Those looking for an alternative that allows you to manage / update your list of PS3 games are welcome to try PS3 Game List.
PS3 Game List started out as a demo to test the Qt Framework overall applicability, using it to explore Sony’s SFO binary format. As more layers of functionality were included (mostly through user suggestions), the program quickly evolved into a full-feature C++ app.
Its main focus is on speed and portability, and is currently available for Windows (Eight, Seven, Vista and XP[up to v1.9.3]), Linux (x86, x86-64 compatible) and Mac (OSX 10.5 and up).
A review by Christopher Groux:
“As a loyal PS3 scene member, odds are you have probably accumulated all kinds of content for your prized Sony gaming console. Between all of the EBOOTs and ISOs on your ever-growing external hard drive, sometimes wading through and unpacking all of these files can be something of an annoying task. With the new version of PS3 Game List, you’ll be able to get back in the game just a little bit quicker through an all-in-one PC suite solution for less organized users.
Instead of throwing all of your PSN titles or ISO backups into the bottomless pit that can be your hard drive, PS3 Game List makes things easier on you by doing all of that organizational processing for you. In a snap you’ll be able to locate the files you need with the kind of efficiency you want, which should fit the need for any sort of hardcore gamer that likes to work beyond the confines of what your typical folk might be doing with their systems. Through just a quick install of this app on your Windows machine, you’ll be able to spend less time searching and more time in front of your TV. What’s not to love about that?
You’ll be endowed with the ability to handle RAR, ISO and PKG files, which means those ever so awesome archives can be kept in line within your big collection of goods. However, if that’s not enough for you, this app can decrypt those very files at rates that very quietly beat some of the more notable competition. If you’re looking to get something to make your scene experience lean and mean in a well-kept software, this new version of Game List might be right up your alley.“
Quick guide (v2.1):
- “Game folder”: loads the game info stored at the selected folder/directory (select the folder that holds all data, not the individual game folders; for ISO images, place them all in a single folder and load it as a regular game directory);
- “Import list from Excel file”: loads a list of previously saved games from an excel file;
- “Export…”: displays the list exporting options (“Export as text file” – exports/saves your game list as a text file; “Export as Excel file” – exports/saves your game list as a Microsoft Excel file);
- “Clear list”: clears all the data loaded;
- “Save changes”: saves all the changes made to the PARAM.SFO files and folders (double click or press F2 to alter game title, firmware or folder name; check the resolution and audio boxes to alter them);
- “Rename folders…”: displays the folder renaming options (“Rename folders (ID)” – renames all folders to match the game ID (e.g. BCUS98114); “Rename folders (Title)” – renames all folders to match the game title (e.g. “Gran Turismo 5″); “Rename folders (ID+Title)”: renames all folders to ID-[Title]; “Rename folders (user defined)”: renames all folders to a format specified by the user using the tags _ID_ , _TITLE_, _SIZE_, _REGION, and _FIRMWARE_);
- “Replace image…”: displays image replacing options (“Replace avatar” – replaces game avatar with a custom image. The image will be scaled to 320×176; “Replace background image” – replaces background image with a custom image. The image will be scaled to 1920×1080);
- “Browse game folder”: opens an “explorer.exe” window pointing to the selected game folder;
- “Spit/Join…”: splits files over 4GB into fragments for FAT32 compatibility (or joins fragments back together);
- “Extract PKG”: extracts the contents of a PKG file (a folder named after the PKG will be created; this option will only be enabled for such files).
- “Extract RAR”: extracts the contents of a RAR compressed file (this option will only be enabled for such files).
- “Disk status”: displays a chart of disk usage;
- “Add game”: manually inserts a game to the list and checks whether the loaded games have updates available (note that an invalid ID will return no updates);
- “Check for updates”: checks whether the loaded games have updates available;
- “Download updates”: adds all checked updates to the queue and starts/resumes the download process (allowing simultaneous downloads; starting from version 1.9, all downloaded updates will be prefixed with the targeted PS3 system version);
- “Stops downloads”: interrupts the download process; partial downloads can be resumed at a later time;
- “Select all/none”: selects/deselects all updates;
- “Settings”: opens up the application configuration dialog;
- “General (Settings)”: configures game folder depth (up to 10 levels; e.g. “Z:\GAMEZ\Gran Turismo 5\BCUS98114\” instead of “Z:\GAMEZ\BCUS98114\”), enables loading from multiple game folders, enables the creation of image backup, enables iconic representation of flag items, enables Unicode support for game titles, enables game info display in tooltips, sets file deletion option for split/merge operation and sets the default download folder);
- “Proxy (Settings)”: proxy configuration (HTTP/SOCKS 5 supported);
- “Toolbar (Settings)”: enables table layout customization;
- “FTP”: the FTP tab allows the user to connect to a server (or a PS3 running one); right click on an item to display the available options (download, delete, rename or load game information). In order to upload a game, connect to a server and navigate to the destination folder. Then, go to the “Game info” tab and right click on the game to display the context menu. Select “Upload (FTP)” to upload the game to the destination folder.