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RG351V: SEGA CD Emulation Settings For The Screen

RG351V SEGA CD Settings (Stock Firmware) 

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This post's intended audience is newcomers to Anbernic devices. If you are an emulation veteran and used a 351P/M before there's probably not much here for you. If I had to grade SEGA CD performance on the 351V using optimized setting it would get a 9/10 score from me. 

Out of the box with no adjustments at all to the settings, SEGA CD runs a little funky on the 351V but that can all be adjusted easily. In general on a tiny screen I generally avoid using shades (personal preference) but using one is almost necessary particularly for games like Batman Returns in the driving sequences. There are multiple ways to adjust settings but the easiest and most reliable way is to just go to PER SYSYEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION and set up custom options for every system. 

The settings I use:

MAIN MENU>GAME SETTINGS>PER SYSTEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION>SEGA CD


Emulator- Auto
Your options here are Libetro/Picodrive, Libetro/Gen Plus GX, and Auto. After experimenting around I've gone with Auto. RetroArch does a really good job of selecting the best option game to game. 

Game Ratio- 4/3 
Normally I like using Core Provided paired with Integer Scale for most systems but that just doesn't work out well with SEGA CD and results in weird aspect shifts game to game. I found that 4/3 paired with Integer Scale On (below) looks the sharpest and cleanest along with matching the ratio. 

Bezel - NO

No need for a Bezel as the settings give you full screen use. 

Enable Max Performance - YES

For the most part there aren't huge differences in gameplay between the options you have of Yes, No, or Auto however I found Yes to give the best performance particularly driving or flying sequences in games or anything 3D heavy. 

Smooth Games - ON 

I get the same results with smooth games On as I do with enable max performance On. Your options are On, Off or Auto. On is again the best for driving and flying. 

Rewind - Off 

This setting is just personal preference. The options are On, Off and Auto. Personally I don't like to FF or Rewind games. That just takes me out of the moment. Having the setting On or Auto doesn't seem to effect performance in any noticeable way. 

Auto Save/Load - Off

Another personal preference. Having Auto Save set to On or Auto doesn't seem to effect performance in any noticeable way. 

Shaders Set - RPI/HQ2X.GLSP

Shaders are another personal preference. I often don't use them at all but I found that some games simply look really bad without using a shader. I had a bad eye injury years back that effects my vision differently than someone with normal vision so I prefer things to be very sharp and have distinct color contrast. For the most part I found that any shader with "2X" in it looks really nice and sharp on the 351V screen. 

Integer Scale (Pixel Perfect) - On 

I almost universally just set Integer Scaling to on with almost all systems too get a perfect ratio as the games were designed to be played in. In some cases, that will cause a black area of unused screen space. For this system that's not an issue as it's set to 4/3 above. 

Latency Reduction - Auto 

For the most part SEGA CD runs full speed on the 351V whether you mess with Latency Reduction or not. I've had no problems with it set to Auto. 

I'll likely revisit settings for the SEGA CD in the future as I get into the custom firmwares. 

Additional Settings 

An additional setting you may want to consider is customizing the button layout. Making use of the R and L triggers for certain games especially driving or flying games makes things a lot more convenient. 

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