It’s a good time to enter the Ps4 Linux scene, because almost every distro is available for the PS4, thanks to all the devs who have worked hard to make it a possibility. Anyways, today, we have the dev, Darkstorm who has released his distro – Debian 11 for the PS4. A feature that sets it apart is the huge list of emulators that come pre-installed.
As reported by PSXHAX, the distro contains a huge list of pre-installed applications for gaming and even for entertainment. Here is the list quoted directly from PSXHAX.
- Wine proton with Vulkan backing
- Genesis Emulator Blastem
- Cen64 emulator of Nintendo 64
- CEMU emulator Wii / WiiU
- Desmume Nintendo DS emulator
- Dolphin-emu GameCube and Wii emulator
- DOSBox emulator for x86 supporting Tandy, Herc, CGA, EGA, VGA, SVGA, sound and DOS graphics modes
- All-in-one NES / Famicom emulator
- FS-UAE-Arcade Full-screen game browser for FS-UAE
- GNGB emulator for GameBoy Color
- Hatari emulator for Atari ST, STE, TT and Falcon computers
- Higan multi-system emulator
- MAME: Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
- Mednaffe front end for Mednafen multisystem emulator
- MGBA-SDL emulator for the Game Boy Advance – SDL front end for mGBA
- mupen64plus-ui-front console in console for mupen64plus
- Nestopia emulator for Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom
- Osmosis-emulator Sega’s Master System and Game Gear console emulator
- PCSXR Sony PlayStation Emulator
- PSPPPS PSP Emulator
- RCPS3 PS3 emulator
- Simple front end Retroarch for Libretro library
- Ryujinx Switch emulator
- Stella Emulator of Atari 2600 for SDL and X Window System
- Virtualjaguar cross-platform emulator of Jaguar from Atari
- VisualboyAdvance advanced and complete Game Boy emulator
- Yabause Saturn emulator
- Yuzu Switch emulator
- Xemu Xbox emulator
- Zsnes emulator for the Super Nintendo / Super NES
- Heroic Launcher (Epic Games) with Proton support
- Steam Linux runtimes
- Kodi and VLC for movies
Another feature about this distro is that, it uses a downgraded Mesa version, which makes sure that freezes and crashes are avoided. Please notice that, we do have custom Mesa for that purpose which can be easily switched on Ubuntu or Fedora based distros. You may understand the usage of this custom Mesa by going through the article on Cyberpunk fix.
That is impressive and Darkstorm showcases the distro running a game on CEMU at 60 FPS and a Yuzu game at 30 FPS.
Installation: How to install Debian 11 on PS4?
- USB drive – Remember that this distro comes with a lot of distros. So, I recommend atleast 32 GB of storage.
- bzImage (Download an appropriate kernel according to your PS4 model)
- FAT32 Format
- USB Hub, USB Keyboard and Mouse
- Exploitable PS4 (Find if yours is exploitable)
The distro can be installed on a PS4 using the rescueshell method. Alternatively, you can try the faster, alternate method if you are on Linux or have a Linux VM, preferably Ubuntu. I also recommend setting up a persistent swap space after you install the distro.
Do try the distro out and let me know how well it works. If you face any problems, leave a comment below. I will try my best to help. But, if you are good with French or good with Google Translate, you can directly leave a comment on the Logic-sunrise thread dedicated to this distro.