NTSC vs. PAL
6 years ago
Georgia, USA

I will be collecting information I'm gathering while testing the differences between the formats here. As some of you may know, the in-game times will differ greatly between the versions.

  • NTSC timer runs at ~98.87% speed vs. real-time
  • PAL timer runs at ~83.42% speed vs. real-time

PAL not only has a timer that runs significantly slower than real time (giving a lower IGT than the run's real-time length), it actually also has higher top un-boosted and boosted speeds. This causes a major difference in times between the versions, with PAL both running faster and giving lower IGT readings than real-time.

As far as I can tell, it simply isn't possible to fairly compare times from the two versions - even if you were to do some kind of conversion.

Edited by the author 9 months ago
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Georgia, USA

JimB likes this
Georgia, USA

This isn't useful for direct comparison, but timer conversion process from NTSC to PAL is to multiply by ~0.8437 or ~84.73%. PAL to NTSC should multiply by ~1.1852 or ~118.52%.

Edited by the author 6 years ago