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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

by stickem Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:18 am

I've never went back to a game on my 3do that required saving lol. Now you got me wondering about that. The saturn battery runs the internal clock is why that dies. I don't think the 3do uses a clock so maybe it lasts like a cart, 30 plus years in a closet.
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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

by nightrnr Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:46 am

Yes, the PlayStation had it better all things considered... they saw the bigger picture.
I just like how you had an option to save right out of the box with Saturn (and Sega CD and 3DO). It's a nice feature for casual play.

My 3DO still has a bunch of saves from the last owner, so it must last a while. Seems to be fairly large as well (although mine is pretty full, I need to clear them out sometime. It will be a pain when I finally have to replace the battery; you have to dismantle the system quite a bit. I really should have thrown a new on in when I put my USB drive in my Goldstar.
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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

by Jagosaurus Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:59 am

Yeah, that's true. At launch, this would've been nice to not have to invest in another device. The PS1 memory cards weren't cheap ($30?). I remember not being able to save in Tomb Raider at a buddy's :lol:.

My save battery died in my Sega CD. I had to buy a mem cart. Again, not all games supported saving to it. I had to save to internal batt, press reset (not powering down kept save live), move save to cart. Do reverse when I started system up next time. Not sure how I even came up with that work around but it did the trick :lol: . At least they made the SS batt easily accessible & removable!

So nightrnr, you can confirm the 3DO uses a battery versus some capacitor driven or SRAM setup?

I knew I saw this at some point. There was a save memory expansion made for the 3DO.
FZ-EM256 3DO Memory Expansion Unit
The Panasonic FZ-EM256 is a 256 KB Expandable Memory Unit that plugs into the 3DO Expansion bay on the back of the console. Released in 1994 and sold in Japan only, but is compatible with all models. It came with a Storage Manager start-up disc that is required to use the unit.

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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

by stickem Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:20 am

nightrnr wrote:Yes, the PlayStation had it better all things considered... they saw the bigger picture.
I just like how you had an option to save right out of the box with Saturn (and Sega CD and 3DO). It's a nice feature for casual play.

My 3DO still has a bunch of saves from the last owner, so it must last a while. Seems to be fairly large as well (although mine is pretty full, I need to clear them out sometime. It will be a pain when I finally have to replace the battery; you have to dismantle the system quite a bit. I really should have thrown a new on in when I put my USB drive in my Goldstar.


Refresh my memory, what is the usb dongle mod for? It's been a minute since I did anything with mine or researched anything.
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Re: Its now possible to play backups by flashing Saturn Cart

by Jagosaurus Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:07 am

It's an ODE replacing the disc drive & allows digital loading of games.
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