The Sharp x68000 Pro

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  1. flu!d

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    I thought the Amiga was well ahead of it's time in the 80s, the Sharp x68000 Pro with it's own custom chipset and 1280x1024 resolution (?!) smashed it - No wonder the Amiga never took off in Japan.

    Just look at those arcade ports, absolutely breathtaking.

    Now, how do I get one that's not asking some ridiculous price.

     
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    The machine was basically a kick arse arcade system in a box (exactly the same chip found in Capcom's CPS1 and CPS2 hardware).

    On top of that, you could use PC-style midi hardware, which meant VERY interesting things when you hooked up a Roland MT-32 to a system that had near-perfect arcade ports of some amazing games. Suddenly a whole depth to soundtracks that were already really cool opened up.

    I checked out a few places selling them in Japan when I was there in March, and the asking prices were insane.

    Fascinating bit of hardware that could have been a game changer in the west if it made it out here.







     
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    I'm with you Elvis, I find such machine's terribly fascinating. It's a shame they're so expensive and rare outside of Japan as I'd personally really like to explore the workings of such an interesting piece of computing history.

    I heard that Capcom actually used to use such devices to develop their arcade titles.
     
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    Always knew about the machine but didn’t know it outperformed even the Amiga, what an amazing piece of technology
     
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    Makes total sense. Similarly, many European Megadrive games were developed on Amiga due to having an almost identical main CPU.
     
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    flu!d thanks for making this thread i went down a rabbit hole looking at what i could find out about this thing. It cost about $3000 USD (when converted from yen) when it was released so back then in 1987 that was a LOT of moneys. It was actually the system that capcom game devs used to develop many of the CPS games which explains why it had perfect street fighter ports (because it wasn't really a port!).

    One of the better informative videos on it is here

     
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    Bloody awesome, never heard of it before. Just one of the great things about this group. Lush little desktop that. ;)
     
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    Not a problem my friend. Like yourself I find machines like this fascinating, evidence that the late 80s/90s wasn't as backwards technologically as many would assume.
     
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    retro man cave had another sharp video

     
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    Saw one in my recent travels to Japan for a squillionty dollars. Definite "if I won the lotto" purchase for me.
     
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    Great machines although i'm quite happy to emulate them. 15, 24, 31khz modes are available depending on the game. I guess these are why NEC kept producing multisyncs for so long.
     
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    Wasn't the decision to not bring it abroad because they didn't think they'd sell any for the 6.7 quintillion billion trillion dollars they cost to make?
     
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    I don't ever underestimate how little Japanese software and hardware developers of the 80s and 90s have a crap about anything outside of Japan.
     
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    There's a non operational one on egay, 400 bucks plus shipping.. :/
     
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    i looked and couldn't find it?

    http://egay.com/
     
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    Agreed mate, what a deuce for selling broken stuff at those prices. :thumbdn:
     

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