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Poll: Top Console Emulation Choice (42 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Console is Best as an Emulation Machine?

  1. Original X Box (23 votes [54.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 54.76%

  2. X Box 360 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. PS2 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. PS3 (2 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  5. Dreamcast (2 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  6. Nintendo Gamecube (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Nintendo Wii/Wii U (15 votes [35.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.71%

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#76 Mark Wolfe OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 8, 2016 10:36 AM

@travis: really glad you're enjoying it. I should have those controllers in the mail next week. I have to do a major, long overdue, basement and workbench clean up

@shannon
I am a member of the coinops project and also the private torrent. I even paid for VIP access to it in the past to support the devs but I just done quite mix well over there. (Probably the age gap)

I also cut way back on my on line mingling and have pretty much kept it to just AtariAge cuz of folks like you guys in this thread and the marketplace forum .

I was doing a lot Instagram over the summer for my graffiti career but other than that I don't go on forums much unless I have a specific need to find a tutorial, download software, grab tools or ask a question

I don't like the rom sets for consoles that have been compiled for CO that are not mame games ... I would have to do a LOT of game deletions if I installed those . I'd rather have an app that let me create my own set and by that I mean find or create the associated media required along with a text file telling me what goes where in which directory.

Beyond compiling just the roms, I'm too lazy to piece that sort of coinops set together myself ... I would add arcade ports from all systems and games that work well with arcade controls for my own use. I have not seen such a set or sets yet without containing 90% games I don't want.

I know Nintendo goes after people but not the sites like theisozone or other long standing sites like Romhustler, Et al...

Occasionally you will see a note posted regarding a rom that was taken down by request (not as often as you see that kind of thing on YouTube) but they can't win ... it's too far gone and too LONG gone in time to take down everything. It'll just go up somewhere else if not ten other somwhere else's

I've always maintained that the projected and reported "losses" that game companies claim are way overblown and don't take into account the positive side of generating thousands if not hundreds of thousands or even millions of classic game fans that pour money into the game economy.

most "pirates" would not buy all the games, movies, books, software, porn they download if it was not possible to do so... that's not a loss of revenue, certainly not as much as they claim ... there is no scientific way to even calculate it and like I said, the equation is lopsided and does not factor in just how big the classic game scene has grown in just the last five years let alone the last decades since MAME was born.

I also think it is a huge mistake to vilify your customer base like the music and movie industries seem to enjoy doing to 13 year olds with a full iPod.




To go back on topic, is anyone here using classic consoles with emulators in their arcade cabinets or with arcade control sticks ?

I've been using the Xbox of course but I'm also using the Dreamcast and will soon have the Wii & PS2 working . I migrated my control system over from Ultimarc to Xarcade (with its newly updated control PCB) so I could do that a lot easier. the video interface I have for my arcade monitor works with those consoles that have VGA or component capability. It's cool to use the Wii or PS2 to play arcade ports of newer arcade games or console only followups. I have invested in some JAMMA compatible arcade boards but it gets expensive and clumsy. A lot of them have the same components as those consoles anyway

Among my prize possessions are consolized multi game Neo Geo MVS & Capcom CPS2. I can play the full library of those original games except for those that require a vertical monitor unless I want to play it sideways . It's pretty sweet to own 2/3rds of KAWAKS 😁

Edited by Mark Wolfe, Thu Dec 8, 2016 10:41 AM.


#77 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 9, 2016 4:17 PM

Well I think I'll stay away from that one.   :lol:  Only to say one thing.. Nintendo seems to be the only one that actively pursues distribution of ROMs for their older systems.

 

Activision does as well. They forced the VCS roms on AA to go away.



#78 Everett1954 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:30 PM

I have the XBOX, Wii and Raspberry Pi, and I have to say i love the Raspberry PI3 with RECALBOX not Retropie as my favorite.

 

Cheap, easy to set up (compared to Retro Pie)  HDMI  output , can use PS3, Xbox or Any USB controller (i use cheap SNES style ) or keyboard (talking Odyssey 2 emulation) fast load times and quick to change to different "Console'

 

Adding Roms is very easy , has built in scraper . Auto updating!

 

Could go on and on.....



#79 Mark Wolfe OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:43 PM

Funny you mention that, I just downloaded that for my Pi3 last week when I happened upon an article about it.

From what I've read it does sound cool

I'm definitely gonna have to install that now and see what's up

Retropie is needlessly complex in my opinion and requires a lot of tinkering (i.e. config file editing) for what are easy things on other emulation front ends

#80 78001987 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:09 PM

I guess I'm the only weirdo here who does it on a PS3. I have a CFW PS3 slim, and with Retroarch, and a few other one-off emulation homebrews, I can flawlessly play games from all of these consoles:

 

MAME

FBAlpha

Atari 2600

Intellivision

Colecovision

Atari 7800

NES

SMS

Sega Genesis

SNES

Sega CD

NEO GEO

Turbografx /CD

Sony PS1

Sony PS2 (not completely flawless, but most games run)

 

and it has really nice Bluetooth controllers. and it does 1080p video.

