Bazix introduces MSXPLAYer for mobile phones

by Latok on 06-05-2005, 22:36
Topic: MSX Revival
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As we posted earlier, this sunday, MSX World 2005 is being held in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. The official MSX World 2005 website gives a nice overview on the activities which will take place.

The Dutch company Bazix will be present as well and right here we can read Bazix is going to introduce the next step in mobile MSX emulation: MSXPLAYer for Symbian series60 mobile phones.

This new emulator for mobile phones is still in development, but as we can read on the Bazix website, the emulator will see its first public presentation this sunday during a special MSX PLAYer symposium.

Relevant link: Bazix

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By Sama

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07-05-2005, 18:07

Am I the only one who thinks this is great news? Smile

By cax

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07-05-2005, 20:22

But we already have JRs emulator, and what's new here ? "Bazix in Japan" ?

By Sama

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07-05-2005, 23:30

Well, about a year and a half ago quite some discussions were going about the MSX Revival being a Japanese-only thingy and such... Now a non-Japanese company announces a new version of MSXPLAYer, the only official MSX emulator originating from Japan Smile

By mth

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08-05-2005, 00:54

If you want people to be enthousiastic about MSX Player, you'll need something more than just the "official" label. It will have to be better than the other emulators in some way: more accurate, user friendlier, more features etc.

Or you can use MSX Player just as an enabling technology to sell your games, but then the games are what people could get excited about, not the emulator. Maybe if you announce "English version of Game X available on Series 60" you'll get more reactions.

By snout

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08-05-2005, 01:37

One step at a time guyz, one step at a time. Of course, MSXPLAYer for Series 60 is to be released in Europe (in fact, the current and first version is English-only, a Japanese version will be developed later on). Of course, MSXPLAYer for Series 60 will be different from fMSX/S60 in quite a few ways. Of course, many games in the Project EGG/PLUS! catalog will be released in English on both MSXPLAYer for Windows, MSXPLAYer for Series 60 and future platforms. More information on all those things is to follow in the (near) future. Just because we can not reveal all information on what Bazix is going to do in the near future right now (e.g. specific game titles, launch dates, details on features of MSXPLAYer/S60 etc. etc. etc.) doesn't mean it's not going to happen, you know Wink

By mth

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08-05-2005, 02:35

snout: Of course, it's a lot of work to be done and you're a small team. I'm just trying to explain why there isn't a huge excitement about this announcement (apparently Rieks expected more).

By Sama

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08-05-2005, 02:55

Heh, I was somewhat surprised that nobody gave any reaction Smile. I understand your point of view and I can only confirm Snouts 'wait and see' Wink. What I was aiming at, however, were those discussions I already referred to.

By mth

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08-05-2005, 03:09

Rikusu: Wasn't founding Bazix itself a reaction to those discussions? Or at least an answer?

By Sama

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08-05-2005, 03:59

Sure Smile. But probably this is the first time the connection between the Japanese MSX Revival and Europe is clearly visible. Bazix has been doing a lot of things, though not much has come out in the open yet.

By sunrise

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08-05-2005, 08:06

The issue is simple. People donot react since they see it is an announcement
It is only clearly visible for the public if they can buy it knowing what the costs are and what and especially when you can buy it.

And most unfortunate people donot have that patience anymore and putting their finger everytime to the few people who working on things and that is a shame for Bazix, Sunrise and others.

By Manuel

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08-05-2005, 20:06

So, is this emulator written from scratch, or based on the existing MSXPLAYER code? Or on another existing MSX emulator?

By Vincent van Dam

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08-05-2005, 20:14

Also, why the Series/60, there already is an emulator for that platform. Is it because it has been proven to work on that phone, or is it because it is the most popular phone os on todays' market (I don't know if this is true)? Why not a Smartphone version, or a DoJa MSX player (targetting the japanese market)?

By snout

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09-05-2005, 04:19

As with MSXPLAYer for Windows, MSXPLAYer for Series 60 is an fMSX based emulator that makes it possible to distribute a complete emulator (incl system roms) and software (read: games) legally. (Not for free, of course). Compared with the existing fMSX/S60 several improvements have been made to boost user-friendlyness, while the emulator also meets the high demands our licensing partners have when it comes to security. Other partners of MSX Association are already developing MSX emulators for other mobile platforms, while Bazix might tackle others in the future as well. Do I really have to repeat the 'one step at a time' again? Smile Smile Smile

PS> I know you're all dying for more information, but at the moment I really don't have the time to join all the dots and write a report on it. So please, have a bit of patience and you'll be rewarded with a nice and -huge- report on my stay in Japan, with lots of background information on MSX World 2005 and the products that were announced and presented during the day.

By AuroraMSX

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10-05-2005, 13:52

Of course, many games in the Project EGG/PLUS! catalog will be released in English on both MSXPLAYer for Windows, MSXPLAYer for Series 60 and future platforms.
Hm, reading this I get the feeling that an arbitrary game for MSXPLAYer is not automatically available for all MSXPLAYer versions/platforms.That could imply that if I want to have an MSXPLAYer game X on both my PC and S60 phone, I'd have to buy both versions. Twice the price, half the fun...

Please tell me it ain't so!

By snout

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10-05-2005, 14:55

That matter hasn't been discussed with our (BZX) business partners as of yet, as soon as there is any clarity on that it will most certainly be published on the BZX website and/or MRC.

By snout

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10-05-2005, 15:18

But euhm.. is it really so hard to see the positive sides of new developments as well, in stead of the (possible) negative ones only? Smile

By adrcunha

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13-05-2005, 00:49

Woei!

By snout

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13-05-2005, 04:42

That's more like it ^_^

By Grauw

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15-05-2005, 11:06

Mwa, there’s always downsides to be seen.

By the way, with regard to purchasing separate versions, at least on the MSX Magazines, for most games versions for both PC and PocketPC were provided... So I think it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect to be just paying for the game, then downloading the versions for different platforms.

btw, who’s coding this version of MSXPlayer for you?