3DO emulators

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3DO Interactive Multiplayer
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Developer The 3DO Company
Type Home video game console
Generation Fifth generation
Release date 1993
Discontinued 1996
Successor Konami M2

Panasonic M2

Emulated

The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer is a 32-bit, fifth-generation home video game console released by The 3DO Company on October 4, 1993, with an initial MSRP of $699.99. It has an ARM60 RISC CPU clocked @ 12.5 MHz, with two accelerated video co-processors, "Madam" and "Clio", clocked @ 25 MHz.

The system was discontinued in late 1996, as it proved uncompetitive in the fifth-generation market.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Phoenix Windows Linux macOS 2.8.JAG
4DO / Opera Windows
Linux macOS FreeBSD [N 1]
1.3.2.4
git
[N 2]
3d'oh Linux SVN
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.248
FreeDO Windows macOS 1.9 beta
Mobile / ARM
Real3DOPlayer Android 1.0.32
  1. Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).
  2. Libretro core only.

Comparison[edit]

Phoenix
A closed-source project by a long time FreeDO contributor. It is the most compatible 3DO emulator (claiming "100%?!" compatibility). The PC versions are completely in Russian (you can download an English translation patch here). Most of the settings are translated in this picture.
4DO / Opera
4DO is a fork of the FreeDO emulation project, only available for Windows and no longer active, with the website being shut down[1]. It offers features such as CPU overclocking by up to 400% of the original clock speed, making low frame rate titles (e.g. Doctor Hauzer) much more playable. Additionally, it's possible to force games to run in a higher internal resolution (up to 2x). Severe audio glitches are very common no matter what settings are used. A libretro port named Opera is still in active development, with many of the same features, however overclocking only allows up to 200% (unlike 4DO's 400%)[2].
3d'oh!
Based on the FreeDO emulator. Seems to have lower compatibility, however most of the more popular 3DO titles are compatible. It's a source-only release, so it has to be compiled.
MAME
Has seven preliminary 3do drivers (One for NTSC models, one for PAL models and five related to American Laser Games). Commercial games do not load in the drivers yet (As it is reported as not working and the sound as unimplemented).[3]
FreeDO
An older abandoned emulator that never left beta. Paved the way for preliminary 3DO emulation development while spawning 4DO and Phoenix. Was open source at one point but became closed due to fear of legal issues[4].
Real3DOPlayer
The Phoenix emulation project is released as separate emulators for Android, this is the 3DO version. Identical compatibility to PC version according to the author. Requires 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM or better for full speed.

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