|The AVS menu screen is simple and straight forward|
Hardcore retro gaming setups have evolved over the years, as recent developments introduce new ways of playing classic consoles. Since HD televisions have become the norm, CRT TVs have been phased out of homes and pushed to the curve. Even thought HDTVs are superior tech, they do not aways interpret the ancient video signals of retro game consoles as intended, and there is a gap between intended video output and onscreen results. The video quality of the yellow RCA plug is dreadful by today's standards; back in the day the CRT TVs had lower resolution and this went unnoticed.
|A European SCART plug carries the RGB signal directly, if the console has it|
|SCART switches need to be imported since they were never released here in the U.S.|
|Most will not want to pay $500 for a 20' screen|
Some companies are seeing the demand for solutions to bridge the gap between retro and modern, like HD Retrovision cables. These cables convert the RGB signal (if present) from retro consoles into component video signals, so they can be directly plugged into modern TVs. They are a nearly equivalent solution as an RGB setup, with less hassle and cost. The cables receive rave reviews, but are produced in small batches, and sell out quickly. The cables are sold by Castlemania games, and you will most likely have to preorder for the next release batch.
|HD Retrovision cables are immensely popular|
|The Retron 5 has its fans, and may be a fine solution depending on your needs|
|The Analogue NT is the Cadillac of FPGA consoles, but is too expensive|
The Analogue NT Mini was the first FPGA retro console commercially released. This premium clone console did everything that the NES did and more. Video output was provided via analog or digital, so it could be used on either a CRT or modern TV. This was priced to reflect its quality at $450. Interesting for sure, but definitely a niche item. It had a sleek, aluminum case, which I'm sure added to the price as much as the allure.
|The Analogue Super NT gets the cost/performance ratio right|
Analogue's next product was the Super NT, which is an FPGA SNES. It does mostly everything that the NT did and more, while dropping analog video output and the aluminum shell. This change was a smart one, as the new price is less than half of the NT at $200. Reviews have been extremely favorable across the board.
|The Mega SG is set to release in the spring of 2019|
|The Retro Usb AVS is very good, nearly on par with Analogue's offerings|
|The Retro USB AVS accepts NES and Famicom carts, no need for a wonky adapter|
|The Super NT, coupled with an SD2SNES flashcart|
|Its hard to display through a web picture how good the image actually is|
So what do you think of FPGA consoles? Are you willing to move on from original hardware? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading.