We’re nearing the WiiSX beta 2 release, so we decided that it’s time to show a preview video of the current state of the emulator and tell you about our progress. Last summer, we released a beta of WiiSX so that we could put it on the back burner for a while and focus on Wii64. We weren’t too happy with WiiSX beta 1 because it lacked a proper gui and suffered from stuttering audio and other bugs. So, we’ve focused the past few weeks on adding a gui to WiiSX and improving the sound, pad plugin, and other various parts of the emulator. While there will still be plenty of work left for the future, we feel that this release will greatly improve the emulator’s playability and polish. Look forward to the release, but for now please enjoy the preview.
As you may recall, WiiSX was put aside for us to all focus on Wii64. However, I picked it up again over the past weekend and made a few improvements along with a bit of help from tehpola. I ported over the pcsx-df code which is an updated and less-buggy pcsx codebase which instantly gave us great compatibility results in the Interpreter.
However, I then got the PowerPC recompiler (Originally from here coded by Gil Pedersen) working. It didn’t take much to get it into a operational state, just making it not mess with the GPR r13 to comply with EABI standard got it working, as well as some other small tweaks here and there. I also added some more functionality to it (recompiled all loads) and gave it 8MB of memory to keep recompiled code in (this is 7MB only for GC), but will gradually get bigger as I move things to MEM2/ARAM. There’s quite a bit to be improved within the dynarec, and quite a bit to be coded still, but I’m quite happy with its performance all things considered.
The GUI is non-existant apart from two options and a text based file browser. You can choose between the Dynarec or Interpreter and a Standard Controller or a Analog Controller. The analog controller is broken in some games, and so is the Dynarec (Final Fantasy VII battles).
Of course there is quite a bit to do, such as XA audio, CDDA audio, a GUI, Save states, .iso support, and much more, but this project will go on the sidelines again until the Wii64 beta is released. We hope to see positive some contributions to the code in the meanwhile whilst we work on Wii64 and not just controller config hacks
The full source (now updated with my latest changes) is available at http://code.google.com/p/pcsxgc/.
You may download CubeSX and WiiSX beta files from the pcsxgc GoogleCode site.
Instructions are provided in the readme.txt file in each respective archive.