Here is a patch for the european version of Skies of Arcadia. This patch makes the game run in 60Hz, as oppose to the original euro version that is stuck to 50Hz. Moreover, the patch adds the VGA support to the game. I’ve only tested the VGA mode on real hardware, so if someone could test it on a TV, using, I don’t know, a SCART cable, that would be great.
In the archive, you will find a ppf file that must be applied to the 1ST_READ.BIN file that you get from a TOSEC GDI dump. If you don”t know how to use patch files, no worries, I’ve also included the patched version of the 1ST_READ.BIN. Skies of Arcadia uses 2 discs but the 1ST_READ.BIN is strictly the same on both. Now you just have to rebuild the game image and try it out. For those that were waiting for a ready-to-use solution, since there are at least two releases (TOSEC GDI dump and Echelon) and 2 discs per release, it is simpler for me to provide a patch just for the main binary and not for an disc image. I’m pretty sure some people will do some hex-compare, patch, re-built and eventually release a CDI image or even a patched GD dump so that you just have to burn it or copy it on your gdemu/usb-gdrom board.
Download: jc-soae-60hz-vga.zip jc-soae-60Hz-vga-v2.zip (New version – same thing but I cleaned one little thing up 🙂
More to come soon.
Update: works fine on my TV in 60hz using the scart cable so I guess we can say that patch is working correctly 🙂