RGB From Each System
This section will show you the best way to get RGB from each system, as well as which versions of each system outputs the best quality! Some sections are more comprehensive then others, but I tried to add info on almost all of the retro-consoles.
Some systems only require an RGB cable and others require modifications. I provide links and how-to instructions for each system so everything you need to know is all here, easy to find in one place. Also, I complied a list of every tool you may need in the tools section of this site. If a guide suggests using a tool and you’re not sure where to get it, check the tools page.
Here are each of the systems, broken down by manufacturer. There are many other systems I’d love to test, but unfortunately, I don’t have the money to buy them all. Hopefully I’ll stumble across some cheap ones, or maybe someone will be nice enough to donate them:
The NES doesn’t natively output RGB, but this page shows how to modify your NES to do it, as
well as picture comparisons of how awesome it looks when you do.
This page has all the info you’d need on which N64’s can be used with each mod, as well as
different mods available.
Information and comparison pics on why the Saturn versions. Also, RGB cable
This page has information about the Nintendo Game Boy line of systems, as well as which model is
the best and how to display them on a TV.
TONS of GBA info, including comparisons and TV-out info. Every GBA fan should check this
The Sega Game Gear can output RGB, but requires a modification. There are
also multiple versions available.
Information on Wii RGB-out, as well as comparing the Wi’i’s virtual
console games to the originals.
The Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 systems require modifications,
but can output RGB, S-Video and composite.
There is a video-out mod, as well as LCD mods available for both model Lynx handheld
The ColecoVision can be modded for RGB-out, but the only output from the factory
is low-quality RF.
There is a front-light mod available for the NGP, but no
TV-out mod. There is a rare dev kit available called the K2_VIDEO which will output
Some CDi systems can output RGB with a modification. Many output S-Video natively,
which is also a good solution.
If you need detailed technical info on any of the above systems (or any I don’t have listed), I suggest checking out the following sites:
GameSX– This site has techincal info for almost every system! It also has a list of systems and available mods, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page, check the ones below:
http://www.gamesx.com/ / http://www.gamesx.com/wiki/doku.php?id=matrix
240p Test Suite – If you’d like to calibrate your display directly from your console, this software will be a huge help. I’ve also used it to test lag on displays and upscalers:
http://junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php/240p_test_suite / http://junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php/240p_test_suite#Versions
Consoledatabase.com – This site has great info on each of the classic systems. Also, it maintains a FAQ on all the systems that has an amazing amount of info on each:
MMMonkey – A site with tons of hardware mods:
Also, there are great forums around with helpful people. I’d read everything in this guide before posting questions (so people aren’t posting the same beginner questions over and over), but if you’re ever stuck, check out the forums at: shmups.com, smspower.org, sega-16.com, assemblergames.com and racketboy.com.
Feel free to head back to the main page for more retro-awesomeness!