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8 hours ago, SeanR said:

Are you providing microUSB power?

 

I’ve got a few of these (Xbox, dc, and ps2), and some won’t work without the 5v juice


 

No it’s not got a 5v input - have one for my Xbox that has a connector but this is just plug and play apparently 

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Had a Dreamcast on and of through the years and was deciding whether to pick one up again modded with gdmenu.

 

thought I would check out how much emulation has come along first. 

 

Tried Redream lite version, Demul and flycast.

 

Redream was the most impressive as a all-in-one package, but failed due to the highly aggressive bilinear filtering that blurred everything out at near distance. Running Daytona 3 7 speedway is prime example.

 

Demul, was not impressed, pain to set up, tons of performance issues. Skip!

 

Flycast, very customisable, internal upscaling, well optimized. Best of the bunch imo.

 

But the main problem I had through all the testing, even though the emulators were reporting 60fps, nothing felt smooth when playing. V sync on or of, did not matter.  All the tinkering in the world do not alter this fact. What I put it down to in the end, is these emulators do not play well with freesync/Gsync monitors.

 

Thought I would throw a last roll of the dice and try Retroarch with flycast plugin as I read Retroarch supports freesync/Gsync and syncs monitor at exact output of emulator.

 

OMG, everything is buttery smooth now and with all the video config settings, can get all games looking far better on modern day TVs than my original Dreamcast could over VGA. Even upscaling to 2k internal resolution and 16x anisotropic filtering, runs flawlessly. 

 

Then the ace in the hole was going back online with PSO V2 last night after 20 years with minimal amount of effort. Might not of been anyone on the servers, but still Ace playing PSO online once again.

 

Then had a look how you go about going online with Dreamcast hardware. Broadband adapter is silly money or dreampi, way to much hassle, outlay and effort.

 

After being a huge Dreamcast fan over the years and original hardware is king pov. Emulation is at a point where it plays a high percentage of games flawlessly and looks so much better on modern day displays than Dreamcast ever can. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Hodge said:

Had a Dreamcast on and of through the years and was deciding whether to pick one up again modded with gdmenu.

 

thought I would check out how much emulation has come along first. 

 

Tried Redream lite version, Demul and flycast.

 

Redream was the most impressive as a all-in-one package, but failed due to the highly aggressive bilinear filtering that blurred everything out at near distance. Running Daytona 3 7 speedway is prime example.

 

Demul, was not impressed, pain to set up, tons of performance issues. Skip!

 

Flycast, very customisable, internal upscaling, well optimized. Best of the bunch imo.

 

But the main problem I had through all the testing, even though the emulators were reporting 60fps, nothing felt smooth when playing. V sync on or of, did not matter.  All the tinkering in the world do not alter this fact. What I put it down to in the end, is these emulators do not play well with freesync/Gsync monitors.

 

Thought I would throw a last roll of the dice and try Retroarch with flycast plugin as I read Retroarch supports freesync/Gsync and syncs monitor at exact output of emulator.

 

OMG, everything is buttery smooth now and with all the video config settings, can get all games looking far better on modern day TVs than my original Dreamcast could over VGA. Even upscaling to 2k internal resolution and 16x anisotropic filtering, runs flawlessly. 

 

Then the ace in the hole was going back online with PSO V2 last night after 20 years with minimal amount of effort. Might not of been anyone on the servers, but still Ace playing PSO online once again.

 

Then had a look how you go about going online with Dreamcast hardware. Broadband adapter is silly money or dreampi, way to much hassle, outlay and effort.

 

After being a huge Dreamcast fan over the years and original hardware is king pov. Emulation is at a point where it plays a high percentage of games flawlessly and looks so much better on modern day displays than Dreamcast ever can. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have used redream for a while and its great for a quick setup and go but I will give Flycast via Retroarch a go.  Can you play PSO via Retroach?  I never played it but loved the old PS games. 

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4 hours ago, Parappa said:

I have used redream for a while and its great for a quick setup and go but I will give Flycast via Retroarch a go.  Can you play PSO via Retroach?  I never played it but loved the old PS games. 

Indeed you can. You need the modded psolive iso that allows access to private servers. Not hard to search the archives of the internet for it. Then it's just a case of booting the iso, typing in the serial and access code for PSO v2 which is easily available. Select the ISP connection that's already been setup via flycast.  If that don't work, boot quake 3 and create a connection that way. Quick YouTube search will show you step by step. Takes less than 5 minutes. You can also get access to DL quest challenges to.

