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Andrzej Sierpinski

A very interesting post that has lit up me a lot.
However, I wonder about one thing - since the player's number represents only by two bytes of information, how does the box control six vehicles on the track at the same time?

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Andrew Buntine Author • Edited on

Very observant!

The older models only supported 4 players. So that is where the 2 bits came from. In the newer models it seems they wanted to be able to support more players, so they just stuck an extra bit onto the end of their previous format. I am guessing they did this for backwards compatibility with the older models (which would just ignore the additional bit).

So, theoretically at least, the newer models could actually support up to 8 players.