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{{Infoboxemulator|first version = 0.12 beta R4|second active = Yes|third platform = Windows|fourth target = [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturn]]|developer = Shima|fifth website = [https://web.archive.org/web/20190331134556/http://www7awww.biglobe.negeocities.jp/~phantasymj3kj8o5/ssf/ Shima's Site]<br/>[https://ssftribute.csdprojects.co.uk/ English Tribute Site]}}'''SSF''' is a closed-source [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturnemulator]] emulator. It's known for being the only Sega Saturn emulator to date that has any level of compatibility with SS games and the only one worth using.==Download==[http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~phantasy/ssf/files/SSF_012_beta_R4most compatible for a long time.zip Latest Version] (0.12 beta R4)
==Downloads==*[https://web.archive.org/web/20190331080907if_/http://www.geocities.jp/mj3kj8o5/ssf/files/SSF_TestVer.zip Latest Version] (The "test versions" are development builds.)*[https://web.archive.org/web/20190331134556/http://www.geocities.jp/mj3kj8o5/ssf/files/SSF_012_beta_R4.zip 0.12 Beta R4]*[http://segaretro.org/images/5/53/SSF_011_alpha_R5%27%27.7z ''.zip Version 0.11 alpha R5'']
==Review==
The best Saturn emulator right now. SSF is superior to [[Yabause]] and [[Mednafen]] for compatibility, but is Windows only, closed source and requires mounting ISO files in a virtual drive to run them.
The bestA recent major update to 0.12 improved compatibility for certain games and broke others. It added support for some of the games such as Astal (needs "Enable SH2 Cache").  Keep both versions, pre- and only good Saturn emulator right nowpost-0.12 just in case. Windows only To raise compatibility, you can try with "No Bios" enabled or disabled, and closed source sadly. Faryou'll want to start with the MaxCompatibility (slow) option, far better than Yabausethen try with the faster options (that do not always work).
It had SSF requires either an external virtual drive or a recent major update, 0specific loader to read disc images.12, which improved compatibility for certain games but broke others. It added support for some of games like Astal Close and restart the emulator (needs "Enable SH2 Cache").  Keep both versions, pre- and post-0.12 just as it says in case. To raise compatibility, you can try with "No Bios" enabled or disabled, and you'll want to start with the MaxCompatibility (slowJapanese dialogue popup appearing) option, then try with whenever you modify the faster options (that do not always work)for them to take effect.
The emulator needs an external virtual drive to read iso files. YouEven though it has a "No Bios" option, you'll sometimes need to close and restart the emulator (as it says BIOS files, of course specifying the correct region in the Japanese dialogue popup appearing) whenever you modify the options for them to take effect.
Even though Some useful commands:* F7: Pause and Load State (Press 0-9 to choose)* Shift + F7: Pause and Save State (Press 0-9 to choose)* Numeral Pad 1-6: Disable 2D layers. Useful for sprite rips. Keep in mind this often causes 3D games to crash, and they already have lower compatibility than 2D one when it has a "No Bios" option, you'll sometimes need comes to general emulations.* You can change the bios files, speed of course specifying the correct region in the emulation under optionsup to 4x.
