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June 7, 2013 // 2:57 pm - Following up on the previous update, today PlayStation 3 developer Ole has made available MAME 0125 (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) for PS3 Release 1 followed by a new MAME 0.125 front end from comango with details below.

Download: MAME 0.125 for PS3 r1 / MAME 0.125 for PS3 r1 (Source Code) / MAME0125_install.pkg (30.75 MB) / MAME0125_install.pkg (Mirror) / (109.49 MB) / (Mirror) / MAME 0.125 Frontend PS3 by comango_pkg and (48.28 MB) by ka69 (aka kristian696969 via / FB_Alpha_RL_v1.03_(Arcade).rar by concretecork

From the ReadMe file: MAME 0125 for PS3 release 1

  • compiled by using psl1ght v.2 sdk
  • The full uae documentation is stored in the 'docs' subdirectory, here you are reading the ps3 port info.


  • full set of games, although only older / smaller games are playable
  • simple selection of games (no rescanning or installation, just select the game zip file and off you go!)
  • TATE mode switch in the initial menu
  • HW rendering using arcade shader
  • configurable scanlines (off, 10 - 100 % intensity)
  • TV set switch: 16/9 or 4/3
  • 2 player support
  • configurable button layout for individual player
  • sound in 48000 kHz


  • ps3 ready to boot homebrew programs


In the launch menu:

  • L1 - go to options
  • TRIANGLE - toggle Tate mode
  • SQUARE exit

In the game:

  • R3 or L1+L2+R1+R2 - display mame menu (to select new game)
  • Left analog and digital - joystick
  • CROSS, CIRCLE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE - buttons accroding the button layout

Additional info:

  • This is the first release, options are not saved to disk. Sorry, please wait for the next release.
  • I'm using older version of mame because it's faster than the later versions that use C++

Credits and thanks:

  • MAME team and porters.
  • psl1ght sdk team
  • PS3 homebrew scene

Release log:


  • initial release, hopefully it will work for you


From comango (via comes a new MAME 0.125 front end who states the following:

Hi there, I've made another MAME-port with frontend (linked above). It's based on MAME 0.125.

Create a folder name "MAME" on /dev_hdd0 or /dev_usb000. Then create three subfolders, "ROMs", "snap" and "samples". Copy your files there.

Root Internal

  • dev_hdd0 / MAME / ROMs
  • dev_hdd0 / MAME / samples
  • dev_hdd0 / MAME / snap

Root External

  • dev_usb000 / MAME / ROMs
  • dev_usb000 / MAME / samples
  • dev_usb000 / MAME / snap
  • and iso/DVD

dev_dbvd/PS3_GAME/USRDIR/ ROMs samples snap

You can create an .iso emulator or burn it to DVD and run the roms from these.

Note: You must run the emulator on the XMB (the .pkg) packages and select the route dev_dbvd / PS3_GAME / USRDIR / (iso/DVD) to load roms mounted .iso or DVD, because if you run it directly from the .iso or dvd it digs.

Sorry for my bad English.. you can also manually edit the path in the Init.ini file (MAME00125/USRDIR/Init.ini), to avoid duplication with other arcade roms emulators, but the MAME / ROMs route must always be present for this emulator, eg:

isodir = / dev_ms / ROMS / fba / MAME
isodir = / dev_sd /
isodir = / dev_hdd0 /
isodir = / dev_usbXXX /
isodir = / dev_cf /

Update: Hi folks, I just noticed my frontend has experienced some attention, so I registered here to give you a link (linked above) to a package that contains the frontend discussed above along with the snapshot folder, a readme explaining the usage AND the source code. BTW, I'm running FW 4.65 (HABIB) v1.02.

Have fun and MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Finally, from JediKnight007: How to add games to the MAME 0.125 front-end

I've been messing around with the MAME 0.125 front-end recently, and while it supports a lot of games, there are some classics missing, such as Centipede, Paper-Boy, and Space Harrier, among others. So I did some experimenting, and found how to add games to the front-end.

Go to the list folder inside the MAME installation. Look at _by_rotation.txt (the one with the underscore in front). Notice the format...

Zip Name
Game Title
Screen Alignment - (H) for horizontal, (V) for vertical

Open this file in a word processer, then go ahead and delete EVERYTHING. Yes, you won't be able to sort your "old" games by rotation, but you need this file for your custom list. Besides, sorting alphabetically, by year, or by manufacturer is much more useful, anyway.

Add your games by following the format, listing (H) games first, sorted by Game Title, then (V) games, again sorted by Game Title. Best way to get this info is to load the game in the original MAME 0.125 port, and select Game Information from the in-game menu.

An example...

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When you're finished, put the _by_rotation.txt file back in it's place, put your games in the ROMs folder, and start the front-end. Press Square to select the All Games option (as opposed to only particular categories), then press Circle and choose By Screen, and there you go! (assuming you did everything right )

You can add clones this way, just make sure that the parent game is also in the ROMs folder, too. You can also add snapshots, just rename the PNG to the Zip Name and place in the proper folder.

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#10 - cyberfix - June 18, 2011 // 8:27 am
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This is great news! I have been waiting a long time for this. Now I just have to find time to try it. Of course, I am sure my MAME cabinet is feeling nervous now as the dust starts to settle on it.

#9 - billyreneoberra - June 18, 2011 // 8:20 am
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This is how you get it to work:

In the dev_hdd0 create a folder called ROMS (all capital) and in there i created the folders "mame_data" and "mame" and put all my rom zip files in the "mame" folder. all the games showed up on the next start of MAME...

hope all the games work too

rep me up if this helped.

#8 - Ni72ous - June 18, 2011 // 7:53 am
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I get the same thing

#7 - billyreneoberra - June 18, 2011 // 6:46 am
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installed it but when i start it i always get a sceen with "Could not list ROM directory".....

anybody any idea what to do??

#6 - TheGuru - June 18, 2011 // 6:22 am
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is chd support included in this??

#5 - NTA - June 18, 2011 // 5:38 am
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One of the best updates this week! Looking at the related threads, I wonder how the NullDC, PCSX2, and Dolphin ports for the ps3 are coming along LOL.

#4 - elser1 - June 18, 2011 // 3:47 am
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thanks for this..

#3 - Azcs - June 18, 2011 // 2:38 am
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Been waiting for a port of this! can't wait to give it a try

#2 - powtrix - June 18, 2011 // 2:03 am
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will try it, tks

#1 - PS4 News - June 18, 2011 // 1:21 am
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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.

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