Hyperspin Android Overview & Installation
And anyone I have forgotten helped me learn this
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What is it?
An Android version of Hyperspin that works with existing themes and data directly from the Hyperspin community. It launches both Android games and Android emulators.
Android hardware is getting faster and faster. Emulators for Android are getting better and better. We wanted to play with our Hyperspin setups outside the house. I wanted to replace the old PC in my MAME cabinet with a mobile device so I could justify leaving it on all the time. It needed the ultimate launcher!!!
Since the Windows version of Hyperspin is dependent on Adobe Flash, it was necessary to build the app from scratch. With performance in mind, the Android version is highly-threaded and renders with the GPU using OpenGL.
Android 4.4+ NVIDIA OpenGL drivers ONLY Tegra4, Tegra K1, Tegra X1 Drivers (Tegra Mobile Device List) Confirmed working device, but not limited to, Shield Portable, Tablet and TV, Google Nexus 9, MiiPad, ADT-1 Tested Emulators Release statements
RocketLauncher is not available for use on Android but the settings files it uses within a PC setup are compatible.
Vertical Systems/Wheel list only No Touch Screen Input (Controller required) Favourites list feature not supported Genre feature not supported Searching subfolders for ROM’s not supported Games list only supports launching of one emulator (multiple emulators can exist in settings line and the 1st one installed will be launched) PC based animations and themes not fully functional. See this detailed post HERE
Never used Hyperspin before?
As Hyperspin Android was originally designed to allow PC users to have another way to experience their setup you will need to first decide how you would like to proceed with your Hyperspin Android setup
**Skip to Installation section if NOT using a PC**
The easiest way is to install the PC version for testing and building your Android setup (Follow Avar’s official tutorial videos HERE or follow step by step guides HERE Alternatively build your Hyperspin Android setup from iOS computer or directly from your Android device.
Already using Hyperspin on a PC?
You can co-exist your PC and Android Hyperspin setups in one Hyperspin folder by making the following additions.
Optional additional database file called "Main Menu_Android.xml". Located in your Hyperspin/Databases/Main Menu folder. This will allow for a specifically tailored Main Menu for your Hyperspin Android setup
Optional additional settings folder called /Settings_Android. Located in your Hyperspin directory and populated with your Android specific Main Menu.ini, Settings.ini and SYSTEMNAME.ini’s. This allows both Windows and Android launcher/rompaths to co-exist in separate .ini files within the same Hyperspin directory.
Some of your PC Themes and features may not be compatible with your Android setup so it may pay to build a specific Hyperspin folder for your Android setup. If you take this opportunity to trim unneeded files to save storage space it will likely mean some 3rd party tools (Don’s Filter list and Hypertools) may not function correctly.
Also adjustments to your Android set of settings will need to be done manually with a text editor
A file explorer installed on your Android device (ES File Explorer in this case) Optional: PC to make life easier Step 1 – App Installation
Note: The device you are using and your chosen Hyperspin folder location (local, sdcard, external HDD or NAS) will directly affect your steps and settings file values
All testing was done on my NVIDIA Shield TV Pro 3.2 Marshmallow 6.0, slight differences may be found on other devices
On your device open Google Play Store and search for Hyperspin
2. Install as any other Play Store app, accepting all permissions when prompted
You will now see the Hyperspin app in you devices menu
Step 2 – Build your Hyperspin directories
To function, Hyperspin pulls all data from an installation folder NOT included with the app installation. Without this directory you will see the below screen when trying to launch Hyperspin
Note: New users without a Hyperspin directory and not installing a PC version of Hyperspin please download
Hyperspin Android base pack
(Adjusted from BBB's Hyperspin 1.3.3 file)
Existing users please locate your PC Hyperspin directory and copy this to the root of your preferred storage device (USB, SD card, internal storage or NAS) see below details.
Decide on Storage Media & Location...
I will now show you how to install Hyperspin onto the internal storage of your Android device. You are free to place your Hyperspin directory on a different storage device, including SD cards, USB storage and Network Attached Storage (NAS), but please be aware Hyperspin will seek and prioritize booting 1st from
for your data.
Also note that on the Shield TV Pro /storage/Emulated/0 & /storage/sdcard are in fact the same location
If you will be using a NAS to store your Hyperspin directory, please be aware that there can only be one directory level between your devices /storage directory and your Hyperspin directory. For this to work, you will need to share your Hyperspin folder from your NAS device and the map that device to you Android device through its storage settings. It should then be seen in your devices /storage folder (I will cover this in detail in subsequent tutorials)
Example of correct NAS Path:- /storage/MYNAS/Hyperspin
Example of incorrect NAS Path:- /storage/MYNAS/SUBFOLDER/Hyperspin
My TEST path screenshot
Is my Local device directory /storage Is the name of my NAS Drive sdcard1
Next – Get a file explorer
I Installed ES File Explorer (ESFE) by searching ES in your Play Store app and install as any other.
Launch ESFE and navigate to the 1) Local then 2) Home - option. Place your Hyperspin folder here 3)
Note: For a HSA to work the ONLY required files/folders for an Android installation are as follows
/Emulators (optional ROM location structure for ease of setup)
Please now exit to your home screen and launch the Hyperspin App, to test everything is correct. Depending on your correct choice of Hyperspin directory you should now be greeted with the Hyperspin intro video and your Main Menu wheel of systems.
The base pack download will look similar to this example.
This is what you get with the default Hyperspin 1.3.3 version I have adjusted
Now you have completed the basic installation there are some settings that require adjusting and reviewing to enable games to be launched.
Also the per system/wheel settings are covered here
The Libretro devs just enabled the CHD support for the SuperGrafx and PC-Engine cores on android.
Update your cores with Online Updater.
Personally I have not converted my games or have any PC-Engine CD games but its a good addition anyway.
I hear that audio sync and quality can be an issue
This will be the home for OpenBOR discussion .
It will be my side project and next wheel.
i did have a little play a while back but @Honosuseri inspired me to start again fresh.
posted over at the official forum to see if the issues are likely to get some time from the devs
Written below but better explained in this video.
1. Launching "direct to game" from Hyperspin (HS) wheel only supports 1 .pak file in the "PAK" games folder. When you have more than 1 game (.pak) in the "PAK" folder you will arrive at the OpenBOR game select list when launching any game from the HS wheel, then reselect the game you want to launch.
2. Controls are not intuitive and the touchscreen overlay is needed for things like exit. (Controlled by right thumb stick cursor)
3. Player 2 controls on Shield TV are not recognised as a seperate controller. Therefore broken (needs more testing) May require 3rd party app to reprogram buttons as keyboard keys.
See this tasker profile by @BiZzAr721for changing keyboard see thread linked lower down for more details
Grab up to date apk's from here
Extract the release build and get the debug-apk from the Android folder.
They all (I think) come as a .pak file and for now should be located on the default an local storage OpenBOR PAK folder.
Below are the details for your Hyperspin OpenBOR.ini settings file
Another thread with tasker info from @BiZzAr721 and @badhemi
i will edit this post with setup details as and when I have time. Chip in to get us started as my time is very limited until my wreck of a house is sorted 😀