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    Neo carts and enhancement chips?

    Could Neo games have been able to make use of extra enhancement chips on the game's PCB like the SNES?

    A 3D chip or just something to boost stock hardware performance would have been interesting to see.

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    Sure they could have done this stuff. A cart with RAM for tile data would have allowed them to do some tile (sprite) rotation, and casting or a number of other tricks. They could have even offloaded some 3D calculations to a CPU on the cart board to handle this process. It would only be limited to what the developers could come up with.

    One of the features on the first gen motherboards (at least AES anyways) was the audio pass through on the cartridge port. This would have been great to have on all motherboards. We could then use custom audio hardware from the cartridge to do things like audio streaming (mp3 game tracks), sound mixing, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKurtz View Post
    One of the features on the first gen motherboards (at least AES anyways) was the audio pass through on the cartridge port. This would have been great to have on all motherboards. We could then use custom audio hardware from the cartridge to do things like audio streaming (mp3 game tracks), sound mixing, etc...
    That's exactly what WaterMelon are doing with Paprium. It's a neat idea, but the Neo can produce nice sound on its own, unless you really need that crystal clear PCM that lasts for hours.

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    Does the MGS have the audio pass through? I still have questions about the NGDevTeam music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo Alec View Post
    Does the MGS have the audio pass through? I still have questions about the NGDevTeam music.
    Looking at MVS cartridge pinouts, it doesn't look like there are any audio pins at all. They are present on the AES cartridges, but their use is limited to an early board revision? Get NeoBitz or some other Neo dev in here, so that we can get actual answers. NeoSD or Raz, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morden View Post
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    JMKurtz=NeoBitz. That's why is post is so good

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