SEGA Saturn

SEGA Saturn Emulators

About the SEGA Saturn

The Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn is the 5th generation console developed and sold by Sega. It was released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North American and July 8, 1995 in Europe. It is the successor the successful Sega Genesis.

The North American launch was a surprise launch that caught many of the retailers by surprise as only a few retailers had been told about this. As a result few retailers refused to stock any of Sega’s products. The console boasted a dual-CPU setup with a total of eight processors. The games also were in a CD-ROM format.

The Saturn’s game library consisted mostly of the Arcade ports that included games such as Daytona USA, Last Bronx, Die Hard Arcade and many more. In 1998 surprisingly the system had more games than its competitor the Nintendo 64. The Saturn faced many problems in the American marketplace after selling well in Japan. The console was released 4 months prior and faced very shaky sales and to top it off the release of the Nintendo 64 in 1996 basically was the final nail in the coffin, with the SEGA Saturn being discontinued in 1998. The Sega Saturn sold a total of only 9.5 million units worldwide and was considered a commercial failure.

As there was a decline in the industry the failure of the Sega Saturn put a lot of financial strain onto the company. This caused departures within the company and for the discontinuation of the system leaving the Western Market without any Sega games for over a year.

SEGA Saturn Emulators

Yabause    – Yabause is one of the longest running emulation projects for the highly complicated SEGA Saturn. While it may not be the most compatible, Yabause boasts an impressive amount of platform support coupled with the ability to render SEGA Saturn graphics in HD.

SSF  – SSF is the best available SEGA Saturn emulator for Windows. It manages to emulate the vast majority of the SEGA Saturn, managing to run the vast majority of the games that other emulators have struggled with.

Satourne  – Satourne was one of the early SEGA Saturn Emulators and one of the most promising to appear as it actually showed promise of being able to emulate commercial SEGA Saturn games, which at that point in time was a big deal as the SEGA Saturn was notoriously difficult to emulate. It has been superseded by emulators like SSF.

SEGA Saturn Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: Two Hitachi SuperH2 7604 RISC (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 28.6 MHZ
  • Main Memory: 1 MB (8 Megabits) SDRAM
    1 MB (8 Megabits) DRAM

Video Specifications

  • Processor: VDP1 (32-bit) Video Display Processor
  • VDP1 Video RAM (VRAM): 512K (4 Megabits)
  • VDP1 Framebuffer RAM: 256Kx2 (2x2 Megabits)
  • Co-Processor: VDP2 (32-bit) background and scroll plane video display processor
  • VDP2 Video RAM (VRAM): 512K (4 Megabits)
  • VDP2 color RAM: 4K
  • Resolutions: 352 x 240, 640 x 240, 704 x 480

Audio Specifications

  • Processor: SCSP Digital Signal Processor
  • Processor Speed: 92.6 MHz
  • Co-Processor: Motorola 68EC000 sound processor
  • Co-Processor Speed: 81.3 MHz
  • Audio RAM: 512KB (4 Megabits)
  • Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) channels: 32
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) Channels: 85
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 KHz