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Oct 18 2013
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Retro Gamers - best SD projector?

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Does anyone here use a standard definition projector for old school gaming? I want to use one with a PS3, but mainly for PS1 and PS2 games. I'm leaning towards SVGA to get the best of all 3 worlds but they have one for cheap on Amazon that outputs 320x240, which I believe is the native resolution for Playstation 1.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Oct 18, 2013
Actually, the resolution of the PS1 can go up to 640x480.

Then again, most PS1 games are around 320x240 or even less, so you'd get away with a 320x240 projector for most retro gaming.

Be warned though, 320x240 blown up at a large size using a projector will really make you miss HDTV. Smiley Tongue
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Oct 18, 2013

Never really messed with Projectors.  I can tell you that a high-quality CRT TV can produce some fantastic image quality from SD sources.  Especially if you are coming from 480i sources like PS2, Gamecube, and similar; the image quality on CRTs trumps the current crop of HDTVs.  In the past I used a 30" Sony Wega CRT HDTV, and it really did wonders for older non-HD content, and for whatever HD flat-screens these days don't hold a candle to it in regards to SD sources.

 

Really though, I think maybe just going the route of emulation and upscaling would be your best bet in this day and age.

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Oct 19, 2013

Doppelgangergang wrote:
Actually, the resolution of the PS1 can go up to 640x480.

Then again, most PS1 games are around 320x240 or even less, so you'd get away with a 320x240 projector for most retro gaming.

Be warned though, 320x240 blown up at a large size using a projector will really make you miss HDTV. Smiley Tongue

Hmm therein lies the problem. I guess 480 would be the best comprimise.

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Oct 19, 2013

I need help...can someone please send me a message? It's about all of my friends on PNS being gone...

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wegawhale wrote:

Never really messed with Projectors.  I can tell you that a high-quality CRT TV can produce some fantastic image quality from SD sources.  Especially if you are coming from 480i sources like PS2, Gamecube, and similar; the image quality on CRTs trumps the current crop of HDTVs.  In the past I used a 30" Sony Wega CRT HDTV, and it really did wonders for older non-HD content, and for whatever HD flat-screens these days don't hold a candle to it in regards to SD sources.

 

Really though, I think maybe just going the route of emulation and upscaling would be your best bet in this day and age.


Oh believe me I'd love to go with a nice 50" projection crt. It's just not practical right now. At least not until I get my game shrine up and running.

 

I've ripped some old PS2 dvds and tried a few different outputs but they still look a touch weird, even on an older laptop. Call me fussy.

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Oct 19, 2013

Probably going to go with this baby at some point. I'll let you guys know if it's decent or not. Can't go wrong for 200 bones.

 

http://www.amazon.com/FAVI-Entertainment-RioHD-LED-2-Mini-Projector/dp/B0033QJLQW/ref=sr_sp-atf_titl...

 

PLUS I realized that if I put up a bedsheet that has thin black & white lines I can replicate the scanline effect. When I find the perfect print I'm going to staple it to a giant canvas to make the screen.

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