Keep your arcade classics alive with this amazing brain transplant!
As we have discussed before, one of the pitfalls of owning CPS2 arcade boards is the fact that these boards are prone to hardware failure, typically by losing their decryption keys when the battery on them dies. This requires a delicate surgery of replacing the batteries once a year at least. Further adding to the stress of maintenance is the fact that if you don’t change the battery quickly enough during the process, it can lead to the same catastrophic failure that occurs if the battery dies on its own.
Those days of having to do routine maintenance may be a thing of the past. Taking what was learned from reverse-engineering the encryption methods on the CPS2, arcade board and supergun enthusiast Undamned has created a circuit board designed to be installed on CPS2 boards to ensure that the board will continue to boot even if the battery dies. The board — which he has dubbed the InfiniKey-CPS2 — injects the necessary decryption keys into the CPS2 board when the board is powered up, allowing you continued usage of your favorite arcade classics, such as Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Mini project: InfiniKey-CPS2. Use original game code without risk of battery failure or damage. Injects appropriate decryption key when the game is powered up. Works on all board revisions. Installation requires only a few simple solder points. 93646B-6/7 install: pic.twitter.com/3quQUvkzkP
— undamned (@therealundamned) October 12, 2018
While he has yet to announce a widespread release of the board, one would expect anyone with a CPS2 board will be incredibly eager to grab it when it is released!