Originally Posted by subassy
Outside of that short period of learning Killer Instinct
I'm not really into fighters. Right now at least I'm not that into RPGs because I can't really afford a time sink. So my preference would probably be a very vague "action" genre. Maybe arcade racer as well (all I mean by "arcade" is "not a simulator" like forza/. Doesn't need to literally be a port of a sega arcade game). Something I can play for no more than an hour and it's not so complex I have to re-learn a bunch of stuff from scratch if I don't come back for 6 months. And I had no idea there were good RPGs for Saturn. I thought most all of them were for PS1 from that time period. Unless you're talking Japanese imports. I might mention I never bought a memory card for the saturn so that might be an issue. It's really hard for me to get excited about the Saturn. I do love the original larger game pads. Those shoulder buttons are awesome. I do have fond memories of Sega Rally. I would use the should buttons to shift up/shift down in races. Actually it seems like the port of command and conquer was incredibly good for Saturn too.
There some good, actually outstanding exclusive RPGs for the Saturn.
Dragon Force, which is a Shining Force style strategy RPG, is absolutely phenomenal if you like the genre. There's really nothing else like it. @jetpak12
can probably attest to this. It's sort of a cross between Shining Force and Ogre Battle but even that doesn't explain it. Go watch a video.
There's also Albert Odyssey, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Shining Force III (3 scenarios! All three have been translated into English now!), Shining the Holy Ark, Legend of Oasis, and Shining Wisdom (Zelda clone)...none of these are on competing systems to my knowledge and they're all great. (In English, too.)
The Lunar remakes, and the first Grandia were Saturn exclusives at first (Import only), but were later ported to the Playstation.
As far as action games go, try Die Hard Arcade, Daytona USA, Virtua Cop series, Dodonpachi port, Virtual On, Radiant Silvergun, Burning Rangers, Panzer Dragoon 1&2, Cotton 2 (import), Galactic Attack, and Guardian Heroes...
I was actually going to take that large Saturn gamepad apart and convert it to a USB game pad. Or a wireless PC game pad. It would be a fun project. Sacrilege, I'm sure. But it is just collecting dust. I'm going to practice as an old third party wireless xbox game pad first. Then if that works try the Saturn one. I don't have a time frame for attempting to do this.
Sounds good. Fun project. For most games on Saturn, the regular controller is better anyway. It was just a gimmick for Nights.
And I know PSP can emulate a lot of other systems. It was just SNES I was mostly interested in. The homebrew...firmware, whatever, that came with unlocking the PSP allows me to "over clock" to some higher speed on the CPU. It eats battery and doesn't seem to help that much. I just liked the idea of going back to playLink to the Past and Super Metroid but I obviously won't be doing it on a PSP. Haven't touched it for a while anyway.
Well, again, back in the day, emulators were slow + choppy. It's not a big deal to me. They run at probably 80% speed, if not more. Link to the Past and Super Metroid aren't exactly frantic games anyway. It's not like you're playing an overhead shooter and dying because it's choppy. The "overclocking" thing is basically B/S, most PSP games run at 333mhz anyway, and that's the highest you can set it in an emulator, and it's max specified clock speed. Overclocking it would actually be setting it higher than 333mhz.
I actually have a soft-modded Wii. That's the best place I can do all the old games i think. It has the advantages of also playing Wii and GameCube games.
As do I, but the experience of emulation is better on an Xbox. See below.
There's really not any reason (at least for me in particular) for me to use an original xbox for emulation purposes. I take home my work's e-waste all the time. The XBox is literally a 15 year old PC so even if we're talking 2010 anything I can find will be better than that hardware wise. And it won't require a stupid xbox<-->female usb connector cable either (apparently required for homebrew convert process). The reason modding an xbox was such a big thing in 2003 or so is because it was effectively a gaming PC and much cheaper than you could otherwise get in 2003. Now that it's so many years later than benefit is gone. Only reason I really have to homebrew my xbox is to replace the hard drive (which I assume will die since it's 15 years old) and put the games on the hard drive. Which is easier than trying to emulate an xbox I think should hope. If I can't get the PS2 modded I'll probably try a PS1 emulator on it. Again, games I own so I don't have to worry about scratch discs or whatever. Would be so much easier to use the PS2 for PS1 though. No need for emulation that way, just right there in the hardware.
I actually a very-small-slimline PC I'm going to try and use as an HTPC maybe with either SteamOS or that "Kodi" OS. It's 3+ years old but will do everything that xbox can do but a lot better. And it has USB ports, how convenient. Only VGA and display port for video though so...I may have to buy another adapter. Or just use VGA.
I hate to say it, but, you really don't know what you're talking about, since you haven't used a modded xbox.
The benefit to a modded Xbox is that the emulators all have the same skin, it looks like this:
Moreover, the skins support displaying box art, screenshots and video previews in the game browser, like in the screenshot.
Additionally, the xbox can do up to 1080i for emulators through component. I use mine at 720p on my 50" and it looks great.
The Pentium III 700mhz in the xbox is more than enough to do every classic console, as well as some 3D consoles, full speed. On top of that, it can emulate arcades- MAME as well as NFBA (Neo Geo/CPS1/CPS2) run on it, and support most arcade games up through 2002.
The other huge thing is that it has wired controllers with long cords.
In every way, it's the perfect emulation machine with a uniform interface across emulators.
On top of all that, it can stream online content through NaviX, and play video over a Homegroup network.
The downside is that it takes a lot of effort to set it all up. The box art and videos in particular are some hefty downloads, and you also have to upgrade the hard drive in it for space for them. It also has to be wired, because the xbox doesn't have Wifi. It also can only play video files that are 480p (though it will upscale them very nicely) unless you upgrade the RAM. (But I use a Chromecast to stream HD video anyway and it cost $35.)
I've softmodded my PS2, PSP, Wii and Xbox and out of all of them, the xbox was definitely the best investment of my time.
I tried putting Linux on a fat PS3 when I had one, and put emulators on it- it sucked. If you think the PSP is slow at SNES you should see a PS3 running Linux. Also, just getting the wireless controllers to work through bluetooth was next to impossible. I can't imagine getting as good of an experience as the xbox with a Raspberry Pi or something just because of the Linux support (Even in Ubuntu) of wireless bluetooth controllers. Also, I doubt there's any frontends for the emulators, or uniform skins for the individual emulators that are as nice and coherent on any other platform.
Also, that Kodi you mention.... Kodi IS
XBMC. XBMC is what I use on my Xbox. XB
enter. They changed the name to Kodi because they no longer develop for the original Xbox. But yeah...what you want is basically what I have on my Xbox, except on an HTPC (especially running Linux) the emulators will be worse.