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New links referring to Shima's Twitter account and new preview builds
{{Infoboxemulator|first version = 0.12 beta R4|second active = Yes|third platform = Windows|fourth target = [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturn]]|developer = Shima|fifth website = ['s Site (Defunct)]<br/>[https://twitter.html com/FessX Shima's SiteTwitter]<br/>[ English Tribute Site]|sixth = Closed source}} '''SSF''' is a closed-source [[Sega Saturn emulators|Sega Saturnemulator]] emulator. It is known for being the only Sega Saturn emulator to date that has any level of compatibility with SS games and the only one worth usingmost compatible for a long time.
*[ Latest Preview Version] (The "test preview versions" are development builds.)*[ Android Version]*[ Test Version] (Old "test builds" before Shima's site went down.)*[ 0.12 Beta R5]*[ 0.12 Beta R4]
*[ ''.zip Version 0.11 alpha R5'']
The best, and only good 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 needs requires either an external virtual drive or a specific loader to read ISO filesdisc 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.
* 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 rippsrips. 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.
[ 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.] [ See the external links in this Sega Retro page for guides and compatibility databases].
A rough translation of Shima's FAQ about compatibility issues with various games and fixes for them. The original can be found [ 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.
* '''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".
[ This loader] allows you to 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.
===Cheating with CEP===
# [ download CEP] and prepare your CODELIST.TXT file. You can find an [ example 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 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 requires to use disc images is using a virtual disc drive to read ISO files. 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 mdf/mds filessome formats. The ones that do work (along with some that don't) will be listed below.
As of [ Preview Version R4], you can mount CD images that use .cue and .bin files by going to Options > Peripherals, then in the ''CD Image'' section, select '''Enable''', then select the .cue file of your choosing, and restart the emulator. Mind you that this feature is still experimental, ergo the game will likely crash at certain points, so it's best to use the software below. {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"
|+List of Free Virtual Drive Software
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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 try to install unwanted software.
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* 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.
* Can't mount .cue files. DON'T mount the .bin instead, as SSF will boot you back to the bios whenever it feels like it if you do. Instead, make a .ccd/.img copy with CloneCD and another virtual drive program.
| style="text[ 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.|-align: center;"|[ Alcohol 52% Free Edition]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
* Very reliable.
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* 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.
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* Installer tries to fill your computer up with adware, and newer versions force you to install adware (Version 4.30.4 does not force it).
* 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 4.3x] seems unaffected and still works with modern systems but might be buggier)
* No longer run by the original team. Possibly Chinese spyware at this point.
| style="text-align: center;"|[ WinCDEmu]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Isn't a cut-down version of a paid software.
* Open-source.
* Doesn't try to install unwanted software.
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
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* SSF isn't compatible with it.
| style="text-align: center;"|[ MagicDisc]| style="text-align: center;"|
* Lightweight.
* Doesn't try to install unwanted software.
* Supports every Saturn image extension.
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* SSF isn't compatible with it.
[[Category:Windows emulation software]]
[[Category:Sega Saturn emulators]]

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