Virtua Cop 3

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Arcade Game
Hardware: Sega Chihiro
Game info
Developer: Sega AM2
Released: March 2003
Players: 2 Player
Type: Rail Shooter
Virtua Cop 3 Artwork.jpg
VirtuaCop3 Gameplay.jpg
Note: Requires DemulShooter

Virtua Cop 3 is the third and final game from Sega's Virtua Cop light gun shooter franchise released exclusively for arcades in 2003. The game is available in standard and deluxe cabinet formats and runs on Sega Chihiro arcade hardware.

Required Files

  • Download CXBX Reloaded emu from GitHub
    • Click on Assets for the latest release and download
    • NOTE: There have been reported issues with DemulShooter not working with the latest versions of CXBX. Make sure you are using the latest version of DemulShooter (10.9.0 and up) to fix this
    • This guide was created using Cxbx-Reloaded build CI-3e5272d (Dec 22, 2021)
    • Recommend to make this a standalone installation. Also emulating Silent Scope Complete with the same CXBX install can cause issues.
  • Download AutoHotkey website
    • Follow the AutoHotkey wiki if you do not have AutoHotkey already installed.
  • Download DemulShooter from GitHub
  • Download no crosshair patch from
  • Download Stage 2 black smoke removal patch from OneDrive


  • Extract CXBX Reloaded to a folder of your choosing. (e.g. D:\CXBX-Reloaded\)
  • Run cxbx.exe and select "Yes" when the pop-up window message for portable mode appears.

Input Settings for Player 1

Player 1 Input Settings

Settings  >  Config Input  >  Set Port 1 = MS Gamepad S  >  Configure

  • Map the Following Buttons for Player 1:
    • X Button = Change Weapons
    • Start = Player 1 Start
    • Enter a Profile Name and click on Save
  • Set Port 2 = MS Gamepad S and configure the Start and X Button for Player 2

DemulShooter will set the following buttons:

Action Button
Shoot (Trigger) Left Mouse
Reload Right Mouse
Bullet-Time Middle Mouse

Video Settings for 4:3 Aspect Ratio

Video Settings

Settings  >  Config Video

  • NOTE: DemulShooter requires the game to be 4:3 aspect ratio and 100% Windows scaling. Your aim may be off if you stretch to 16:9.
  • Enable Maintain Aspect Ratio
  • Disable Use Exclusive Fullscreen Mode


  • Install AutoHotkey
  • Run DemulShooter.exe as Administrator if you have issues with it hooking. The DemulShooter icon in the system tray should be green.
  • Create a new AutoHotkey script following this example:
  • Note: Replace the paths in the script with the correct paths to your DemulShooter.exe, cxbx.exe and your Virtua Cop 3 xbe files.
  • Newer versions of CXBX-R use cxbxr-ldr.exe instead of cxbx.exe as shown in the example ahk script below. Adjust your script accordingly.
    • The latest version of DemulShooter is required if you are using cxbxr-ldr.exe
  • Run the AHK script to play. Press ESC to quit.
    #NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
    ; #Warn  ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
    SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
    SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
    #SingleInstance Force
    Run, D:\DemulShooter\DemulShooter.exe -target=chihiro -rom=vcop3, D:\DemulShooter
    sleep, 1000
    Run, D:\CXBX-Reloaded\cxbx.exe /load "D:\CXBX-Reloaded\Virtual Cop 3\vc3.xbe"
    sleep, 1000
    Send !{Enter} ; send Alt+Enter to make it fullscreen
    Send !{f4} ; send ALT+F4 to close the emu when pressing ESC
    ExitApp ; Close this script


Crosshair Removal

  • Download no crosshair patch from
  • Copy & paste the downloaded spr_common.xts (no crosshair patch) into Virtua Cop 3's media folder.
    • D:\CXBX-Reloaded\Virtual Cop 3\media\spr_common.xts
    • Make a backup of the original spr_common.xts file before applying the patch.

Stage 2 Black Smoke Removal

  • Download Stage 2 black smoke removal patch from OneDrive
  • Copy & paste the downloaded spr_effect.xts (smoke removal patch) into Virtua Cop 3's media folder.
    • D:\CXBX-Reloaded\Virtual Cop 3\media\spr_effect.xts
    • Make a backup of the original spr_effect.xts file before applying the patch.


If your aim is off, check to see that a green DemulShooter icon is present in the system tray to indicate that it is hooking.

  • Make sure that you have set DemulShooter.exe to run as Administrator.
  • DemulShooter will not hook onto cxbxr-ldr.exe for versions before 10.9.0

If CXBX-R is crashing, try enabling both NTSC 720p and NTSC 1080i

  • Settings  >  EEPROM configuration  >  Enable NTSC 720p and NTSC 1080i

If the Sinden isn't responding then check to make sure that you selected the correct device in the DemulshooterGUI and click save.

Changes made in Test Mode (vc3_t.xbe) are not saved.