 

as much as PC emulation may be more flexible, it's nice to sit on the couch, with a native BT gamepad, and play every game for nearly every system created before PS3. (X-box series, N64 and 3D0 noted as not possible)


Edited by 78001987, Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:12 PM.


#81 Asaki ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:23 AM

N64 not possible? That's odd.



#82 78001987 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:32 AM

N64 not possible? That's odd.

I beleive it's technically possible, but no one has written a proper dynarec for it to work with the PS3's RISC/RSX chipset

 

Same with 3D0. Nobody has ported FreeD0 to PS3 yet. IT exists in Retroarch, but they haven't ported that core yet.


Edited by 78001987, Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:33 AM.


#83 Gamemoose OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:20 AM

I guess I'm the only weirdo here who does it on a PS3. I have a CFW PS3 slim, and with Retroarch, and a few other one-off emulation homebrews, I can flawlessly play games from all of these consoles:
 
MAME
FBAlpha
Atari 2600
Intellivision
Colecovision
Atari 7800
NES
SMS
Sega Genesis
SNES
Sega CD
NEO GEO
Turbografx /CD
Sony PS1
Sony PS2 (not completely flawless, but most games run)
 
and it has really nice Bluetooth controllers. and it does 1080p video.
 
as much as PC emulation may be more flexible, it's nice to sit on the couch, with a native BT gamepad, and play every game for nearly every system created before PS3. (X-box series, N64 and 3D0 noted as not possible)


Say wha...?! You can emulate on a PS3?!

Please, oh worldly one...share your knowledge with this humble gamer...where does one get the tools to make this happen?

#84 78001987 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:45 AM

Say wha...?! You can emulate on a PS3?!

Please, oh worldly one...share your knowledge with this humble gamer...where does one get the tools to make this happen?

You need to have Custom Firmware installed on your PS3 to do it. There are dozens of flavors of it. Which means you would have needed to own a PS3 that came with Official Firmware version 3.55 or earlier, and would have needed to have installed a Custom Firmware then, before you upgraded to OFW 3.56.

 

If you've upgraded your PS3 past 3.55 (or you bought one that came with Firmware newer than 3.55) - you can't run emulators, or game backups, or Linux, or anything else that Custom Firmware allows.

 

Well - there are hardware downgrader devices, but they require microscopic surface mount soldering and are really expensive. Might be cheaper to just buy a CFW PS3 or pre-3.55 PS3 off ebay.

 

If by some lucky chance your PS3 is at or below Firmware 3.55 - this should help:

 

http://psx-scene.com...y-steps-104025/

 

if not, look here:

http://psx-scene.com...grading-104398/


Edited by 78001987, Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:49 AM.


#85 MadZiontist OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:43 PM

Yeah, I've got one of those too. Besides requiring batteries, there was a thing or two I didn't like about it, but I'd have to refresh my memory.

I really wanted the wired version, but I have found very little evidence that it actually exists.

 

Same. I somehow (throughout multiple moves) still have it, and the receiver. I haven't tested it since I last used it over 5 years ago. My concern is the analog sticks being all funked up from the controller having been buried under stuff. But by appearance they don't look off. I'll have to test soon though. Those generation Logitechs are an expensive rarity now. I have a wireless Logitech for the PS2, and receiver still, as well. Too bad Ninty wouldn't allow it on the GameCube (WaveBird competition). Logitech knew most probably cared more about having "rumble", than all sorts of extra battery life. Rechargeable AAs and a charging cradle are a relatively inexpensive investment, that makes battery conservation practically a non-issue.

 

I'm pretty surprised that nobody is talking about the Nvidia Shield Android TV, besides me. It's the best emulation machine besides a PC...period. I tried *shrug*. Now they're barely to be found even on the Amazon Marketplace, and the few or so on there, are at least double MSRP, On a Sony-centric forum I used to moderate on, I tried letting the staff and forum members know that the Shield Portable was the baddest handheld emulation machine out there. People usually scoffed, mentioning it as being for streaming PC games and playing Android games with a controller. They were so wrong. I've never streamed a PC on it, and I use almost everyday.

 

Plus there are Android AAA games on there (I listed some) and they work great with a controller, and almost every app (especially never ones) allows you to get the virtual crap off the screen in the settings. Nvidia has a built in control pad mapper that works great. You can download other user's mappings, if they upload them. It's really easy to use once you get the hang of it, to create your own mappings. I have a 200GB microSD on top of the 16GB internal. I have my eyes on that 256GB Samsung mSD. It's just too pricey atm, for an extra 56GB @ $199. You can buy a 200GB SanDisk for $90 or so. Anyways, by the time some ppl I tried to help, actually researched it, Nvidia had pulled it from production...and many were very disappointed. You pretty much can't find a brand new one for under $500, unless you're very fortunate with chance on your side. I was fortunate to get one at MSRP ($199). Within a few months or so, it was out of production. So to conclude, my second vote also goes to the SATV.



#86 SuperDork3000 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:20 PM

Where is the best site to get updated Vision and CoinOps downloads? I use to frequent MegaUps but they are no more...



#87 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:39 PM

I did this long time ago on my dreamcast.  But I don't remember how I made the cd.







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