View Full Version : Panasonic 3d0 emulator - Does one exist?

May 15th, 2009, 01:16 AM
I can't seem to find an emulator for this platform. Admittedly the titles weren't great, but there was one masterpiece : Road Rash, that I have and would love to be able to play.

May 15th, 2009, 01:30 AM
The best (and only playable) one that exists is this one:


It's for Windows only though and it's been inactive for 2 years. There are none for Linux.

Be sure to have a beefy (2.2ghz+) machine for this one.

Alternatively there's the old rare Creative 3DO Blaster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3DO_Blaster) ISA card which was a 3DO itself you could mount in your computer. It won't work of course, you'll have to build an old computer to use that one. It's not emulation.

masterpiece : Road Rash

Oh yes the 3DO version was the best!

May 15th, 2009, 01:49 AM
Fair play to ya CharmyBee - what are the chances of someone so knowledgable being on the baords! There is nothing on the 3D0 on this forum till now. I'll definitely try out those options.

I did find this project (http://www.aep-emu.de/Emus-file-emus_x-id-39-system-Linux.html) but it's in another language and no doubt involves compilation with outdated libraries etc.

Thanks a million for your help, I'll let you know if I get it going. Do you still have a 3D0 yourself? I'm half thinking of buying one on eBay or something.

May 15th, 2009, 02:10 AM
I'll let you know if I get it going. Do you still have a 3D0 yourself?

i've never had one, played one at school in the mid '90s though (back when urban public schools were an 'anything goes' kind of place)

It also helps to search for 3DO rather than 3D0.

MESS isn't a dedicated emulator for 3DO though. Its goal is to emulate everything.

May 15th, 2009, 02:44 AM
Okay, wow - that's a pretty ambitious goal. I'm going to try to get freedo working on wine. Long shot but not a difficult shot.

July 26th, 2010, 03:50 AM
FreeDO is the only one I've found so far.

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 on a Laptop with Intel Pentium Dual Core processor T2330 at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 120GB hard drive and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 graphics.

I'm running FreeDO Beta 1.8 using Cross Over Pro 8 (to make wine simple). I can play most games, some (The Hord) have color problems
most have some texture tearing but not usually enough to ruin a game. I also have sound issues where the sound seems to be running out of buffer space (there are pauses in the sound) but they are playable. I could be having these issues because of my hardware but that FreeDO will play the games at full speed with no slowdown on what I consider low specs is a good sign.

I have personally tested as playable:
Star Control II
Road Rash
Need for Speed, The (did crash on me once though)
Battle Chess

Unplayable (On my system anyway)
Wing Commander III - Heart of the Tiger (Wrong colors and crashes)
Hord, The (I could play it but it looks like your playing at night)

Also thought I should mention it runs better in fullscreen than in a window

July 26th, 2010, 03:51 PM
Prylux, thanks for that. New motivation to get my Road Rash working again ;)

February 3rd, 2012, 06:34 PM
you can play your cdrom with xmess using the 3do.c driver


February 3rd, 2012, 06:43 PM
you can play your cdrom with xmess using the 3do.c driver


Thanks honeybear, I'll try that and see how it goes.

February 3rd, 2012, 06:47 PM
Thanks honeybear, I'll try that and see how it goes.

you can also find freedo for linux as source

February 4th, 2012, 04:42 PM
so you must get sdlmess, and then

follow this command:

xterm -e sdlmess -biospath ~/bioss/ edo -fullscreen -s 2 -jt 5 -cart /tmp/gamefolder/game.iso
make sure that the /tmp/gamefolder/ is fully given.

or if it still works:

sudo su
echo deb http://apt.ludomatic.fr lenny non-free >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ludomatic.list
echo deb-src http://apt.ludomatic.fr lenny non-free >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ludomatic.list
wget http://apt.ludomatic.fr/ludomatic.key.asc -O - | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install sdlmame sdlmess
@ address: http://apt.ludomatic.fr/pool/non-free/s/sdlmess/

March 5th, 2012, 08:14 AM

If freedo works, I would be glad to test it.

Could you please an howto or ideally a bash script that installs it and run it for a given free game or any other alternative?

So after downloaded it, how have you managed to run it?

Does it work with the famous 3do battle chess game?

March 12th, 2012, 08:54 PM
2011 news, of freedo, it looks still active.

however, if you look into: http://www.freedo.org/HTML/downloads.html

you find only EXE files, so no sources tar.gz or ./ executable for linux

or maybe here: http://www.arts-union.ru/node/75

March 12th, 2012, 09:09 PM
OK... got it to work:

To run 3do for LINUX, you could type the following:

sudo apt-get install libqt4-opengl


mkdir tmp
cd tmp

wget -N http://www.arts-union.ru/sites/default/files/FreeDO21qt_linux.zip

unzip FreeDO21qt_linux.zip



Then no idea how it works.

It gives this screenshot.

March 6th, 2013, 05:45 PM

I just tried under downlaods.... but there is only the EXE for windows and no source files.


Does Ubuntu develop a bit in that direction to add one emu to our repos?


March 8th, 2013, 04:41 PM
I haven't got this working - in fact, I forgot about it. It was tricky getting it to work (it didn't) and it looked hopeless. But I may try again soon and get back to you. Unless the performance is great though this doesn't really interest me.

May 26th, 2013, 01:41 AM
Sorry for waking the dead, but I finally got this working using:
Ubuntu 13.04 with Graphics Accelleration
FreeDo 1.9

Happy days.

May 26th, 2013, 01:46 AM
I'm glad you got it working :D

However, as this is such an old thread, I'll close it.