This is an 8-port dual-output SCART switch made specifically for retro-gaming, that’s sold by superg (not me). I strongly recommend it for anyone who has multiple consoles. Click below to order:
gscartsw_lite – $180
A note on ordering: The switch is currently being sold by its creator, Superg. He plans on taking pre-orders until he has enough to place a large order from the manufacturer, then will close pre-orders until that order is complete. Then, the cycle will start again. If the switch says “out of stock”, that means he’s in the “order-placing” part of the cycle and you should check back in a few weeks. All questions and support should be posted in the forum: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50851
gscartsw_lite (current model)
More info here: http://www.gretrostuff.com/store/pre-order-gscartsw_lite/
gscartsw v3.2 / 3.4:
The current model gscartsw that’s for sale is the “lite”. Everything below this line is for the original v3.2 / v3.4 gscartsw:
– Bundled with power supply;
– 8 SCART inputs;
– SCART output;
– VGA output;
– 3.5 audio jack output;
– Automatic switching (composite based signal detection);
– Integrated EL1883 sync stripper (CSYNC ON/OFF switch);
– Integrated DC Restore circuit;
– VGA HSync/CSync mode selection (ON/OFF switch);
– Simultaneous SCART/VGA output is supported;
– PSU polarity protection included.
– Switch dimensions: 10-1/2 x 5-1/8 x 1-1/2
– Weight: 1lb, 5oz
– Utilize a VGA-to-BNC cable for RGB monitors, instead of an expensive SCART-to-BNC. Links on the right –>
The gscartsw will automatically detect which console is powered on and switch to it. It’s best to not power on more then one console at a time, but doing so will not damage the switch. As a note, if you’re using an input that drops sync (such as PS2 w/RGsB), then you’ll need to plug it into input #8 (closest to the output port), or the switch will loose connection.
All output ports are on one end, making it easy to run your cables. The gscartsw will output audio from both the 3.5mm jack and SCART port at the same time. It will also output video from both the SCART and VGA output simultaneously. Please note that the signal itself is not VGA, it’s just using a VGA-style connector for simplicity.
The CV/HV switch will convert the sync output between the typical csync found in RGBs (where horizontal and vertical sync signal are combined) and RGBHV, where the horizontal and vertical sync is separate. This will help with compatibility for certain displays and processors.
Finally the CS/OFF switch toggles the built-in sync stripper. In most cases, I’d recommend leaving it off and only turning it on if you have issues with certain consoles.
Wes from the Second Opinion Games podcast was nice enough to send pictures of the switch in his retro-cart setup. This is the perfect example of how the switch can really make people’s gaming station more efficient:
Finally, Jusin (aka the G00DwillHUNT3R) decided to put his switch in good hands while he re-wired his setup…
If you plan on playing your retro game consoles in RGB and want multiple hooked up at the same time, this switch is absolutely the best choice. The only equal alternatives would be for people in very specific scenarios who are willing to make their own cables and deal with csync issues on each individual console.
If you came here while reading the RGB Guide, please move on to the section that shows how to get RGB from each game system! That section also has info on audio enhancements, which versions of each system output the best quality, plus some other helpful info! Alternatively, head back to the main page to see what other retro-awesomeness is available on this site!