Dirt Trax FX Forum  /  Dirt Trax FX Attract Mode tests
  KrayzarKrayzar

Hello there!

I'm the mod on another Super FX game called Vortex and was running some specific emulation tests and attract mode tests for it. Attract Mode tests consist of running a few common emulators and methods of play and comparing them by syncing up a portion of the title screen and allowing them to run over the course of an hour.

For those that don't know, "Attract Mode" is a piece of the title that shows gameplay or impressive elements of the game to "attract" folks. Commonly it was used to entice folks to play arcade games, but most early console games and SNES games have them too.

For kicks, I decided to run the same Attract Mode tests with the rest of the Super FX games I have access to. One of them is Dirt Trax FX.

Here's the raw footage:

Basically I'm seeing how far out of sync the different options are after an hour.

Keep in mind, while the attract mode tests are a good ballpark as to what might be accurate, there's a lot of other factors too. It might give folks an idea for other emulation options to put through paces and eventually allow though.

Based on the video, it appears there's:

Significant issues with emulation on Mesen and No$sns - game crashes after 10+ minutes.

SNES 9x is 40 to 50 seconds ahead of hardware, giving it a very large statistical advantage in even the shorter runs.

Kindred seems to run a very slight bit faster, while most emulation runs slightly slower than hardware (BSNES, Bizhawk - BSNES, Mednafen).

Super NT, Hardware, and SD2SNES are so similar after an hour that the differences are statistically insignificant.

I'll hopefully be testing some other emulation methods at a later date as well.

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