As reported yesterday, TheFlow has been working on a generic plugin to make PSP games run at native resolution on the PSVita but little details were available then. After a few hours, TheFlow came forward with a brand new plugin called GePatch which already allows 50+ PSP games to run at 960×544 on the Vita with frequent updates being pushed!
What is GePatch?
GePatch is a plugin by TheFlow that allows some PlayStation Portable games to run at the PlayStation Vita’s native resolution of 960×544 within Adrenaline which is an ePSP solution by the same developer. From a tweet shared earlier this week, GePatch seems to work by patching display lists and vertices within the PSP’s graphics engine meaning that the games are still rendered using the PSP hardware found within the PSVita’s and PSTV.
This is approach differs from what was being floated last year in regards to getting PSP games running at native resolution on the PSVita as that approach revolved around porting PPSSPP’s graphics renderer to the console. According to TheFlow, the approach he took is “cheaper” compared to the PPSSPP renderer option and initial results are showing that it’s working in a quite a decent amount of titles!
Which games are supported by GePatch?
After releasing GePatch, TheFlow created a spreadsheet on Google Docs that community members could contribute to and in under 24 hours, there are already over 350 entries inside of it consisting of PSP games, PS1 games and even homebrew. Among the games that are considered playable after having their resolution increased to 960×544 with GePatch, one finds:
- Disagea Infinite, Disagea 2: Dark Hero Days & Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
- Sims 2
- Loco Roco
- FIFA Street 2
- Retro City Rampage DX
- Ys I & II Chronicles
- Various others including Toy Story 3 and Lord of Arcana with community members testing much more!
To grab GePatch and install it on your device, simply follow the link below to its GitHub Release Page & README. In order to see whether a game is compatible with the plugin or add your own test results, you can view the Google Docs Spreadsheet below. It is important to state that the plugin has seen 4 updates in the last 24 hours with version 0.1.4 being released under an hour ago so make sure you’re on the latest version!
GePatch GitHub README (instructions): https://github.com/TheOfficialFloW/GePatch/blob/master/README.md
GePatch GitHub Release Page (download): https://github.com/TheOfficialFloW/GePatch/releases
GePatch compatibility spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aZlmKwELcdpCb9ezI5iRfgcX9hoGxgL4tNC-673aKqk/
TheFlow’s Patreon (donations): https://www.patreon.com/TheOfficialFloW