Software on the open source Omega MSX2

By SonsofOcelot

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10-09-2020, 20:26

Hello everyone Smile

I'm in the process of building an Omega MSX2 (thank you Sergey for the Gerber files). But I got thinking before ordering the boards and I'm not certain that the software I want to play is compatible. I mainly want to play Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 in addition to learning about the MSX in general. Does the Omega support these 2 games? In particular I know the Japanese version of MG1 is supposed to have a form of region protection so will that be an issue?

Also, as a separate question altogether, how does a counterfeit MG2 even work? Does it not need a special chip called the Konami SCC on the board? Yes, I'm asking because I don't have a couple hundred to drop on a supposed legit copy on eBay.

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By hamlet

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10-09-2020, 20:56

Welcome to the world of MSX, SonsofOcelot!
The Omega is simply a rebuilt MSX with original parts. With the V9958 and the appropriate ROM it is on MSX2+ level, so it can play the programs you mentioned. However, it has no SCC built in, which was not a standard MSX computer of the last millennium. Since you need a storage medium for the Omega (he does not know any SD cards yet) it is recommended to buy a MFR or a Carnivore2, which you can also build yourself.

By SonsofOcelot

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10-09-2020, 21:05

hamlet: Am I correct in guessing that the Carnivore2 would emulate the SCC as well as act as a storage medium?

By Grauw

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10-09-2020, 21:07

That’s correct!

By SonsofOcelot

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10-09-2020, 21:20

Fantastic! Brings the cost up a bit, but should be well worth it. I'm excited to start building! Thank you both so much!

By Manuel

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10-09-2020, 23:18

If you want to play Metal Gear 1, just use the patched version with the improved English translation. I didn't check, but I'm sure it also has the region protection removed. And if not, there's probably a patch for that available as well.