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Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 19, 2018, 03:08:39 AM »
Yeah the SNES and PSP emulators from the Play Store work really well. Been playing Phantasy Star Portable 2. Some Emulators have a latency option for both button presses and audio and in some cases adjusting CPU or display settings can help too.

I can't pinpoint if some games had this latency built in for some odd reason. For example, remember the 3D special stages in Sonic 3? Those always had a slight delay. If you wanted to turn or jump you had to press it a bit early. There are games I haven't played in ages so I can't even tell if a delay is normal or not.

You might also wanna try out the N64 Emulator. It's pretty decent and you can set up different controller profiles for every game. I set up a profile for FPS and TPS games that is only used with games like DOOM or Duke.

If you want to dive even deeper, you can give RetroArch a shot, it has even more options to mess around with button and sound delay but it can be quite the clusterfuck too.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 14, 2018, 01:42:47 PM »
Might want to do that with Dreamcast and Gamecube too then. Both Reicast and Dolphin are far from perfect and results vary from game to game.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of streaming, but let me know how it works out for you.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:10:53 AM »
I'm more or less sold on the idea of the shield TV. I'm probably gonna get myself that 500GB model though (never know what else I could use it for). I looked it up a bit and from the sounds of it the shield TV is discontinued now? I was hoping they would bring out a bit of a newer model but meh, it'll do. I just don't like that price tag... just means I'm gonna have to wait a bit for a better sale or until I have more money.

Getting files/APKs on it easy to do with just a USB stick right?
Just go with the variant with less storage. You can hook up an external drive. I just hooked up my external drive from my raspberry. 500 GB can fill up fast if you load it with CD images and videos/movies.

APKs are no harder to find than for phones.

But you should first check out on the play store if an app is compatible with the Shield. For example, Chrome and Opera are not available for the Shield TV (which is kind of understandable).

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 04, 2018, 01:20:47 PM »
Yup got it to run. But had to use Retroarch because the cores that are bundled with Retroarch allow you to switch BIOS files on the go.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:09:12 AM »
I THINK I found the problem and I am going to try it out later. But it seems these unofficial games require the use of a different BIOS file. I'll have to check it out in a bit and see how it works.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:00:15 AM »
Another thing that is causing me a bit of trouble are a bunch of PC Engine CD games. The console had a few unofficial games released for it. I was specifically interested in Hi-Leg Fantasy. I mean, I am sure it's trash, but I wanted to give it a go still.

I tried out two different uploads of the game and both refused to work - would get as far as the usual PC Engine splash screen but then it would get stuck in a load error.

It's the only game that does this and it's probably because it's one of the unofficial games.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:19:30 PM »
That's good to know. I had been thinking of getting a raspberry Pi for the longest time to use as an emulator box but this sounds like a much better idea.
Honestly, I think it depends on what you want to do. If you just want to emulate old stuff (pre PSX) then a Pi is the way to go. I liked the setup of Retropie much better. I just ran into issues when trying to run certain PSX games in a higher resolution (like FFIX)

Weird. Maybe it's not in the right folder? To get Jet Set Radio working on my phone I had to do something similiar. Install the APK, then move the folder containing the .obb file into the right spot. Then when you run the installer it would see the file is there and continue the install properly. If it wasn't in the right place, just tell you outright it's missing files and needed to download it. Maybe it's different for Shield TV, but for me I had to put my files into Internal Storage > Android > Obb > (Whatever the jet set radio folder was called) > (File).obb
Oh believe me, I did that. It worked well for GTA III and San Andreas but for some odd reason it won't work for HL2. I went over the spelling of the folder multiple times and when I check the App details within the system options, it even acknowledges the existence of the data (it counts towards the size total) but for some odd reason, when I run the game, it wants to download the data which then fails.

I think you are pretty much spot on. I read that H.265 allows for a higher compression rate which reduces the file size by roughly 50%. In turn it is a lot more demanding when you want to decode it. I think the hardware itself, or the chip you mention, is just there to enable that format on the device - the Pi lacked hardware for that so I couldn't play my Gintama episodes on the Pi.

After the chip I think it depends on the individual player on how they handle the format or if they can handle the format, which might explain the varying results.

For KODI I had to enable software rendering otherwise I would get a blank screen when I wanted to watch Gintama. PLEX doesn't even give me the option to switch between hardware and software rendering so I guess the fault lies there.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:02:07 AM »
Might as well throw in my 2 cents about media playback.

I originally bought it to watch pirated legally obtained animu. The Gintama episodes I downloaded were mkv encoded in H.256 (I think that's the proper one) and my Pi had issues with it.

The shield came with Plex and that initially refused to play them and now still has quality issues when playing them. Oddly enough, KODI and VLC have absolutely no issues playing any of the files I have so I guess Plex is using some shitty decoder. In the end, I ended up using Plex as a backend to sort and categorize my episodes, while KODI serves as the front - getting information fed by Plex and playing the files.

