I’ve been playing Gran Turismo Sport since it launched in 2017. One of the new features that Polyphony Digital added to the series was the ability to create and share decals and liveries for cars, helmets, and race suits. Car customization is not new in racing games; the Forza series was doing this in the Xbox 360 generation, and I remember Top Gear Rally for the Nintendo 64 gave players the ability to customize the paint scheme of the cars. It’s cool to see some of the content players are uploading to Gran Turismo and even cooler that you can download the liveries/decals and apply them to your own vehicles.
However, there is one fatal flaw with GT Sport with the community content: the search is TERRIBLE. I think the search shows “popular content” (like the top 100 overall) then you apply filters to that list. When you show “by date” the date range is only 3-7 days at a time. There’s no way to search for a specific livery across the years of content.
Thankfully, M_Anony from the GT Planet forums created a search engine for the content and it… is… great.
The features are bare with only a search box to type in your search term and a drop-down to pick a specific car. Ultimately, what more do you need? M_Anony also has search engines for decals, helmets, race suites, and replays.
If you are playing Gran Turismo Sport and want a better way to find community content, be sure to check out M_Anony‘s search engine.
I knew it was only a matter of time and now I am proud to say that SNES gaming works on the PS3, again. One coder by the name of eiz compiled the Snes9x emulator for the PS3. Another coder, squarepusher2, has taken the source code and worked to improve it. As of writing, Squarepusher2’s 4.2.1 build plays most games with no issues. Both NTSC and PAL roms are supported. Things such as a GUI still need to be address and loading freezestates hasn’t been implemented, but those are not the highest priority. Even with only two people working on this project the progress has been phenomenal. I can’t to see what comes out next.
Eiz’s source code: http://github.com/eiz/ps3_snes9x
Squarepusher2’s build and source: http://www.ps3news.com/forums/ps3-hacks/snes9x-super-nintendo-emulator-ps3-port-arrives-112925-19.html#post311837
A lot can be said for the security features built into the PlayStation 3. It took almost four years for enthusiasts to find a way to run unapproved code on the PlayStation without the use of the “Other OS” feature. Sony quickly removed Other OS after hackers used it to gain low-level access to the system. Now there is a way new way to “jailbreak” the PS3 and run applications. All that is involved is a programmable USB device and source code. Other people have taken the code and ported it to devices so you can use your android phone or Linux PIM. Someone even managed to port the code to the TI-84 calculator. If working with DIY components and code isn’t your sort of thing, complete USB packages can be purchased from resellers online. Eventually all of this could lead to a homebrew community as large as the PSP with lots apps and mods. Personally, I’m waiting for the emulators to be ported over so I can get some SNES action.
Steps for jailbreaking a PS3 using a calculator after the break.
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