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Sega - Saturn (Yabause)

Background

Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator that is both open-source and written with portability in mind. It is software rendered. Without any update for years it seems upstream is now dead.

Author/License

The Yabause core has been authored by

  • Guillaume Duhammel
  • Theo Berkau
  • Anders Montonen

The Yabause core is licensed under

A summary of the licenses behind RetroArch and its cores have found here.

Extensions

Content that can be loaded by the Yabause core have the following file extensions:

  • .cue
  • .iso
  • .ccd
  • .mds
  • .chd
  • .zip

Databases

RetroArch database(s) that are associated with the Yabause core:

BIOS

Required or optional firmware files go in the frontend's system directory.

Filename Description md5sum
saturn_bios.bin Saturn BIOS - Optional af5828fdff51384f99b3c4926be27762

This md5sum is just a hint, it is not required, any valid saturn bios should work.

Features

Frontend-level settings or features that the Yabause core respects.

Feature Supported
Restart
Screenshots
Saves
States
Rewind
Netplay
Core Options
RetroAchievements
RetroArch Cheats
Native Cheats
Controls
Remapping
Multi-Mouse
Rumble
Sensors
Camera
Location
Subsystem
Softpatching
Disk Control
Username
Language
Crop Overscan
LEDs

Directories

The Yabause core's library name is 'Yabause'

The Yabause core saves/loads to/from these directories.

Frontend's Save directory

  • 'content-name'.srm (Save)

Frontend's State directory

  • 'content-name'.state# (State)

Geometry and timing

  • The Yabause core's core provided FPS is 60 for NTSC games and 50 for PAL games
  • The Yabause core's core provided sample rate is 44100 Hz
  • The Yabause core's core provided aspect ratio is 4/3

Loading Sega Saturn content

  • Yabause is not compatible with cue sheets containing references to audio files with wav/mp3/ogg/flac/ape extensions.
  • Zip files containing cue+bin files can be loaded directly, however the dump will be loaded in RAM (meaning it will use around 700MB of RAM depending on the size of the dump).

Core options

The Yabause core has the following option(s) that can be tweaked from the core options menu. The default setting is bolded.

Settings with (Restart) means that core has to be closed for the new setting to be applied on next launch.

  • Frameskip [yabause_frameskip] (disabled|enabled)

    Frames are skipped when the CPU is unable to keep up a stable rate.

  • Force HLE BIOS (restart) [yabause_force_hle_bios] (disabled|enabled)

    HLE BIOS will be used even when a real BIOS file is present.

  • Addon Cartridge (restart) [yabause_addon_cart] (none|1M_ram|4M_ram)

    Allows switching between the various RAM cartridges released for the system.

    A list of games that require a cartridge can be found here.

  • 6Player Adaptor on Port 1 [yabause_multitap_port1] (disabled|enabled)

    Enable multitap in port 1.

  • 6Player Adaptor on Port 2 [yabause_multitap_port2] (disabled|enabled)

    Enable multitap in port 2.

  • Number of Threads (restart) [yabause_numthreads] (1|2|4|8|16|32)

    Adjust the number of threads to an appropriate level for your CPU.

Controllers

The Yabause core supports the following device type(s) in the controls menu, bolded device types are the default for the specified user(s):

User device types

  • None - Doesn't disable input. There's no reason to switch to this.
  • Saturn Pad - Joypad
  • Saturn 3D Pad - Analog

Multitap support

Must be enabled in core options.

Controller tables

Joypad

User 1 - 12 Remap descriptors RetroPad Inputs
A
X
Start
D-Pad Up
D-Pad Down
D-Pad Left
D-Pad Right
B
Y
C
Z
L
R
Analog X X
Analog Y Y

Compatibility

Known issues

  • Savestates work but can freeze a game
  • Enabling both multitaps at the same time causes some kind of "autofire" bug

See also

Sega - Saturn