Kind of weird. Glad I decided to try out VLC and KODI after Plex failed me.

Other / Re: Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:17:30 AM »
I had some initial issues with one emulator. I think it was either Reicast (Dreamcast) or Dolphin but that was a matter of a forced button delay.

But I think it's working fine overall. Man the problem is, it's been forever since I played the originals like Sonic 3 so I think it's very difficult to gauge whether or not the response time is adequate. But, on a personal level, I think it's acceptable. I was able to play King's Field II, some other PSX games and a bunch of SHMUPs on the PC Engine without any issues.

I can't really comment on the latter because I am not much of a PC gamer, sorry. I can tell you that the GTA ports work like a dream.

I actually have one question myself. I wanted to give HL2 a try before spending $10 on it but for some odd reason the game refused to run and instead wanted to download the data. If you pirate it, it comes with the *.apk and the data folder. And it's the second game of this nature that refuses to run even though I did everything as instructed. Any idea what's up with that?

Other / Bought a Shield TV
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:59:50 AM »
And it's pretty sweet.

Originally I just wanted a media player that can play my Gintama episodes without hassle - they've been encoded in *.mkv and caused quite a problem on my Raspberry Pi.

Since that thing came with a controller I figured I might as well use it as my new emulation machine and it works fairly well.

I was hoping that GC/Wii emulation would be a bit further ahead than it currently is because in China, the Shield has an "official" Nintendo emulator available and, as you'd expect, people already dumped it. But I do hope that it will move forward a bit more, Simpsons Hit & Run runs especially choppy (while Mario sunshine runs pretty smooth at 720p). And speaking of Sunshine, that game looks pretty neat even in it's natural resolution.

Dreamcast emulation is still surprisingly messy. Some games look fine, others look like a total mess (like Gut's Rage) while other games won't run at all.

PSX emulation is also a bit weird. While Dolphin lets me use individual settings for each game, ePSXe doesn't. So while a 3D game might look pretty great, a 2D game like Doom or Castlevania will look godawful with graphical errors all over the place.

I originally just wanted to stick to RetroArch - all stuff under one GUI but unfortunately, RetroArch is a bit cumbersome when it comes to organizing and managing ROMs. Or at least it looks like that to me. When it comes to PSX, it refuses to acknowledge PBP files or when scanning for PC Engine games, it refuses to acknowledge CD games. It's a bit of a shame, really because I really did like the whole Emulationstation/RetroArch combo on the Pi.

PC / Re: Started playing PSO again
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:58:22 PM »
If it was a throwaway account I'd risk it but I can see them still paying attention to it so I don't wanna take that risk tbh.

PC / Re: Started playing PSO again
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:39:30 PM »
To my knowledge you don't need Playstation Plus for it. Just be aware that being on PS4 you wont have the English patch. However they have recently got it working on PS Vita if you have the ability to run Henkaku.
Isn't that kind of dangerous though? I mean can't they detect that? I haven't really bothered with modding my Vitas mostly because when I can mod a system I often end up going off the deep end with it and usually end up not doing anything with them once I am done.

Aside from that, I never really let the language barrier stop me tbh.

PlayStation / Trails of Cold Steel
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:09:56 AM »
I picked it up by mere chance a couple of months ago and gave it a try and it's surprisingly good. At first the story sounds like the average stuff you've heard a dozen times before, military, empire, nobles, commoners blahblahblah and in the first hour or so it sounds pretty average and dull but the story and setting are presented in a pretty interesting way.

The game isn't open world and usually you are bound to one location which usually consists of a hub or two with shops and NPCs and a few dungeons which usually are roads that, in story terms, lead to other places.

I feel that, while the story and character interactions are it's biggest asset it also seems to be the game's weakest point. I know that there is a direct sequel out there and after I was halfway through the game, I just knew that not all the questions that are being raised will be answered within the game. And the next problem is that there already is a 3rd game, which also acts as a direct sequel, which still has no western release date set. As far as I read, Falcom doesn't want XSEED/Marvelous to do the localization anymore (I don't really want to ask XSEED about it though, feels kinda bad) so people worry that NISA might be doing it, which will probably be very terrible.

Despite that, they are pretty good games and if you are on the fence about them, go ahead and get them. As far as I know they are also available on PC.

PC / Re: Started playing PSO again
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:54:13 AM »
You don't actually need a JP account if you get a physical copy for either the Vita or PS4 versions. The JP account is only needed if you want to download the digital version.
Oh? That's pretty unexpected. Does the PS4 version require plus?

Other / Re: BlazBlue or as Remdudu would say BurazuBuru
« on: June 27, 2018, 01:45:11 AM »
Well we still got Naoto to take over as nu-Ragna

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