F7==Guides and Info==[http://www.racketboy.com/retro/sega/saturn/ssf-a-nearly-perfect-sega-saturn-emulator General Guide] [https://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.geocities.jp%2Fmj3kj8o5%2Fssf%2Fsetting.html&sandbox=1 Shima's FAQ about compatibility issues. Note that this is Japanese-to-English Google Translate, and has a very shoddy syntax as a result.] [https://segaretro.org/SSF See the external links in this Sega Retro page for guides and compatibility databases]. ===Troubleshooting===A rough translation of Shima's FAQ about compatibility issues with various games and fixes for them. The original can be found [https://web.archive.org/web/20190331080907/http://www.geocities.jp/mj3kj8o5/ssf/setting.html here]. The configuration closest to accurate hardware emulation would be: Enable "Bus Wait". Set "Bus Wait Clock" to 0. Enable "SH2 DMA Real Transfer". Alternatively, "Setting5" (holding the 5 keyboard button at startup) achieves similar results. General issues:* '''Character sprites in SNK games don't appear:''' Change "Cartridge" to "1MBytes RAM Cartridge".* '''Flickering in FMVs:''' Enable "Check Cycle Pattern".* '''No sound:''' Enable "Memory Access Wait".* '''Stuttering sound:''' Enable "Scanline Base Timing". Game-specific issues:* '''Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter''' (fix for sound noise): Disable "Sound Thread".* '''Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai II''' (fix for cutscenes): Pause Enable "Check Cycle Pattern" and Load State "VDP2 RAM Revision Access".* '''The Tower:''' Enable "VDP2 RAM Write Timing".* '''Quovadis 2''' (Press fix for FMVs): Set "Dot Clock" to 3.0or above, and "EZ Setting" to "High".* '''Galjan''': Enable "SH2 DMA Real Transfer".* '''Whizz, Thunder Hawk II''': Enable "Bus Wait".* '''Dark Savior''': Enable "Bus Wait" (fix for logo). Enable "VDP2 RAM Revision Access" (fix for save data screen).* '''Taito Chase HQ Plus SC'''I: Enable "CD Track/Index".* '''Daytona USA Circuit Edition''': Enable "VDP2 RAM Revision Access".* '''Virtua Fighter 2''': Enable "VDP2 RAM Revision Access" (fix for key config screen). Enable "Memory Access Wait".* '''Baroque''' (FMV issues): Enable "Check Sprite Priority".* '''Sonic Jam''': Set "Dot Clock" to 2.7 or above. Enable "Check Cycle Pattern" (fix for 2P Mode in Sonic 2). * '''Lunar Silver Star Story''' (FMV issues): Enable "SCU DMA Delay Interrupt".* '''Grandia''' (FMV issues): Set "Dot Clock" on 3.7 or above. Set "SlaveSH2 Speed" to 90%, Set "EZ Setting" to Highest.* '''Deep Fear, Daina ☆ Airan, Mr. Bones, X-9 Men Vs. Street Fighter''': Enable "Memory Access Wait".* '''Riglord Saga 2''': Set "Dot Clock" to 3 or above.* '''Sol Divide''': Set "Dot Clock" to 3.4 or above.* '''Pro Mahjong Kiwame S, Megaman X3''': Set "Dot Clock" to 3.7 or above. Set "1Block Clock" to choosea value as low as possible.* '''World Heroes Perfect, Castlevania Symphony of the Night''' (fix for data select screen), '''Macross Do You Remember Love''': Enable "VDP2 RAM Revision Access".* '''Chaos Seed''': Enable "Check Cycle Pattern". Enable "VDP2 RAM Revision Access".* '''Denpa Shounenteki Game, Astal''': Enable "SH2 Cache".* '''Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack (aka Fantastic Journey)''': Enable "Bus Wait", Set "Bus Wait Clock" to 0.* '''Ruri Iro no Yuki''' (fix for company logo among other stuff): Enable "Check Cycle Pattern".* '''Toshinden URA''' (if FMVs skip): Set "1Block Clock" to 50. Disable "Check SlaveSH2 Idle Loop". Enable "Bus Wait". Set "Bus Wait Clock" to 1. Enable "Enable Instruction Cache".
Shift+F7===CHDSSF===[https: Pause and Save State (Press 0-9 //github.com/batteryshark/CHDSSF This loader] allows you to choose)use disc image without having to mount them at all with the only major caveat being that it requires you to convert your rips to .CHD beforehand using [http://forums.bannister.org//ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=68262#Post68262 chdman] or one of it's forks.
