I love how vector arcade cabinets can draw some dots or lines with such piercing brightness, it's a one-of-a-kind experience. I bet emulating vector games would look amazing on HDR displays, if the emulator had support for them. Anyone know if this has been done?
I can't help but wonder where tech would have gone if vector hadn't died off. Imagine 40 more years of development on vector displays.
There were some really cool things done with multiple beam vector displays over the years. Most of it ended up in military grade phosphors, but I think some arcade cabinets made use out of it too. The problem is they're huge power hogs, just by virtue of the physics involved.
The CPU for the Starhawk arcade cabinet is really cool. It had 12bit opcode instructions specific to vector drawing and three read only registers just for the X position and Y position and the speed of the beam. Even the Vectrex used outside hardware with its 6809 to draw lines.
I know that the MiSTer project has a Vectrex core, I wonder if they would be able to help with that.
It does? Oh, I better check that out!
As for emulating them, someone did convert Astroids to be playable using the same lasers used for laser light shows. Probably the most authentic you can get to the original without using a legit vector CRT.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkHjG759ABY …
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