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Pokemon on a Dreamcast VMU

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In the modern world of gaming any game can be run almost anything with a processor and a screen. In this golden age of retro gaming some has modified a Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit to run old Gameboy games thanks to a raspberry pi small single-board computer.

The maker of the  Dreamcast VMU and GB games crossover is someone who goes by the name Kite on the Sudomod forums—a site dedicated to raspberry pi and Gameboy related mods.

The Dreamcast was Sega’s last home console, released in 1999, this well-loved machine was sega’s final farewell to the first party games they used to make before becoming to a third party develepor. It’s memory card was a large piece of plastic with its own screen, and had it’s own games, and was small enough to fit in your pocket but big enough to seem when you tried to get it into the Dreamcast’s massive controller.

“It is great for GBC games due to the low res, and ‘basic’ games like Sonic (that require very few buttons),” Kite wrote on the Sudomod forums. “The screen is super smooth and no tearing but it does make menus quite hard to use…I currently have it on my keychain for my keys because it has a lanyard hole at the bottom!”

Old hand held consoles, like the VMU and the Gameboy series are perfect for innovative makers to bust open due to the smaller size and thanks to the fact that they come with screens and buttons. Many of these modified consoles use Retropie, software that allows users to emulate old console and handheld games.

To be clear, Kite’s using an LCD screen that comes with the pi zero/w not the original VMU screen. He’s not done messing with the VMU either, he plans to upgrade the screen and begin selling some of these beauties in early to mid 2018.

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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PC Mounts Show PlayStation Trophy Support

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We love the PlayStation ecosystem, especially its top first-party studios, but Sony Interactive Entertainment could do more to build goodwill. The long-awaited Trophy support for PS5 games on PC appears to be closer to reality, though nothing official has been announced.

TrueTrophie’s scanners found a new PS5 Trophy list with “PSPC” as a platform. The list, titled “Trophy Set” and unattached to a game, appears to be a test. TrueTrophies notes that developers rarely submit their own platforms to PSN, suggesting Sony is behind it.

TrueTrophies says this platform is separate from PS5 but can connect to it, suggesting compatibility. As PlayStation fans know, PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 games could share a list. In October 2022, Sony added PSN support to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered’s PC release, allowing players to link Steam accounts to unlock an exclusive skin. Potentially minor, but something we’ll watch.

TrueTrophies lists PlayStation Trophies for serious hunters. They scrape the PlayStation Network’s ominous underbelly with scanners to provide the most up-to-date trophy lists, sometimes dangerously. TrueTrophies posted Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s trophy list weeks ago, with spoiler titles.

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If Not Already Clear, Elder Scrolls 6 Will Skip PlayStation

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Despite Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls 6 was not confirmed as an Xbox exclusive a few months ago. This happened because Xbox executive Phil Spencer indicated that target platforms hadn’t been selected yet, but it always felt like he was talking about the game being years away rather than the RPG being on PlayStation.

If you’re still holding out, Microsoft plans to release The Elder Scrolls 6 just on Xbox and PC. Documents from the company’s FTC lawsuit were recently released. In the document, Bethesda’s announced titles (both as a publisher and developer) are listed, and The Elder Scrolls 6 is listed for Xbox, PC, and nothing else.

We expected this, but The Elder Scrolls 6 was announced before Microsoft acquired its developer. The Elder Scrolls is a beloved franchise that’s been on various platforms for generations, so this isn’t Starfield.

However, the game isn’t due until 2026 at the earliest, according to the paper, and who knows what the gaming landscape will be like then.

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