PC Engine Fan X! wrote:
What kind of hardware is the Virtual On Force PCB running on? Is it a Sega Model 2 or Model 3 board?
Force uses the Hikaru
board. Like the Naomi, It actually features native 31 KHz video output. I'm not sure what all the boards on the right are... the one in the front appears to be a card reader (Force has a card-based upgrade system), but I'm not sure what is behind that.
With the recent release of VOOT on Xbox Live, and the soon-to-be released Xbox 360 Twin Stick peripheral, it seems likely that Force will finally see a console release, making this setup less useful and likely to drop in value. Also, Force is a 4-player fighting game, so I'm surprised that someone was actually willing to pay so much for a single-player Force setup. I can understand the desire for such as setup... I am a VOOT fanatic, so I did build a similar single-layer setup for arcade VOOT. But, the cost was dramatically lower (about 1/10th the cost). The Hikaru hardware is not particularly expensive or rare. This setup does not even include a real Force control panel, just the joysticks and buttons mounted on a box (although it does include the manuals, extra sticks, and I think the card reader). Really the only rare and expensive part is the Force ROM.
If I was going to build this, I don't think I would have much trouble finding all the parts for $2,000 (heck, I could vacation in Tokyo and find everything in Akihabara myself for under $4,000
). I may be underestimating the difficultly of obtaining the Force ROM, though, considering I've only seen a few sell on Yahoo! Japan Auctions (for $1000 or so). VOOT ROMs are a bit more common since a lot of the machines were gutted for conversion to Force.
IIRC, the VOOT to Force conversion kit was something like $12,000 back in 2001. That included everything to convert two VOOT cabinets into a 4-player Force setup (4x Hikarus, Force ROMs, control panels, marquees, etc.). IIRC the full 4-player cabinet was $45,000 (I forget if it included the separate cabinet for buying pilot cards). This is what I remember seeing at River Service.
Anyway, I think the high price guarantees it will be going to a good home.
PC Engine Fan X! wrote:
*An all-in-one soundbar speaker setup along with seperate powered subwoofer (all the Virtual On PCBs output in 4.1 surround sound with the actual subwoofer mounted directly underneath the player(s) seat on the original VO & VO:OT dual link-up cabinets) ^_~
I'm not sure about this one. The last version of VOOT was on Naomi, which AFAIK only supports 2.0.