Engineer James Laird-Wah wanted to get through the DRM to harness the Saturn’s chiptune capabilities. The Saturn was looking doomed because there was a shortage of replacement parts coupled with an increasingly common fault with the drive.
Normally you could run the games from modern USB stick, but the Saturn came with some spooky DRM which made it darn difficult.
Laird-Wah by-passed the drive altogether and hacked into the Video CD Slot so it can take games stored on a USB stick and run them directly though the Saturn’s CD Block.
Laird-Wah said that he has got the Saturn to the point where it can boot and run games. He has also put in some audio support so it also has sound.
Right now he is the only one in the world who can write Saturn files to a USB stick. But he is not resting on his laurels. Laird-Wah wants to go back to his original plan which was using the Saturn’s chiptune to load samples and store your songs on the USB.
He has not issued any time-table for the release of his hack. But if enough people adopt it, it will go some way to preserving the Saturn and its games library.