Release: RetroFlow-Launcher 4.0 for PS Vita

Developer jimbob4000 has released RetroFlow-Launcher 4.0. This new release adds Flycast support for Dreamcast games, as well as quality of life improvements.

RetroFlow-Launcher is a nice little GUI for browsing and launching your Retro games on the PS Vita, and is originally a fork of HexFlow-Launcher by VitaHEX.

What is RetroFlow-Launcher for PS Vita

If you need a nice looking GUI to browse and run your Retro games on the PS Vita, RetroFlow-Launcher is for you. From the Readme:

This is a modded version of HexFlow Launcher; a 3d coverflow like launcher for PS Vita.

This version includes categories for retro games which can be launched without bubbles for RetroArch, DaedalusX64, and Flycast. Playstation and PSP games can also be launched without having to create bubbles for every game!

This version also has categories for favorites and recently played games.

Display and launch your retro games and homebrews in style.
RetroFlow Launcher features a 3d user interface to display your games with their box art and supports many customization options like custom covers and backgrounds.

Launching a game or app from RetroFlow Launcher will close the launcher automatically without asking.

Supported systems:

PS Vita, PSP, Playstation, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Game Boy, Sega Dreamcast, Sega CD, Sega 32X, Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, PC Engine, PC Engine CD, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx-CD, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color, MSX, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, Atari Lynx, Atari 600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Vectrex, FBA 2012, MAME 2003 Plus, MAME 2000, Neo Geo (FBA 2012) and Neo Geo Pocket Color.

RetroFlow 4.0 – What’s new

New features

  • Dreamcast category added (Flycast needs to be installed).
  • Change ROM folders – Go to ‘Scan settings’ then ‘Edit game directories’ to change the path to game folders. You can select your folder using the new in-built file browser.
  • Rename games – Press triangle then square on the game. (The file is unaltered, the name is only changed in the app).
  • Rescan function – Added to the ‘Scan settings’ menu. You can now scan for new games without restarting the app.

Improvements

  • Overriding games is much faster.
  • Downloading single covers – The cover now updates instantly if found.
  • Bulk downloading covers & snaps in the settings menu – Faster; it now only downloads missing images.
  • Better detection of Adrenaline bubbles using titles. The bubbles are not imported to RetroFlow as the iso or eboot is used.
  • Fixed file size information for games using cue files (the directory size is now used).

Download and install RetroFlow-Launcher

You can Download RetroFlow-Launcher from the project’s github here.

Reminder: you will need a hacked PS Vita in order to run this homebrew GUI as well as the underlying games.

Installation

1. Install the RetroFlow VPK’s.

Install the latest version of RetroFlow and additional RetroFlow Adrenaline launcher VPK from here.

‘RetroFlow Launcher’ is the app you will use to browse games. ‘RetroFlow Adrenaline launcher’ is needed for launching Playstation and PSP games.

2. Rename your PSP games using the steps below.

Renaming is needed for cover matching. RetroFlow will look for a title ID in the filename.

Windows users:

Please rename PSP ISO and CSO files using Leecherman’s PSP ISO Renamer tool using the following parameters:

The result should look like this (please notice the square brackets):

Cars 2 (US) [UCUS-98766].iso

Games can also be named with just the title ID like so: “UCUS98766.iso” but this isn’t recommended.

Mac users:

See the FAQ’s section for a guide on renaming on a mac.

More information on PSP and Playstation after the FAQ’s section.

3. Check your PS1 and PSP are in the right folders

PS1 and PSP games with eboot files should be saved here:

PSP ISO and CSO games should be saved here:

uma0 can also be used.

4. Add your retro games to RetroFlow

Option 1 – Use the default folders: Launch RetroFlow for the first time, RetroFlow will create the folders where you can save your games.

Once it’s finshed loading; close RetroFlow and copy your favourite retro games into the relevant subfolders below:

ux0:/data/RetroFlow/ROMS/

For PC Engine CD and TurboGrafx-CD RetroFlow will look for ‘.cue’ files for these CD systems. Please make sure all the games are loose with the system’s rom folder with .cue files.

For Dreamcast ‘.gdi’ and ‘.cdi’ games are supported.

Option 2 – Use your own game folders: If you don’t want to save your games in the RetroFlow data folder, you can use your own directories.

Go to ‘Scan settings’ and then ‘Edit game directories’ to change the path to game folders.

Once you are done, select ‘Rescan’ to find the games.

Tip: It’s important that your roms are named using the no-intro file naming convention, e.g. “Game Name (USA)” , otherwise cover images won’t be found.

5. Rescan to find your games

Press ‘Start’ and go to ‘Scan Settings’, then select ‘Rescan’ Your retro games should now appear when you restart the app. ‘Startup scan’ can be turned off once you have finished adding your games, the app will startup faster when it’s turned off.

6. Download covers & backgrounds

To download cover images, press start, then choose which covers or backgrounds you would like to download.

 

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