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I used to think it was quite powerful, for the time. I mean, look at the specs:
NEC V810 (Part Number uPD70732) ▪ 32-Bit RISC Processor at 20 MHz (18 MIPS) Clock Speed ▪ 1 MB of DRAM and 512 of KB P-SRAM ▪ 1 KB Cache
While this might not sounds like much, and it didn't have much in the way of co-processors, look at the SNES specs in comparison:
•CPU: 16-bit Custom 65C816 at 3.58 MHz •RAM: 128 Kb Picture Processing Unit (PPU) - 16-bit (generates all of the graphics) Video RAM for PPU - 64 Kilobytes (temp. storage for the PPU) •Max Sprites: 128, 32 per scanline •Sound Channels: 8 ADPCM •Sound Memory: 64 Kb
Sure, the VB would probably not be a PS1 killer (even though the ps1 had a 32bit processor@33mhz), but, it would sure be enough to surpass say, the original Gameboy or the game gear, right? Or the Atari lynx.
Personally I thought it was a powerful 32bit console, that was sadly unexploited due to rushed games and laziness. Well, now I learned something different (see my next post)