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Virtua Racing

V.R. - Virtua Racing (c) 1992 Sega.

Sega once again prove themselves to be kings of the racing genre with the superb and innovative "Virtua Racing". This was the first racing game to be fully rendered with shaded, filled polygon graphics (the first game to ever be rendered in filled polygons was Atari's incredible 1983 release, "I, Robot").

As well as the sublime graphics and superb playability, Virtua Racing also allowed players to switch camera views to suit their preferred style of play. The game features three well designed and varied courses; 'Big Forest', 'Bay Bridge' and 'Acropolis'


Sega Model 1 hardware

Main CPU : V60 (@ 16 Mhz), 68000 (@ 10 Mhz), MB86233 (@ 16 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM3438 (@ 8 Mhz), (2x) MultiPCM (@ 8 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 496 x 384 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8192

Players : 2

Control : paddle

Buttons : 6


Sega went to General Electric Aerospace (who made the first 3D simulators for NASA in the 1960s) in 1991-92 for assistance to develop a CG platform architecture for their new experimental 3D system, which later became known as the Sega Model 1 hardware. Virtua Racer was the game being written to find out how viable hardware 3D games were, it was never designed to be released, but it was such a success internally they decided to actually release it.

The first AM-2 polygon race game. The game features many epoch-making ideas : changing the point of view freely, feeling the hardness of the steering, the seat interacting with the gravity.

In true Sega fashion, their 'Virtua' prefix was used on a variety of other products such as "Virtua Fighter", "Virtua Cop", "Virtua Striker" and "Virtua Tennis".

Toshiba EMI released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Virtua Racing & Out Runners - TYCY-5365, 5366) on 15/12/1993.


* Consoles :

Sega Mega Drive (1994) : The cartridge was huge compared to all others because it included the SVP chip (Sega Virtua Processor).

Sega 32x (1994, "Virtua Racing Deluxe")

Sega Saturn (1995, "Time Warner Interactive's V.R. - Virtua Racing")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2004, "Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8 : V.R. - Virtua Racing Flat Out")