Terraonion has just released a firmware update for the SSDS3 that also includes a HuCard dumper! Here’s the full list of changes:
– [FIX] World Heroes 2 music now restarts each round (probably other games with same issue are fixed too)
– [FIX] Tengai Makyou – Ziria Hibaihin is now playable and doesn’t show corrupted tiles
– [FIX] Adjusted the CD read speed for Gulliver Boy so video doesn’t show glitches now
– [FIX] Improved Backup ram write/ SD read contention so it doesn’t cause crashes.
– [FIX] Selecting the CDROM tab entering and exiting options now keeps the CDROM tab selected.
– [FIX] Solved random noise when switching tabs if user has a games.db and certain directory structure.
– [FIX] Fatal Fury 2 locking up randomly during fights
– [FIX] Sherlock Holmes video glitches (and probably some other games too)
– [FIX] Improve in game trigger in some games that were not recognizing the button presses
– [FIX] Fix cue sheet INDEX 00 entries processing
– [FEATURE] A previous backup file (.bup.bak) is created when saving new .bup file. On startup, if the .bup file doesn’t exist or is 0 bytes, the .bup.bak file will be read.
– [FEATURE] Ability to adjust the CD block volume. Adjusting the volume will reduce the audio distortion in games with high volume level.
– [FEATURE] HuCard dumper. See this forum post for usage: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=140
The SSDS3 is a device that attaches to the back of a TG-16 or PCE and acts as a ROM cart, Optical Drive Emulator and RGB output solution. It’s now on revision 3 and while it has the potential to be the perfect device for any PCE owner, both an audio and video bypass board needs to be installed in order to get a high quality signal from the device. If you don’t have the ability to install these mods yourself, this will add over $100 to the already high cost of the device. Unfortunately, TerraOnion the company that manufactures the device refuse to fix the flaws, even though the information has already been provided to them for free by fans of the device, citing “quality can’t be measured” as their reason for not fixing.
Please remember that if you’re interested in purchasing an SSDS3, it’s much safer to buy it from a trusted reseller such as Stone Age Gamer, rather than from TerraOnion directly, as their history of theft, harassment and exposing customer information makes them the number one company in the retro-gaming scene to stay away from.
This is a device I want to love, but the high price and company’s consistent disregard for their customers make it a solid no for me.