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SSF Update
{{Infoboxemulator|first version = 0.12 beta R4|second active = Yes|third platform = Windows|fourth target = [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturn]]|developer = Shima|fifth website = [ Shima's Site(Defunct)]<br/>[ Shima's Twitter]<br/>[http English Tribute Site]|sixth = Closed source
'''SSF''' is a closed-source [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturn emulator]] known for being the most compatible for a long time.
'''SSF''' is a ==Downloads==*[ Latest Preview Version] (The "preview versions" are development builds.)*[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturn Android Version]*[ Test Version] emulator. It(Old "test builds" before Shima's the only Sega Saturn emulator to date that has any level of compatibility with SS games and the only one worth usingsite went down.)==Download==*[ 0.12 Beta R5]*[ Latest Version] (0.12 beta Beta R4)]*[ ''.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. A 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 post-0.12 just in case. To raise compatibility, you can try with "No Bios" enabled or disabled, and you'll want to start with the MaxCompatibility (slow) option, then try with the faster options (that do not always work). SSF requires either an external virtual drive or a specific loader to read disc images. Close and restart the emulator (as it says in the Japanese dialogue popup appearing) whenever you modify the options for them to take effect. Even though it has a "No Bios" option, you'll sometimes need the BIOS files, of course specifying the correct region in the options. 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 comes to general emulations.* You can change the speed of emulation under options up to 4x. ==Guides and Info==[http://segaretrowww.racketboy.orgcom/imagesretro/5sega/53saturn/SSF_011_alpha_R5%27%27.7z ''.zip Version 0.11 alpha R5''ssf-a-nearly-perfect-sega-saturn-emulator General Guide]
[ Shima's FAQ about compatibility issues. Note that this is Japanese-to-English Google Translate, and has a very shoddy syntax as a result.]
The best, and only good Saturn emulator right now[https://segaretro. Windows only org/SSF See the external links in this Sega Retro page for guides and closed source sadly. Far, far better than Yabausecompatibility databases].
It had a recent major update, 0.12, which improved ===Troubleshooting===A rough translation of Shima's FAQ about compatibility issues with various games and fixes for certain games but broke othersthem. The original can be found [https://web.archive. It added support for some of games like Astal (needs "Enable SH2 Cache")org/web/20190331080907/http://www.  Keep both versions, pre- and post-0geocities.12 just in casejp/mj3kj8o5/ssf/setting. To raise compatibility, you can try with "No Bios" enabled or disabled, and you'll want to start with the MaxCompatibility (slow) option, then try with the faster options (that do not always work)html here].
The emulator needs an external virtual drive configuration closest to read iso filesaccurate hardware emulation would be: Enable "Bus Wait". You'll need Set "Bus Wait Clock" to close and restart the emulator 0. Enable "SH2 DMA Real Transfer". Alternatively, "Setting5" (as it says in holding the Japanese dialogue popup appearing5 keyboard button at startup) whenever you modify the options for them to take effectachieves similar results.
Even though it has a General issues:* '''Character sprites in SNK games don't appear:''' Change "Cartridge" to "1MBytes RAM Cartridge".* '''Flickering in FMVs:''' Enable "Check Cycle Pattern".* '''No Biossound:''' Enable " option, youMemory Access Wait".* 'll sometimes need the bios files, of course specifying the correct region in the options''Stuttering sound:''' Enable "Scanline Base Timing".
F7Game-specific issues: Pause * '''Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter''' (fix for sound noise): Disable "Sound Thread".* '''Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai II''' (fix for cutscenes): 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 a 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 choose0.* '''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 // 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 [ 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==# [http download CEP] and prepare your CODELIST.comTXT file. You can find an [https:/retro/ 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 aboveof [ Preview Version R4], SSF requires a virtual drive you can mount CD images that use .cue and .bin files by going to read ISO filesOptions > Peripherals, then in the ''CD Image'' section, select '''Enable''', then select the . Now there aren't a lot cue file of options for a free virtual driveyour choosing, and there are even fewer good optionsrestart the emulator. The programs Mind you that this feature is still experimental, ergo the game will be named right nowlikely crash at certain points, with so it's best to use the pros and cons of each:software below.
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
|+List of Free Virtual Drive Software
! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Program Name! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Pros! scope="col" style="text-align: center;"|Cons
| 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.* Can mount up to 8 images at once.| 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.|-|[ 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.
| style="text-align: center;"|[ Alcohol 52% Free Edition]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
* Very reliable.
* Can mount up to 6 images at once.| style="text-align: center;"|
* Installer contains optional adware.
* Mounting the images causes the sound files to autoplay.
* The 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 [ offline installer] and the crapware will fail to install itself and won't cause any further issues at any point)
| style="text-align: center;"|[ 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=|title=Daemon tools spying}}</ref> (mostly applies to versions 4.4x and on, [!ZLwFXJYL!CYc0yn38agyZcfcJm487Id2XoJZ9JrzfyGpZ-nGY9AQ version 4 images .3x] seems unaffected and still works with modern systems but might be buggier)* No longer run by the original team. Possibly Chinese spyware at oncethis point.
| style="text-align: center;"|[ 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.|-|[ MagicDisc]|* Lightweight.* Doesn't try to install unwanted software.
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
* Can mount unlimited images at once.| style="text-align: center;"|* SSF isn't compatible with it. Hopefully this changes in the future.|} ==References=={{Reflist}}
[[Category:Windows emulation software]]
[[Category:Sega Saturn emulators]]

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