Sega Saturn Copy Protection Broken & New Flash Cartridge In Development

Sega-Saturn-Flash-Cartridge-In-DevelopmentIt wasn't long after the Dreamcast's arrival that we began to see unauthorised methods towards booting game backups with ease. Despite this quick turnaround, Sega's prior console, the Saturn, still remained uncracked and has done up until now. Two decades after the Saturn's debut the underloved 32-bit powerhouse has finally been broken into, with plenty of promising developments for homebrew and preservationists.

Prior to this recent discovery, the Sega Saturn only presented a few options towards booting unsigned code on the console - either you tracked down a mod-chip (which have long been out of production) or the incredibly rare Magic Card V2 cartridge. Aside from these two eBay trawling tasks the only other viable option out there is the Rhea/Phoebe adapters which replace the Saturn's disc drive entirely, booting games from SD Card into memory. Either way, the options are limited whether it be scarcity or limited availability.

On the horizon however, hardware tinkerer and chiptune enthusiast Professor Abrasive has had some rather promising news for fans of the Saturn after hunting around for musical opportunities with the system's sound chip. His incredible efforts actually uncovered some previously unseen code which enabled all kinds of functionality to run from the expansion port - the same one which the Video CD card made use of. This has since seen Professor Abrasive tricking the Saturn into reading games from this expansion port, and thus the equivalent of a flash cartridge has been born for the CD based system.

While this Sega Saturn flash cartridge known as the Satisfier may still be in development and be a one of a kind until, it's safe to say that this breakthrough holds plenty of promise for the retro gaming community. Here's to hoping a production run is made available once the device hits completion. In the meantime, for those interested here's a fantastic in depth interview with Professor Abrasive on this upcoming device.

Sega Saturn Flash Cartridge 'Satisfier' Development Preview

 


 

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(Link to this comment) arober4 2016-07-13 06:03
Wow, I've been trying to get the Phoebe ever since I read about it here on retrocollect but preorders are always closed. Excited to see if this baby will ever be purchasable, till then I'll keep disc swapping!
(Link to this comment) DarakuTenshi 2016-07-15 04:39
Look up Psuedo Saturn. Cheap and easy way.
(Link to this comment) DarakuTenshi 2016-07-15 04:37
Interesting, no mention of the pseudo Saturn mod which uses game genie or action replay.
(Link to this comment) arober4 2016-07-15 08:52
I actually went through about 25 attempts trying to burn the pseudo disc, but no matter what I always ended up at Saturn's main menu. Oh well, I can still use the action replay to play some really neat games like Cotton 2 and Waku Waku 7. Swapping in front of friends is also kinda like performing a magic trick!
+1 (Link to this comment) DarakuTenshi 2016-07-18 18:09
Now that you mention it, I do remember having that same issue as there were many images out there that were no good. I'll see if I can locate the correct image for you. I may even still have my physical copy somewhere with my saturn games.
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2016-07-26 10:47
Saturn modchips aren't that hard to find, though of course this is way better than any disc based method.
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