To quote: PS3roar is a port of xroar for X windows, as well as; the Nintendo DS, GPX32, PSP and AMIGA OS4. PS3roar is a Dragon 32 and 64 Computer emulator that runs on a wide variety of platforms, now including the PS3. Due to hardware similarities, PS3roar also emulates the Tandy Colour Computer (CoCo) models 1 & 2.
The PS3 port and modifications completed by CrashSerious (me). The PS3 port uses PSL1GHTv2, a free and Open Source SDK for the PS3.
PS3roar is a Dragon/Tandy Coco emulator, is a port of xRoar by Ciaran Anscomb. xRoar is Copyright (C) 2003-2010 Ciaran Anscomb (xroar -aT- 6809.org.uk)
From the ReadMe file:
Dragon 32 (PAL).
Dragon 64 (PAL).
Tano Dragon (NTSC).
Tandy Colour Computer (1 and 2) (PAL).
Tandy Color Computer (1 and 2) (NTSC).
Video display (at original pixel size) on a 480p display w/ background
Cart loading from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/ROMS/ (CTRL-I)
Cassette loading from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/CASSETTES/ (CTRL-L)
Cassette Saves from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/CASSETTES/ (CTRL-W)
New Cassette creation (currently only one filename is used, a input mechanism is needed)
Disk loading from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/DISKS/ (CTRL 1-4)
Disk Saving from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/DISKS/ (No Key, automatically writable)
New DISK (.dsk) creation (currently only one filename is used, a input mechanism is needed)
Snapshot loading from /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/SNAPSHOTS/ (CTRL+S)
Snapshot saving to /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/SNAPSHOTS/
Emulation Soft Reset (CTRL-R)
Emulation Hard Reset (SHIFT-CTRL-R)
Trace mode (with DEX or Ethboot payload)
Fixed emulator in all resolutions supported by the PS3. 480p, 720p, 1080p, etc
Switching to and from full screen mode enabled, set full screen to default.
Sound (Sound is there, but not 100% correct)
Keyboard commands: PS3roar's user interface is based around SDL. The emulator video output window is shown, and all operations are performed with keyboard combinations, usually accessed as Control+KEY. The following are the keyboard combinations for the functions listed:
Control+I Insert a ROM cartridge.
Control+Shift+I Insert a ROM cartridge, no autorun.
Control+L Load a cassette file.
Control+Shift+L Load a cassette file and attempt to autorun it where appropriate.
Control+W Attach a virtual cassette file for writing.
Control+[1-4] Insert a virtual disk into drive 1-4.
Control+Shift+[1-4] Insert a blank virtual disk (40TSS) into drive 1-4.
Control+[5-8] Toggle write enable on disk in drive 1-4.
Control+Shift+[5-8] Toggle write back on disk in drive 1-4.
Control+S Save a snapshot.
Control+Shift+S Load a snapshot.
System Control Keys:
Control+R Soft reset emulated machine.
Control+Shift+R Hard reset emulated machine.
Control+C Quit emulator (Power Off).
Emulation Configuration Keys:
Control+K Toggle between Dragon and CoCo keyboard layout. See Keyboard.
Control+A Cycle through cross-colour video modes (hi-res only).
Control+M Cycle through emulated machine types (resets machine).
Control+E Toggle DOS emulation on/off - reset to take effect.
Control+J Cycle through joystick emulation modes (None, Left, Right).
To find other ROMS, and to find BIOS files; search google for the phrase, they are REQUIRED to get the emulator working: "color computer" roms
PS3Roar creates a folder structure on a USB drive that does not already contain a "PS3Roar" directory, the structure is:
These folders correspond to the folders in the installed PS3roar directory on the HDD. Placing fikles on the USB Stick, then anagin inserting into the PS3 and pressing CONTROL+U once more will copy the files to the PS3. Once copied, the USB stick can be removed. Note: files are NEVER loaded from USB, they must be on the internal HDD in the proper location. The CONTROL+U functionality makes this easy and removes the need to FTP files to the PS3.
You will need to unzip the rom files. They need to be .rom files, the emulator doesn't deal with .zips
You will need to get your own roms and (for now) place them in /dev_hdd0/game/PS3Roar00/USRDIR/ROMS/ to get the emulator "operational"
Heavy reorganization was done to the original source code to accomodate easy PS3 compilation and creation of a PS3 the original source code is in a .tar.gz in the original source code of this repository.
The original readme has been left intact, and is named README.xroar
To quote from CrashSerious: jailbreakscene.com/main/2011/08/ps3roar-released-by-crashserious/
When you install this, you will get a orange and black checker board pattern on the screen. This is because teh BIOS for the system you want to emulate isn’t in the pkg.
You can insert a USB Pen drive into the PS3 and press Control+U and the needed folder structure will be created for you on the Pen drive.
Place the BIOS files in the /PS3Roar/BIOS folder and you will then insert it back into the PS3 and press Control+U again to copy the files to the PS3.
Exit the emulator and reload it and you should be in business. Because of the original license I could not distribute the BIOS roms with the pkg. (Sorry) No doubt some person will create easy to use zip/rar’s to extract to the root of the pen drive to help make this much easier for you.