What do people prefer: custom firmwares or flashcarts?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Pluupy, Dec 31, 2014.

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  2. Flashcarts

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  1. Pluupy

    Pluupy _(:3」∠)_

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    Just wondering what people think on the subject. What do people prefer: custom firmwares or flashcarts?

    I personally prefer a flashcart because it doesn't involve any hard work on my end. Sure I need to pay money, but I like plug-and-play. In middle school I was big on the piracy but now-a-days I just like buying the games because I can switch them around. Some people find this inconvenient but I like the feeling.
  2. cracker

    cracker Nyah!

    Aug 24, 2005
    United States
    CFW (persistant CFW even more so) since it opens the system up for many more users for free (or somewhat cheap depending on what is needed to install it).
  3. thorasgar

    thorasgar Checkout my evil Soon-in-ator™

    Jul 3, 2010
    United States
    Whatever works the best at the time.
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  4. Searinox

    Searinox <3

    Dec 16, 2007
    I would gladly get rid of Gateway if someone spent the time and effort into making an emuNAND with cracked digital signatures and ROM loading that needs no Gateway and loads the ROMs off SD card. Since it's already possible to use 128GB+ FAT32 cards in the SD slot, I hardly see the relevance of a GW card in my system. Not using one would give me more freedom.
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  5. gamesquest1

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    Sep 23, 2013
    depends really, pretty much what thorasgar said "whatever works best", i know the majority of people will probably say CFW, but i like the support flashcards bring, some consoles like the psp had great cfw support for most of its lifetime.......but in a slow scene like the 3DS scene, give me a flashcard anyday i would rather have reliable consistent support , even if it is only as long as they are getting sales
  6. LinkmstrYT

    LinkmstrYT ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Dec 16, 2013
    United States
    You wanted to see where I live? You stalker...
    A permaCFW would be nice...
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  7. ApoQ

    ApoQ Member

    Nov 4, 2014
    Cote d'Ivoire

    Please close the post. :)
  8. Thomas12345

    Thomas12345 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 1, 2014
    gateway is better than cfw and has more features
  9. Armadillo

    Armadillo GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 28, 2003
    United Kingdom
    For now, Flashcards. But it's not a hard choice. There is nothing to match Gateway's feature set in the free cfw.
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  10. Xzi

    Xzi Virtual Bartman

    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    CFW if its available. Flash carts have been the only option on the 3DS for a long time, though, so naturally I chose one of those.
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  11. Rinnux

    Rinnux GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Aug 3, 2010
    United States
    I would say flashcart at this point because of how much gateway is contributing to the scene. I would love to see a really good custom fiemware though
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  12. shinyquagsire23

    shinyquagsire23 SALT/Sm4sh Leak Guy

    Nov 18, 2012
    United States
    Las Vegas
    I just want something with at least some basic emuNAND capability. Piracy doesn't appeal a whole lot to me, although some of the .cia stuff that's been coming out interests me.
  13. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    CFW, as it is capable opening the door to more than just homebrew. It can allow for improvements to the firmware beyond the official updates and the removal of software restrictions. We just have to wait for it to get to that point.
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  14. Anorhc

    Anorhc GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    United States
  15. tony_2018

    tony_2018 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 3, 2014
    United States
    Take a look at each selections CURRENT pros and cons, you decide whats best atm.
  16. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    Flashcarts are a necessary evil, CFW opens more customization options and it's practically always preferable.
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  17. tony_2018

    tony_2018 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 3, 2014
    United States
    CFW in its current state will not be favored atm, it development isnt as quick or steady but its progress. Just have to wait.
  18. satanicangel

    satanicangel GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 15, 2010
    We already have a CFW, so those that vote for it can go and download it.
    Cannot run on your version? Bugs? Need more functions?
    These are the disadvantages of having a CFW, no one will be motivated to fix it(and release it at least).

    The only disadvantages of having flashcarts are they are not free, and with GW I can say at least they provide constant support until now.

    I can understand why people do not want to pay, but then I will stick to paying a little to save all the hassle and *ENJOY*. I am not against CFW, I truly hope 1 day a perfect CFW will be released, with constant support provided, but I don't think it will in the near future.
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  19. RenegadeKid

    RenegadeKid GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 11, 2013
    Flashcarts for me, here are the main reasons :

    -First, I'm a noob, and it's easy to brick your console with a custom firmware.

    -Second, when you buy a flashcart, you still have a support service.

    -Third, when people pay for a service, the work you pay for is most of time well done. I mean nowadays nothing is really free.

    -Fourth, a custom firmware needs more time to be developed and released, so it could take several months or even several years. The people, who usually work in the underground and do this as a hobby, have a work or maybe are students so they don't have as much time as hackers, flashcarts developers or manufacturers who do that for passion and money. A flashcart makes the hack easier and quicker.

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  20. yoshinatsu

    yoshinatsu GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 14, 2009
    Downtown Jigoku
    Who wouldn't prefer a proper custom firmware? But it's not always possible.
    The PSP homebrew community thrived because of custom firmwares. I'm always hoping something like that will happen again for some portable that has a lot of horsepower.
    I was hoping that the PSP's homebrew tradition would carry on to the Vita. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. The Vita is some really wasted potential for homebrew, with its power, its incredible OLED screen, its dual analog sticks, we could have had some of the best portable emulators on there. Who knows. Maybe someday when Sony has totally abandoned the Vita (which is pretty abandoned already), a kernel exploit might be found.
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