I recently upgraded to a new computer and decided to try my hand at emulating my forlorn copy of PDS, having not been touched in about 5 years.
Here are my specs:
Dell Inspiron 9400 (e1705)
CPU: 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo
RAM: 1 Gb DDR2 SDRAM
Graphics Card: nVidia Geforce 7900 GS go
I downloaded SSF, a somewhat frequently updated Saturn emulator, poped in Disc 1 and had a go at it.
Much to my surprise, most of the game runs smoothly. I’m at Uru right now, and I haven’t experienced any freezes or crashes. There are some dips in framerate, but those are few and far between. I’ve noticed a total of 3 texture glitches so far. One at the ingame cinema where the dragon ascends to the excavation camp (right before the cinema where you tend to the captain. It’s noticable, but hardly anything bad), another when you fight the Gigra (when you move to the front side to attack the weakspot, the cavern ceiling turns green), and another one at Georgius (the entire ‘floor’ texture with the vortex is actually rotating and there isn’t any covering to mask the effect). I guess these glitches are due to the fact that the emulator doesn’t emulate things 100% yet.
Overall, I’m very optimistic that saturn emulation will be a viable option for people down the line and more people will get to play this series.