Useful for sprite rippers are the numeral pad keys, which disable layers. Keep in mind this often causes 3D games to crash, and they already have lower compatiblity than 2D one when it comes to general emulations.===Cheating with CEP===
==Guides and Info==# [httphttps://wwwgamehacking.org/downloads/cep022.racketboyzip download CEP] and prepare your CODELIST.comTXT file. You can find an [https:/retro/segaeadmaster.altervista.org/saturnpub/index.php?page=cheatpacks#ssfexample with some codes and an handy converter here].# start SSF.exe and wait for the game to load, then click About->cep, and leave the dialog with the base address opened.# start cep.exe# click "Process" tab, and select the correct emulator version and code type (usually "60codes")# make sure the address in the field in the 2nd line matches the one in SSF (NO NEED TO CLICK "Search"). Usually it won't match and you will have to change a-nearly-perfect-sega-saturn-emulator General Guide]few digits.# click "Codes" tab, select the current game and the cheat codes you want to enable# click the "On" button to activate codes
===Free Virtual Drive Software===
As said above one of the ways to get SSF to use disc images is using a virtual disc drive. Sadly, most of the good free ones don't work with SSF for one reason or another. They either have a bunch of adware or they don't support some formats. The ones that do work (along with some that don't) will be listed below.
As said above, SSF requires a virtual drive to read ISO files. Now there aren't a lot of options for a free virtual drive, and there are even fewer good options. The programs will be named right now, with the pros and cons of each: {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
|+List of Free Virtual Drive Software
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! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Program Name! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Pros! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Cons
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| style="text-align: center;"|[httphttps://www.slysoftelby.comch/en/download.html Virtual Clone DriveCloneDrive]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Isn't a cut-down version of a paid software.
* Very lightweight.
* Doesn't come bundled with any try to install unwanted software.| style="text-align: center;"|* Doesn't support .mdf/.mds files. This is kind of a big deal, since quite a few of the Saturn's popular titles are only available as mdf/mds.* Very unreliable (Can't mount .cue files. DON'T mount the .bin instead, as SSF might will boot you back to the bios menu when running some games using VCDwhenever it feels like it if you do. Instead, make a .ccd/.img copy with CloneCD and another virtual drive program.|-|[http://yubsoft.com/imgdrive/ ImgDrive]|* Very lightweight. * Doesn't try to install unwanted software.* Can be used from the command line.|* Doesn't seem to work with .cue/.bin or .cue/.iso files (disc gets mounted, but without audio tracks)..mds/.mdf & .ccd/.img/.sub files are fine, though.
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| style="text-align: center;"|[http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Rip-Other-Tools/Alcohol-52.shtml Alcohol 52% Free Edition]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
* Very reliable.
* Can mount up to 6 isos at one time.| style="text-align: center;"|
* Installer contains optional adware.
* Mounting the images causes the sound files to autoplay.
* The program installer forces you to install crapware called Smart File Advisor, which you can't uninstall without uninstalling Alcohol.(You can mostly ignore the program by stopping it from running on startup, howeveror you can install the program while completely offline using an [http://www.free-codecs.com/download/alcohol_52.htm offline installer] and the crapware will fail to install itself and won't cause any further issues at any point)
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| style="text-align: center;"|[http://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite Daemon Tools LITE]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Nice UI.
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
| style="text-align: center;"|* Installer tries to fill your computer up with adware, and judging by some reports, newer versions force you to install adware(Version 4.30.4 does not force it).* Can only Sends data on every image you mount to an outside location. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.neowin.net/news/daemon-tools-knows-what-you-mounted-last-summer|title=Daemon tools spying}}</ref> (mostly applies to versions 4 images .4x and on, [https://mega.nz/#!ZLwFXJYL!CYc0yn38agyZcfcJm487Id2XoJZ9JrzfyGpZ-nGY9AQ version 4.3x] seems unaffected and still works with modern systems but might be buggier)* No longer run by the original team. Possibly Chinese spyware at once, compared to Alcohol's 6this point.
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| style="text-align: center;"|[http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/ WinCDEmu]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Isn't a cut-down version of a paid software.
* Open-source.
* Very lightweight.
* Doesn't come bundled try to install unwanted software.* Supports every Saturn image extension.|* SSF isn't compatible with any it.|-|[http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm MagicDisc]|* Lightweight.* Doesn't try to install unwanted software.
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
* Can mount unlimited images at one time.| style="text-align: center;"|* SSF isn't compatible with it. Hopefully this changes in the future.|} ==References=={{Reflist}}
[[Category:Emulators]]
[[Category:Windows emulation software]]
[[Category:Sega Saturn emulators]]
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