I do have a CRT. I have a Sony that’s quite nice actually. All CRTs eventually kick the bucket, though, and the picture quality while amazing can be better.
The main task here was to bring some of that stuff back to my living room though, and to provide for better picture quality easily and affordably. As I noted in the original post, to do what this device is doing before now you had to spend a lot of money. It’s about double the cost of the 2x for an OSSC.
The OSSC also requires a lot more time and effort to get the picture that you want. It does a lot more than the 2x does. Note also that it only accepts RGB or Component inputs…
That means you have to do mods and/or buy new cables for all your retro consoles to get that to work. It gets pricey. Again, as noted, Ferraris vs. Mustangs. Will I do that someday? Maybe. I still really like to buy and play modern games so the retro hobby doesn’t consume me like it does some other folks. Money is finite. You can go crazy at the RGB boards reading up on what people there are doing. RetroRGB is another good site for info on cabling and just general “How do I get RGB output on X console” information.
I fully admit this stuff fascinates me and has since long before this became more realistic. I used to read Diehard Game Fan and marvel at their screenshots. I discovered way back then that they were using RGB output to get the cleanest possible picture. When I saw it for myself later on with Commodore monitors, I was blown away at the picture quality. Now it’s about preservation of the original hardware experience for me, so I’m not too terribly picky about picture quality which is why composite through an HDTV at 480p is doable. But again, might I dabble in RGB later? Possible. Will I buy a component cable eventually for the Genesis/Neo Geo? Definitely. They’re out of stock at the moment at HD Retrovision or I probably would have already.
So yeah, I do have a CRT and I use it! It’s really nice to be honest. I’ll take some video of that next time I’m mucking around up there in the retro cave. When I saw the RetroTINK-2x and what it did though, I was sold. I love being able to put those consoles back in my living room easily and affordably with original controllers, no lag, and the wholly original gameplay experience. All this thing does is double the lines so it can be displayed at 480p. Everything else is original perfection.
@Rock8man The Neo Geo CD shipped right around the same time as the Sega Saturn and the Sony Playstation, which as you know was the dawn of the 3D era of consoles. Neo Geo was somewhat quaint for a lot of gamers because there was a massive backlash against 2D games in general. Sony had a policy in place specifically restricting 2D games on PlayStation. Sega had to quickly overhaul Saturn’s design before release to make 3D more of a priority. Nintendo was working with Silicon Graphics. SNK was a small player in Japan and in the world that was focused on arcade games. They made incredible stuff that frankly has proven to be timeless in its appeal as the legend of the Neo Geo has probably only grown since then. It was a true enthusiast machine though, whether you bought an AES or the CD unit later on. $399 for a Neo CD that had a single speed CD drive was just not gonna fly against Saturn and PlayStation with their faster CD drives and better hardware. Cart systems were five years old by then, but the carts sold for $300 each new. It could never be a mainstream home system, although you got the exact arcade experience at home that everyone else put quarters into in the arcades.
I had a Neo AES in 1994 as they started blowing them out. It was worth every penny. It’s still probably my most prized gaming system today.