luck with the same dev9 plugin (netplay) did not give us the results we hoped for. Authentication went smooth however account creation kept failing over and over again.

Fortunately gigaherz and drkIIRaziel worked together trying to solve this issue. After the plugin was rewritten they managed to fix the problem.

(hmm... that deathmatch versus drkIIRaziel went not the way as I hoped Razz )


***** Some Testing

Work towards PCSX2 0.9.4 continues at a steady pace! GiGaHeRz has done significant work towards USB emulation, and we now have keyboard support!

When going online with PCSX2, or even a real PS2, chat and general team work requires you type to other players, thus GiGaHeRz was inspired to work on the USB side of PS2 emulation and bring us working keyboard support!

You don't even need a USB keyboard plugged into your PC, it can be any type of keyboard Smile Of course this required us to test (play) even more Monster Hunter together...*ahem*

You may be wondering why the first word in the news post is just a bunch of stars? Well it seems Capcom like any sensible network game developer, censor certain words, however whilst 'testing' PCSX2 we soon found that the word after is censored in the game, whats even funnier, the word wanker isn't! (gasp, swearing on news page!)

Video and yet more shots of our exploits, the video certainly makes me chuckle Evil or Very Mad

Do the Falc Stamp! - VIDEO 2.09MB
(Poor old Falcon4ever mwhahahar)

Monster Hunter Online1 Monster Hunter Online2
Monster Hunter Online3 Monster Hunter Online4
Monster Hunter Online5

For more screenshots you can grab this screenshot pack (5.12 mb) here


Drunk Together at Last!

GiGaHeRz did it!! *hic* *wobble*...erm, oh I'd best explain I suppose!

DEV9 is a section of the PS2 which handles a variety of things; HDD, USB and ethernet. GiGaHeRz has been working on one aspect of DEV9, ethernet!

PCSX2 now supports PS2 ethernet, so what does that mean? ONLINE PLAY BABY. On August 30th 2007 GiGaHeRz successfully logged on to the official Capcom Monster Hunter servers and entered a town, briefly after his success I to logged in and joined him!

Subsequently most of the betatesting and development team have logged onto Monster Hunter, interacted with people playing on their real PS2's and even gone questing with each other; including other Monster Hunter players.

This is a significant moment for PCSX2, as we are perhaps one of the first emulation projects to ever let the emulator user connect to a real live official server and play their game online. The only other project we are aware of; that has even come close to this feat would be nullDC (a Dreamcast emulator for Windows).

Testing is ongoing with a variety of online games, and the lack of USB keyboard and mouse support (hopefully to be resolved soon), means PAD typing messages is the only way to communicate online.

This advance towards emulating some of the more "unique" features of the PS2 has once again put into sharp focus the need for you to dump your own BIOS. The specifics I won't detail here, however those of you downloading your BIOS will suffer the consequences.

We shall let you know of further progress with any games we get to go online, but Monster Hunter is a fantastic example of how well PS2 emulation can work, average framerates of 50-70 FPS, with lows of 35 in intense moments. Monster Hunter is utterly stable, I myself have been playing it for some time only noticing minor visual issues on rare occasions.

So here for your pleasure is a video of us just saying hello, and 80 (both general and online) screenshots! if you don't mind, we've got alcohol to consume *hic*

PCSX2 Team Online! - VIDEO 2.59MB
(Jenova2666 isn't part of the team, but he's a friend of ours, and on his real PS2)

Online Shots

Online1 Online2
Online3 Online4

More screens

(Going online with PCSX2, see, lack of constant news means something big is happening!)


(Big group photo session, oh boy did this take some arranging!)


(Everyone in the tavern, drunk and horny! Note drkIIRaziel in the second tavern shot, thats the drkIIRaziel from nullDC!)

More screens

Offline Shots

Online11 Online12

More screens

(Various armors from the game, there are loads,...still working on my Kezu Armor)

Online13 Online14

More screens

(Rathian fighting can be epic on your own, but isn't she gorgeous...awww)

Online15 Online16

More screens

0.9.2 VM Fix - Probably

Since 0.9.2's release, many users, mainly those who live in Brazil, have had problems running the VM version of PCSX2. After trialing this fix on the forum for the past 6 or so months, I figured it was about time we put it on the site!

So if any of you guys have enabled the permissions, logged out, then back in to find it still doesn't work, this should be your salvation!

Users with Athlon XP processors or any chip without SSE2 support, this isn't your problem. VM requires SSE2 to function correctly which is why you are getting crashes.

You can download the fix from here
If you still have problems check this thread

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