[v0.12] SSF – One of the best Sega Saturn emulators for Windows

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Sega Saturn (SS for short) is Sega’s sixth generation of home video game console (32-bit), hence, they named it with the name of the sixth planet ‘Saturn‘ in Solar System. At that time, the most headache thing for game designers is SS’s enormously complex hardware architecture, which indirectly led to failure in the market competition with Sony’s PlayStation (PSone) at the same time.

SSF is the first emulator (developed by Shima from Japan) that can successfully run Sega Saturn official games. It’s a long history of development, also is the best, maturest and most popular SS emulator at present. Its early development is slow, but in the wake of continuous renewal by its author Shima in recent years, games that SSF can emulate are also relatively increasing. Its graphics, sound effects and running speed are all very normal. For example: a computer with Intel CPU produced after 2010 can run SSF at full speed without frames lost. And one especially important thing is – the graphics emulation is totally original.

Although SSF does not support any graphics filters (i.e.: screen optimization), it has already made many Sega Saturn fan players excited. And now, SSF has been so perfect that it can run many classic, great game works like “Dragon Force II”, “Shining Force III“, “Tengai Maky?: Daiyon no Mokushiroku“, “Princess Crown” on SS platform.

BTW, this emulator needs your CPU support SSE2 instructions (don’t worry about this, almost all of the new computer support it). Otherwise, you’ll have to complain your PC doesn’t have fate with SSF. Because the only solution is to change the CPU.

// Key Features //

  • BIOS file not required, but may improve compatibility in certain cases
  • All regions (PAL & NTSC) emulated
  • Backup memory emulated
  • Savestates supported
  • Joystick support
  • Can dump screenshots in BMP format, and audio in WAV format
  • Unoptimized PAL games can be made run at the speed of their NTSC counterpart by setting the “Emulation Speed” lever to 1.20, often without unwanted acceleration of music and sound playback.

// Simple Tutorial //

  1. First of all, you must use DAEMON Tools (or other virtual drive) to mount a game CD image file, e.g.: ‘xxx.ccd’, ‘xxx.mdf’
  2. Start ‘SSF.exe’ to play (SSFa.exe has better compatibility)
  3. That’s all, enjoy!

*** Without the first step, SSF will exit abruptly.

// System Requirements //

// Prompts //

  • Older versions of SSF emulator will detect the physical or virtual drive and report an error if the drive does not exist.
  • SSF isn’t compatible with WinCDEmu or MagicDisc.

// Related Links //

// Download URLs //

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v0.12 Beta R4 reserved 545 KB
v0.12 Beta R5 570 KB
Test Version reserved 715 KB

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