Taito Type X and variants

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Type X
Type X board without a cabinet
Developer Taito
Type Arcade system board
Release date 2003
Predecessor Wolf

The Taito Type X is an arcade system board designed and released by Taito in 2004. Based on standard PC hardware, Type X differs from specifications for a single set of hardware; it's a modular platform supporting multiple hardware configurations with different levels of graphical capability.

Games that use the Type X platform are compiled for Windows Embedded, so running them in a standard Windows installation is trivially easy. Other operating systems would require Wine, but it's unknown how well it works.


Games need a launcher to work. For saving scores, you'll need to use save fixes on a per-game basis, 'Loaders Pack' has fixes for many games. Also, some shmup games for the original Type X need an extra fix.

There's more info about tools and games here.

Compatibility Layers

TeknoParrot offers an out-of-the-box solution for running Windows-based arcade games. Currently supports some games for Taito Type X, X⁺, X², X³ and X⁴.

Jconfig offers support for some Taito Type X, X⁺, X², X³ and X⁴ games, while support for each game is distributed separately.

idMacX offers support for Taito NesicaxLive games.


Name Operating System(s)
Type X / Type X⁺ Windows XP Embedded
Type X7 Windows XP Embedded
Type X² Windows XP Embedded
Type Xᶻᵉʳᵒ Windows Embedded Standard 7
Type X³ Windows Embedded Standard 7 64bit
Type X⁴ Windows Embedded Standard 7 64bit / Windows Embedded 8 Standard / Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC


Type X

The Taito Type X had a Intel Celeron at 2.5 GHz with 256MB of RAM with the supported GPU being ATI Radeon 9600 SE 128 MB, 9600 XT 128MB, and X700 PRO 256MB GPUs.

Type X⁺

The Taito Type X⁺ just had a more powerful graphics board.

Type X7

The Taito Type X7 had an Intel Celeron M at 600 MHz with 512MiB of RAM. It had an ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 with 128MB of VRAM.

Type X²

The Taito Type X² had an Intel LGA 775 CPU with other supported CPU being the Celeron D 352, Pentium 4 651, and Intel Core 2 Duo E6400. The RAM could either be 512 MB, 1 GB, or 4 GB. The GPUs that were supported were the PCI Express ×16-based graphics, ATI Radeon x1600Pro, x1300LE, nVidia GeForce 7900GS, 7600GS, and 7300GS.

Type X² Satellite Terminal

The Taito Type X² Satellite Terminal was just a Type X² but with network multiplayer.

Type Xᶻᵉʳᵒ

The Taito Type Xᶻᵉʳᵒ had an Intel Atom 230 at 1.6 GHz with 1GB of RAM and a nVidia GeForce 9400M GPU.

Type X³

The Taito Type X³ had an Intel Core i5 2400 with other supported CPUs being the Intel Core i3/2120 and Core i7/2600. 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB, and an AMD Radeon HD 6770 GPU which could also be changed out for a nVidia GeForce GTX560Ti.

Type X⁴

Taito Type X⁴ has few different variations. Most of the Type X⁴ boards (500A) are equipped with Intel Core i5-4590 processor, 4GB of RAM, and nVidia GeForce GTX 960, but some games could have their own variations, for example, Densha De Go !! comes with nVidia GTX1080 (502A)/RTX2070 (504A), while Groove Coaster 4C comes with Intel Pentium G4400 and just Intel HD Graphics (601A).