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Offline parallaxscroll

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Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:23:54 am »

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1244953


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Allows loading games from USB via the expansion card port, plans on making boards available for sale. Will open up doors to homebrew communities and preservation of the console's functionality for years beyond the CD drive croaking


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOyfZex7B3E

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 11:48:37 am »
YES
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Offline JRcade19

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 02:42:50 pm »
Finally. Another injustice in the world conquered for the greater good of gaming.

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 11:33:42 pm »

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After 20 Years, Someone Cracked The Sega Saturn's DRM


Sega Saturn disc drives are beginning to die off. Until now, it meant your machine might be useless. Thanks to engineer James Laird-Wah, Sega’s 32-bit hardware has been cracked, allowing games to be loaded via USB.


Laird-Wah is known online as Dr Abrasive, and is responsible for a USB-powered ROM-reading cartridge for the Game Boy called the Drag ‘n Derp.


The news was revealed on the YouTube channel debuglive, which features an exhaustive interview with Laird-Wah, showcasing his multi-year process.


Laird-Wah started poking around the Saturn in 2013, attracted to the machine’s notoriously ambitious multi-channel sound chip. “Gee, it’d be nice to have one of those around,” he said. To take advantage of that chip, he wanted to write software for the Saturn.


What he found was that Saturn homebrew required a mod chip—which largely aren’t produced anymore—and burning CDs for the Saturn to read.


“We can probably do better,” he said.


Thus, he went down a rabbit hole requiring years of reverse engineering.


The reason it’s so notoriously hard to crack the Saturn is because of its hardware-based DRM, which required discs to have a physical mark—called a wobble—that was etched into the CD. Laird-Wah had to figure out a way for the Saturn to tell him out the disc drive worked, then come up with software that would allow him to emulate the disc drive over USB.


This isn’t something you can buy yet; Laird-Wah is working out the kinks. Still, it’s a promising move towards revitalizing the Saturn community and ensuring the native hardware can be used to play games for years to come.


http://kotaku.com/after-20-years-someone-cracked-the-sega-saturns-drm-1783480023

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2016, 03:39:01 am »
Most Saturn games I still want to play are mad expensive by now. This is a godsend at this point.
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Offline Clint Forrester

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2016, 07:11:50 pm »
Can't wait to see how emulation improves as a result of this.

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2016, 07:24:38 pm »
Holy shit.

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Re: Sega Saturn copy protection cracked after 22 years
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2016, 12:09:05 pm »
Can't wait to see how emulation improves as a result of this.

I'm not sure this will have any impact on emulation efforts. It's a way to get around having to use the CD drive on the Saturn. Personally I've got a modded Saturn that can play burned discs. The model 1 Saturn (with oval buttons) is apparently harder to mod in this way than the model 2 (with round buttons). This will eliminate the need for that kind of mod, and also save wear and tear on CDs. However, it remains to be seen if this ends up being any easier and less expensive than that kind of mod.