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June 17, 2011 // 11:45 pm - This weekend PlayStation 3 developer Robo Hobo has released an unofficial PS3 MAME arcade game emulator GameOS port preview of version 0.142.

Download: PS3 MAME v0.142 (Preview) / SVN


  • Install the psmame package onto your jailbroken PS3 using normal means.
  • By default all data paths for mame are located under /dev_hdd0/ROMS/mame_data.
  • ROMS themselves can be placed anywhere and their location chosen with the frontend. The recommended path is /dev_hdd0/ROMS/mame.

Default controls:

  • As of right now the only defined controls are R3 to open the MAME config menu, Select for coin, and Start for starting the game.
  • Further control changes can be made in the MAME config menu as needed.
  • Up to four controllers can be used at one time.

Frontend: The frontend can display screenshots of games, these should be placed in /dev_hdd0/ROMS/mame_data/snaps. You can find a full set at


Under /dev_hdd0/ROMS/mame_data

hash: path to hash files
samples: path to samplesets
artwork: path to artwork files
ctrlr: path to controller definitions
ini: path to ini files
font: path to font files
cheat: path to cheat files
crosshair: path to crosshair files
snaps: path to screenshots for frontend

Under /dev_hdd0/game/MAME90000/USRDIR/data

cfg: directory to save configurations
nvram: directory to save nvram contents,
memcard: directory to save memory card contents
inp: directory to save input device logs
sta: directory to save states
snap: directory to save screenshots
diff: directory to save hard drive image difference files
comments: directory to save debugger comments

Known issues:

  • When adding ROMs into your ROM dir, you must tell the frontend to rescan them. This can be done in the R3 menu.
  • The display currently only supports scaling by pixel aspect ratio. Future versions will support various aspect correction modes.
  • Changing video settings in the menu may crash MAME, they don't work anyway so don't bother.
  • Games which require a recompiler will not run.
  • Games which have high memory requirements will not run, the PS3 only has a little of 220MB of RAM available.
  • The default controls will need to be tweaked by the user.

PS3 MAME Arcade Game Emulator GameOS Port is Released

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#30 - jainjank - June 13, 2015 // 9:27 pm
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Thanks for sharing this!

#29 - slyd3r - March 28, 2015 // 4:32 pm
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This is awesome, thank you.

#28 - RoRoD - January 10, 2015 // 11:28 pm
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Is there a compatible/not compatible game list ?

#27 - loth77 - January 10, 2015 // 11:21 am
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very interesting! thank you

#26 - ThePrates - December 24, 2014 // 3:27 pm
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I'm testing on my ps3... I was looking for that a long time

#25 - repania - December 24, 2014 // 1:31 pm
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great work

#24 - jf1001 - December 18, 2014 // 6:56 am
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sweet, brings back memories

#23 - tys0n - November 26, 2014 // 8:35 am
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Great Work!

#22 - tms1643 - November 26, 2014 // 8:18 am
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Nothing is as awesome as playing arcade games in your living room. I remember dropping many a quarter into these machines.

#21 - Jonaloysius - November 17, 2014 // 12:29 pm
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I love these games and your post has made me smile thinking about how in two days time i can view and download the emulator..

I think it stands for Multi Arcade Machine Emulator.