GBA Emulator Speed?

Discussion in 'PSP - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Gavin Barrows, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Gavin Barrows
    OP

    Gavin Barrows Member

    Newcomer
    15
    3
    Aug 23, 2014
    United States
    Star, Idaho
    So I have an old PSP 3000 sitting about and recently got a SNES emu on it. It was SNES 9x TYL memcm or whatever, the newest version with memory speed up or some shit. Things were really slow though and it really just sucked dick over all. Many games wouldn't run at normal speeds even with frameskip on auto and things like that. So I want to play FF6 via the GBA version. Does it run well? Full speed at all? Just wondering cause I really need to play through that game again.
     
  2. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    4,115
    1,168
    Jan 2, 2009
    Gambia, The
    Most snes games need some tinkering to get running at full or acceptable speeds, but its usually possible.
    PSP accel. + approx. soft. and PSP accel. + accur. soft. usually get it done, also vsynv off, frameskip auto 1 and limit frames to 60fps work for most games, but sadly not for the cool ones that had extra chips (kirby, yoshis island...) or those that heavily use mode 7 (mario kart, some FF)

    FF6 on gba (uo gpsp kai) works but only using frameskip. it'll run at 45 or so fps, but it will look mostly normal, its not that big a deal in rpgs after all. some slowdowns in places with many npcs (mogs protecting terra for example), some attack animations (mass heal i think, though i believe that caused some slowdown even on original hardware) and I only played it until you reach sabins mountain, dont know if having a full party affects frames in battle.

    having said that, you might want to look into the ps1 port of the game. it should run at full speed, but with annoying loading times when entering towns/battles/using skills. i never tried it and i'm not sure if loading times were only due to the game being on a disk, or if they were hardcoded into the game.

    in general, you have to understand that the psp really isnt that powerful and final fantasy 6 is among the games that took everything the gba had to offer back in the day. it running as well as it does is kind of surprising tbh.
     
    Count Duckula likes this.
  3. Count Duckula

    Count Duckula .

    Member
    618
    152
    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    Please ensure you have written a superior emulator before saying the hard work by the authors of SNES9x TYL and GPSP 'sucks dick'. It sounds like you've at least taken the time to look into the 'some shit' setting and things like that in the 'whatever' emulator though, which is nice.
     
    TwistedZeon likes this.
  4. Gavin Barrows
    OP

    Gavin Barrows Member

    Newcomer
    15
    3
    Aug 23, 2014
    United States
    Star, Idaho
    I wouldn't say SNES9XTYL was very hard to write. Hell they already had the entire program there for them.
     
  5. Count Duckula

    Count Duckula .

    Member
    618
    152
    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    I'd love to try out your port of a SNES emulator to PSP that runs faster/with better compatibility once you release it.
     
    TwistedZeon likes this.
  6. Gavin Barrows
    OP

    Gavin Barrows Member

    Newcomer
    15
    3
    Aug 23, 2014
    United States
    Star, Idaho
    It's 2014 and they still haven't figured this out? I think they either don't know how to do it, or are lazy. We literally have the capability to emulate the PS3 on computers now, how can we not emulate something as simple as the SNES on a PSP without being slow as all hell, and barely working.
     
  7. BlackWizzard17

    BlackWizzard17 Don't worry Captin we'll buff out those scratches.

    Member
    1,146
    391
    Dec 1, 2012
    United States
    E-Arth
    PSP is an older system, not only do systems get older but people as well and if someone does not feel up to or feel uninterested into developing a better emulator for the PSP than oh well. They're not obligated to improve the compatibility and just because we can emulate a PS3 on a PC that is ULTIMATELY Infinitely more powerful than a PSP, that does not mean we might get a updated perfect Snes emu for the PSP.
     
  8. Count Duckula

    Count Duckula .

    Member
    618
    152
    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia