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XNACPC, an Amstrad CPC emulator for Xbox 360 by Gavin Pugh

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Gavin Pugh updated his twitter account, XNACPC is now working, an Amstrad CPC emulator for Xbox 360.

Source code will be later available, but it could take weeks or months.



Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC

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You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC by Targhan.

Here's the changelist :

  • Complete coding of the sound generating and outputing by myself. The emulation is more accurate, and will allow the implementation of samples and Sids in the future,
  • Plug in your best MIDI Keyboard or any MIDI-In device, play and record your music with it,
  • 150hz and 300hz replay modes are now available. They are very slightly slower than on a real CPC. Nothing you should notice...
  • CPCBooster output is now very accurate,
  • Ability to save Interleaved/non-Interleaved YM6 format,
  • AKStoBin : a command line software to converts any AKS song into a binary to use on hardware (warning, you still need .Net to use it),
  • STKtoAKS : a command line software to converts any STarKos songs into an AKS song (warning, you still need .Net to use it).


Prehistorik Man on DSiWare, it's good to be american

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Talking about Prehistorik 2 in the previous news, I saw on the wikipedia page that it was later ported to Game Boy and Super Nintendo Entertainment System, with a name change : Prehistorik Man. It was later ported on Game Boy Advance. There's also a DSiWare version of this game released in North America (only) on February 15, 2010.

You can see a video of Prehistorik Man for DSiWare on Youtube.

Prehistorik Man on DSiWare  Prehistorik Man on DSiWare 



Another java utility by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI

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DevilMarkus has written another java utility : SAMdisk GUI, a GUI for SAMdisk by Simon Owen : a CLI utility for Windows 2000 and XP, used to transfer between physical SAM Coupé disks (both floppy and IDE) and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF).

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.

It can transfer Prehistorik 2 for example.




CPC PC-CPC v0.1aq emulator and the ManageDsk v0.17 utility

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You can download the latest version of the PC-CPC emulator and of ManageDsk v0.17 (.DSK file handling utility) by Ludovic Deplanque (Demoniak).

This last version of the emulator corrects 2 bugs, one about CLI use (command line interface) and the other about the 2nd joystick handling.








The Amstrad Expo final exams meeting (June 2010)

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The Amstrad Expo - Final Exams meeting will take place in in Coutances (Normandy, France) at Espace Jeunes (F.J.T) from 25th to 27th June 2010. Organization by the tireless Eliot, meaning it will be a great one.

Events will be :

  • Essay (Z80 - up to 128 Kb), is it possible for a CPC scener to release something in 2 months ?
  • Graphic art : 1) "MODE 2 is not a monochrome mode!", 2) "Small pixels are not beautifull"
  • Musical education : "Does Starkos give a better result than Amstradeus?"

IMPORTANT : this year, the productions will be released as files, no special menu !

You will see at the metting :
Symbiface 2 + HD + Compact Flash
Virtual Net 96
SDisk Floppy Emulator

Already coming : Candy - Beb - Shap - Hicks - Kris - Papy CPC - Pulkomandy - Targhan - Tom et Jerry - Voxfreax - Kawickboy - Garett.

Food and drinks are included in the ticket (9 euros/day) for all students. Some bedroom will be available at the exams place.

For more informations, write to eliot(at)cpcscene(dot)com




Roland in Time on Xbox360 by Gavin Pugh

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Have a look at Gavin Pugh twitter account about Roland in Time on Xbox360 with XNA.