 

Weird seeing original DC PSO back online after all these years 😀

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2 hours ago, Hodge said:

Indeed you can. You need the modded psolive iso that allows access to private servers. Not hard to search the archives of the internet for it. Then it's just a case of booting the iso, typing in the serial and access code for PSO v2 which is easily available. Select the ISP connection that's already been setup via flycast.  If that don't work, boot quake 3 and create a connection that way. Quick YouTube search will show you step by step. Takes less than 5 minutes. You can also get access to DL quest challenges to.

 

Weird seeing original DC PSO back online after all these years 😀

That's this weekend sorted cheers!

 

Had a quick spin with flycast earlier and it's bloody great.

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2 hours ago, Parappa said:

That's this weekend sorted cheers!

 

Had a quick spin with flycast earlier and it's bloody great.

Yeah the more Dreamcast library i try out, the more i love this emulator.  Another tip is to put alpha sorting to - per pixel if your rig can handle it as it sorts the odd texture glitching out like on daytona hornet car for example. Also maximum transparent layers to 32 aswell. Another game i tried thats a huge improvement is msr, upsampling to 2k really helps sort out the fine detail from the railing and other trackside detail.

 

The only game i found upto yet, that runs like garbage is sega rally 2.  Then again the frame rate was all over the place on the dreamcast version aswell.  Saying that supermodel is my goto for my Sega rally 2 fix anyway, which wipes the floor with the the dreamcast version by a mile.

 

Had a quick bash on F355 challenge aswell. Again flawless upped to 2k and has aged really well.

 

Great getting back into the Dreamcast catalogue for my quick Arcade fix.  Wouldn`t mind getting back into PSO again after not really feeling New Genesis.

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Cheers for those tips I totally forgot about 355 so will give that a spin and try and sort out the wheel with it.

 

Sega rally 2 running at all is impressive as I don't think redream supports any games based on the Windows platform they used.

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New issue of SEGA powered is out and comes with the first Dreamcast demo disk in two decades. 
 

For any Dreamcast owner who hasn’t played Shadow Gangs, Intrepid Izzy or Flea you’re in for a treat. All three are essentials imo. Driving Strikers is shaping up nicely too. 

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On 05/08/2022 at 07:43, Hodge said:

Had a Dreamcast on and of through the years and was deciding whether to pick one up again modded with gdmenu.

 

thought I would check out how much emulation has come along first. 

 

Tried Redream lite version, Demul and flycast.

 

Redream was the most impressive as a all-in-one package, but failed due to the highly aggressive bilinear filtering that blurred everything out at near distance. Running Daytona 3 7 speedway is prime example.

 

Demul, was not impressed, pain to set up, tons of performance issues. Skip!

 

Flycast, very customisable, internal upscaling, well optimized. Best of the bunch imo.

 

But the main problem I had through all the testing, even though the emulators were reporting 60fps, nothing felt smooth when playing. V sync on or of, did not matter.  All the tinkering in the world do not alter this fact. What I put it down to in the end, is these emulators do not play well with freesync/Gsync monitors.

 

Thought I would throw a last roll of the dice and try Retroarch with flycast plugin as I read Retroarch supports freesync/Gsync and syncs monitor at exact output of emulator.

 

OMG, everything is buttery smooth now and with all the video config settings, can get all games looking far better on modern day TVs than my original Dreamcast could over VGA. Even upscaling to 2k internal resolution and 16x anisotropic filtering, runs flawlessly. 

 

Then the ace in the hole was going back online with PSO V2 last night after 20 years with minimal amount of effort. Might not of been anyone on the servers, but still Ace playing PSO online once again.

 

Then had a look how you go about going online with Dreamcast hardware. Broadband adapter is silly money or dreampi, way to much hassle, outlay and effort.

 

After being a huge Dreamcast fan over the years and original hardware is king pov. Emulation is at a point where it plays a high percentage of games flawlessly and looks so much better on modern day displays than Dreamcast ever can. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For N64, PS1 and the Dreamcast, I'm finding emulation is the easier option. Higher resolutions etc plus fewer cables lying around! Though there's always the nagging suspicion the game isn't running quite right.

As an aside, I paid for an RGB mid for my NTSC N64 so I could play through an ossc. I shouldn't have bothered. It looks dreadful. Though playing 1080 I'm convinced is quite a bit more responsive on real hardware.

 

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Psone and n64 on emulation sounds fine, but with Dreamcast you’ll be missing the *Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppp* on every start up and the disc drive scratching its way around the disc. Especially handy during skies of Arcadia as you know a random battle is about to appear.

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11 hours ago, Ketchup said:

Psone and n64 on emulation sounds fine, but with Dreamcast you’ll be missing the *Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppp* on every start up and the disc drive scratching its way around the disc. Especially handy during skies of Arcadia as you know a random battle is about to appear.

Ha! Good point, they need to add that to the emulators

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