Haven't checked into the Photo Booth section for a while. Thats a nice FZ-10 3DO. I have one just the same which i bought brand new many years ago. Mine is the American model. Is yours American or did the UK version have the same box?? I also have the JAP version. The box is the same except for the colors. I also have the rare Video CD card add on for it, not that i watch a lot of VCD's these days , but its good to have for bragging rights i guess
I have the FZ-1 model (a japan console that also outputs SVHS , there are no region locks in any 3DO so it is OK for PAL games) but I cannot say I am impressed... many games have so low framerate that I just cannot stand... :shrug:
as you see it is a heavy piece of machine , great looks IMHO
Dont waste your time with the Goldstar model. If you want one with the tray that opens, get the Panasonic FZ-1. I have had 3 Goldstar models (i have kept one, but just for the collection) with the tray that opens and all have had problems. Of the 3 Goldstar models i have had, all of them suffered from weak lasers. They may be ok to load original discs that are in near perfect condition, but if i tried loading a CDR in them, a majority of the games would not load. One of them had a stuffed tray. It would not close, and had to stay open in order for a game to load. If you closed the tray, the cd would stop spinning. And the other Goldstar i had would loose sound from the left channel when the unit got warm. I remember i was going to get one of the chips inside that was causing the problem replaced, but in the end i sold it. I remember when i first got online about 11 years ago, there was talk even then about how crappy the Golstar was.
I feel your pain with the slow framerate. Who has played Doom on the 3DO? I remember there was a big commotion going on about Doom being released for the 3DO, and how shit hot it would be speed wise. This game is utter shit. The framerate and constant slow downs from loading during play are torture. A majority of games released provided plenty of eye candy for its time, but the framerate suffered dearly for it. About it not being region locked, yes its true but some PAL games had issues running on NTSC machines. I cant remember if it was timing issues, or the screen being too stretched out??
Yes the US version also has s-video and composite out as well as RF. This was pretty much standard on the FZ-10 what ever region the console was released for. Have you got Wolfenstein 3D? I love this game. I rememer there was a time i was gonna sell my 3DO because of the lack of good titles until Wolfenstein 3D came along. It really made the Super Nintendo version, (the PC version too come to think about it) look like crap.
Enjoy your 3DO.