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Good vectrex emulation - how?

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#1 mndn OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:54 AM

I have finally played around with my Raspberry PI Model 1 (I've had it for 3 years). One of the first things to test was RetroPie. So far it all works fine.

Now I am wondering: HOW can I get a decent vectrex emulation? I have tried the (libretto?) vectrex emulator that is included. I think this is nothing like the real thing: The graphics are blocky and not vector-like, the vector lines are very thick. Also the sound is just awful!!

Is there any way to get a decent emulation on retropie or with raspberry, or maybe with another small-board PC?
Will the emulator run any better with a raspberry Model 2 oder 3?

Thanks for any advice!


#2 Flojomojo OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:20 AM

Pi3 is a lot faster. I haven't messed with the vectrex emulator much because it doesn't look right on a horizontal monitor, but I think the libretro setup should be adequate if you adjust the settings.

#3 R.Cade OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:02 AM

It's not possible to make it anything close to the real thing without an XY monitor. Without that you are just playing the games themselves, which aren't that great outside the real thing. :)

Edited by R.Cade, Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:03 AM.

#4 mr_me OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:07 AM

You can try the mame/mess emulator.  The Windows version of mame Vectrex doesn't look that good either; it's not bad and I'm not sure how it compares to libretro-vecx in retropie.  


I also have the ParaJVE vectrex emulator and it looks very good on my led monitor.  It has this glow/persistence effect and settings to control it.  ParaJVE is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  I expect the Linux version is x86 only.

Edited by mr_me, Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:07 AM.

#5 mckafka99 OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:13 PM

In general, of all the available Vectrex Emulators I have seen/tried, an iCade cabinet + Vectrex Regeneration app on an iPad hits the mark really well.

#6 Vectrexer OFFLINE  



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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:34 PM

Depending on what you are doing



Vectrex Regeneration

Write your own / Build your own.

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