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Connectix Virtual Game Station

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (42.38 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
VirtualGameStation.sit_.bin (17.07 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Spyro_The_Dragon.toast_.sit (630.90 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Guides on emulating older applications

The infamous commercial PlayStation emulator for Mac OS 9! Pretty decent compatibility. Lived a short life, as Sony and their team of lawyers moved in quickly to kill this, and in the end, bought the program from a financially exhausted Connectix, and locked it away in a vault. Sad story, really.

The first download above is a PC/Mac hybrid CD image (see also the alternative download link below).

External link
Download from MediaFire

Note: The Mediafire DL is of a 42.3 MB zipped .toast archive. This is Version 1.41 (September 15, 2000). It's an original full PC/Mac hybrid CD image. Unzip and rename the ".toast" suffix to ".iso" to burn and access on a PC (discard and ignore the "_MacOSX" folder extracted from the zip file, this was zipped on an OS X machine and there's some artifacts left behind).

The user manual is located on the PC side of the .toast DL (didn't see one on the Mac side) so I have added it above; it's for both Mac & PC versions.

Connectix list of recommended compatible games (via Wayback Machine).

Spyro The Dragon is an excellent example game disc which this emulator plays.
This is a fresh scan of SkyCapt's OEM 1998 disc. It cannot be virtually mounted, it must be burned to disc and run on a "chip mod" patched version of this emulator. Spyro is abandonware, its creators ended the original franchise because Spyro can't hold anything in his hands, limiting the implementation of new ideas for sequels. Spyro pushes the hardware capability of PS1 to its limit, is all-ages family fun, and has cheat codes plus a hidden demo for "Crash Bandicoot: Warped". Its awesome in-game soundtrack was composed by Stewart Copeland, drummer for "The Police".

md5 checksum and filename:
46e9bf6123dff1c64a000f32f4065f58 Spyro_The_Dragon.toast

Architecture: PPC

Works only under a native classic Mac OS, on G3 and G4 Macs. Not compatible with OS X. I will eat my hat if this works in an emulator.

Q: Are there any Apple "Factory Original" G3s that are not compatible with CVGS?
A: There are two PowerBook G3 models that are not CVGS-compatible:

1: PowerBook G3 introduced in October 1997 (PowerBook 3400 form factor)
* Family Number M3553
* Gestalt 313

2: PowerBook G3 233 Mhz model, 12.1" PASSIVE Matrix model introduced May 1998
* Family Number M4753
* Gestalt 314


Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, October 6 - 4:24pm

I wouldn't even try running this on anything but a real mac booted into a real classic Mac OS. Connectix was serious about not enabling users to run games from anything but the actual CD and from the actual mac hardware that this was sold for, and it was prior to OSX.

One could always hope for some genius to come along and mod this thing to work with .iso's or on later systems, and so forth... Tired

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by IIGS_User - 2009, October 6 - 1:46pm

"VGS does only run on North American System".

I don't believe this, because VGS has been sold in Germany, too.
Probably it has been modified to work on german Mac OS 9 versions, but I don't know.

nk6's picture
by nk6 - 2009, October 6 - 1:20pm

Hmm... It doesn't work in SheepShaver, it starts, but suddenly a message appears: "Your CD driver does not have the necessary features for Connectix Virtual Game Station".

Update 1:
If you don't use cd on sheepshaver there isn't message, but without cd you can't do anything but to configure it.

Using the Virtual CD/DVD utility doesn't work either, but using the "mount disc image..." option in Roxio Toast 5 doesn't complain about anything, maybe it works, but I would have to make and image of a psx game and then mount it, but i don't have any.

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, August 31 - 7:42pm

If you go to those links provided below, there were some patches available for VGS that were intended to allow use of discs from any region, but I don't know if any of them apply to what regional version of the Mac OS is being used. Otherwise install a NA version of the Mac OS, I guess.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 30 - 11:59am

"VGS does only run on North American System". WTF? I own a german OS 9, guess no way to make it run then? Any ideas on how to get it cooperating? Sad

TheNewFlesh's picture
by TheNewFlesh - 2009, August 30 - 5:12am

I've been looking for this for ages, thanks!

MacWise's picture
by MacWise - 2009, August 18 - 2:48am

Awesome! Thanks Attila.

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, August 17 - 7:28pm

After googling forever I finally found someone who still has most of the VGS related stuff still available for download. I've added most of it to this archive, while preserving the disc image that was recently uploaded. Every conceivable version is now available within this archive.

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2009, August 12 - 8:02pm

I have the Version 1.4
So I will upload it later today.

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, August 12 - 7:46pm

It's always nice to have an image of the original disk, but this should have been added to the already existing archive, which has since been deleted. Now we only have version 1.1, where before the site had 1.4 with its bug fixes and better compatibility.