Orbital

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Orbital

Orbital is an open-source virtualization-based PlayStation 4 emulator for Windows and Linux. It's goal is allowing the entire PlayStation 4 software stack to run on your PC. Join this server for discussions in the topic of emulation and following the progress of this project.

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Orbital is an open-source virtualization-based PlayStation 4 emulator for Windows and Linux. It's goal is allowing the entire PlayStation 4 software stack to run on your PC. Join this server for discussions in the topic of emulation and following the progress of this project.

Server Website:https://phi.nz/orbital

Recent Posts

Performance Improvements

Reposted from: 2019-06-13

Brief update: Bootloader now fetches decrypted kernels via IO, not AHCI. This fixes USB storage devices, including the internal HDD (there's a very long story behind this issue). There has been significant performance improvements resulting in smooth framerates. Texture loading issues are solved, which fixes some artifacts. We have added support for PUPMGR functions, though decryption is still pending pending, hence the error in the end. Several SAMU high-level emulation issues have been fixed. Finally, we added the possibility of reinstalling firmware via virtual mass-storage USB devices.

DualShock Support

Reposted from: 2019-06-01

After last update, we have implemented the Aeolia XHCI device (USB 3.0) to get past the "Connect DualShock" message by connecting an actual gamepad to the PS4 VM via host passthrough. There were many issues in our way there and we have fixed those with the invaluable help of @jarves. As a future goal, we also want to implement a virtual USB device for the DualShock 4 (as opposed to using an actual physical device).

Graphical Output

Reposted from: 2019-03-19

After last update, we have reimplemented large parts of the PS4 GPU graphics pipeline using Vulkan and recompiling AMD GCN bytecode into SPIR-V. This finally allows us to "see" the Safe Mode menu, booted from a PS4 5.xx kernel. At the moment, we receive an CE-343XX error which indicates a PS4 HDD failure. This issue is to be expected since we have booted the PS4 kernel without a valid HDD image. In the future, Safe Mode menu will have an important role when booting Orbital for the first time. The procedure to make the emulator work will be similar to the replacement of the HDD in an actual PS4 console.

FreeBSD/Orbis Kernel Introspection

Reposted from: 2019-02-05

During the past month several real-time VM introspection tools have been added to Orbital. These tools allow us to analyze the state of the PS4 OS within the virtual machine, and can help considerably at tracking bugs down.

These features include: GPU Debugger (DCE), Process List, Thread List, Executing Processes List, Device Statistics (PCI). Big thanks to @velocity and @jfhs for working in several of these tools.

Additionally, big improvements have been done in Liverpool's DCE and GFX engines, which will showcased in an upcoming progress report.

Orbital UI

Reposted from: 2018-12-16

We now offer a ImGui-based to allow rapid prototyping of tools that could be useful to developers. Over the last couple of months work has focused mainly in two areas: improving the Intel HAXM hypervisor that powers Orbital and fixing issues on Aeolia/Liverpool devices that have prevented PS4 userland processes from booting.

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