What is NTSC? What is PAL? Why in Sonic fast in America? Why is he slow in Europe? Perhaps the question should be more like Why is 60hz faster than 50hz?... and why is there a difference? Because that's exactly what this video is about. Back in the days of analogue television (you remember that, right?), signals were transmitted using 2 main standards, PAL and NTSC (There's also SECAM for France and Russia, which is similar to PAL), and to display on these standards, your equipment needed to be able to output the right signal type. *OPEN FOR MORE*
This is partly why a Sega Genesis won't work properly in the UK without modifications and vice versa. This video looks at the whole caboodle, what NTSC is, what PAL is, why we have 60hz and 50hz, where it came from, who came up with those figures and exactly what all this means when it comes to Sonic the Hedgehog.
By the way, PAL stands for Phase Altering Line. NTSC stands for National Television Standards Committee; the people who came up with the name. I always prefer it when acronyms refer to the technology rather than the people who decided on the specification.
Please note. The Megadrive 68000 CPU clock speed is actually 7.600489 MHz, hence why that calculation doesn't quite pan out properly. Apparently rounding wasn't a strong point of my source reference. Likewise, my pro-active checking wasn't a strong point of that part of the video.
50hz vs 60hz
NTSC vs PAL
Why is Sonic fast in America
What is Sonic slow in Europe
Megadrive Region modifications
NTSC Region mod
PAL Region mod
Other games slower on PAL
PAL optimised games
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