Jump to content
SpesoftPinballXConvert-It
Sign in to follow this  
RIP-Felix

THE ULTIMATE SEGA DREAMCAST (Modding Journal)

Recommended Posts

Interesting. There's a Dreamcast and a Saturn case for the XU4 on thingiverse. Is the N2 the same footprint? Might make for a fun mini console project. I'll admit, my excitement for small form factor computers has waned. They don't have enough horsepower to use run-ahead latency reduction in retroarch, thus the suffer from lag (more than I care for). Does the N2 handle Run-Ahead latency reduction for NES, SNES, Genesis? I don't know if it's enabled in the RA cores for Odroid. N64, DC, and PS1 probably won't work well at all, but are of less consequence than older systems where tight controls matter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not sure if it does or not.  My assumption would be yes.  I've never had much issue with lag and never bothered to look into it.  It uses the RetroArch system for most emulation, and it does all that stuff.  As for the footprint, if you're talking about power, it actually runs on 12v as opposed to 5v for most SBC's.  If you're talking about measurement dimensions, it is about the same length, but maybe double the width of other SBC's like the Pi and Xu4.  It's more square, and comes with a built in heat sink on the bottom.  The current OS is still buggy, and in still in beta.  If you're looking for a solid system, skip it for now.  I'm having issues with the 8bitdo dongle being unrecognized during boot up, and it occasionally loses connection.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pretty much what I suspected. I was thinking of trying an Intel NUC, but the better ones cost a fair penny (or perhaps an unfair penny, knowing Intel). Still, they are too big for what I have in mind. Maybe a full size console gut, but I don't have any bunked consoles. AND I'VE TRIED BUYING BROKEN...lol. I have to attempt to fix them, and apparently I'm too tenacious to give up and call it dead. Why can't you actually find a really broken console on e-bay? I should start a repair shop.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I still really like the retro look of the original NES.  Nothing screams old like that.  So I look for broken NES's.  The funny thing is, 9 times out of 10 it's a simple fix.  They say it doesn't work, that the cartridge slot is broke or something.  There's usually just a bent or broken pin in the slot, and you can buy replacement parts for that really cheap.  But the NES is so old, nobody wants to bother fixing it.  I've got 4 now, 2 with RetroPi (using Raspberry Pi's) and 2 with TheRA (using an XU4 and eventually my N2).  I built a RetroPi for my brother using a Sega Genesis console because that was the one he wanted.  I also have a RetroPie inside an old PS1, but it's dedicated to just PlayStation games.  :)  I don't have a 3D printer, but if I did, there are some pretty nice looking "consoles" people are making.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

An interesting video. I have not heard of the DreamPi! Apparently it can be used to play Phantasy Star Online and download some DLC. I'll have to look into it as that sounds interesting.

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OMG just finding your post here RIP-Felix is like everything I wanted. I only have 2 final question for you when it comes to your monster set up is input lag on the lightconn to much for something like House of the Dead and have you heard of the Mclassic? If not I'd say look it up because that thing with the DCHDMI will be God! It will even up scale to 1440p while maintaining the 4x3 aspect ratio.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/17/2019 at 6:41 PM, Zombiekilldemon said:

OMG just finding your post here RIP-Felix is like everything I wanted. I only have 2 final question for you when it comes to your monster set up is input lag on the lightconn to much for something like House of the Dead and have you heard of the Mclassic? If not I'd say look it up because that thing with the DCHDMI will be God! It will even up scale to 1440p while maintaining the 4x3 aspect ratio.

Lol...thanks man! I'm glad my struggles to piece this together helped you out.

To answer your first question, I haven't tested the Gunconn out that much yet. It does work if you're standing far enough back. I just got a wide angle lens in and have yet to custom print a 3D mount for it. However, the lens should increase the field of view on the IR sensor allowing it to work in my game room. I'm guessing it will distort the aiming calculation causing accuracy to suffer, but that's something I'll test when I get to it. As for the tracking/lag. Chris confirmed he harvests the IR sensor out of Nintendo Wiimotes. So it's basically the same level of responsiveness you can expect from lightgun games on the Wii. I imagine that it's very similar in performance to an Ultimark Aimtrack which uses basically the same tech.

As for the marseille mCalssic, I agree with most of the sentiments others have expressed on the SHMUPS forums, but I don't see it as being completely useless. My main complaint with my mCable Gaming Edition is that it stretches everything to 16:9, even 4:3 content, and I can't stretch it back with my TV's aspect/zoom button because it rudely things It's already in the best mode (stay away from VIZIO). mClassic's retro mode fixes that! So that does entice me to give it another try. I have some real issues with it however:

Spoiler
  1. You will NOT get 4K upscaling on anything but bluray movies. It only supports 1080p24 --> 4k24. Games run at 50/60Hz. Their advertizing doesn't make this abundantly clear from their website. In fact they try to obfuscate this fact and imply it upscales games to 4k as well. Unless you understand industry terms and look closely at their technical details page showing the resolution in/out chart, you come away with that impression. That's not a mistake, it's an intentionally deceitful marketing tactic I absolutely despise. Moreover, the 4K upscale in blurays isn't seamless either. I have noticed artifacting in The Martian which was really distracting, basically ruined one scene. I haven't used it extensively, but did like it for use on my PS3. 720p consoles is what this was designed for and It works okay for PS3/4 and XBOX360/one. So I can see someone why buys an mClassic being able to find a use for it. It's just not the miracle I wanted.
  2. You can NOT turn off the image "enhancments" separatly from the upscaling and Antialiasing. The artificial sharpening causes ringing, and the contrast adjustment crushes darks to black. These fake a more vibrant and sharp picture, but actually result in loss of detail. If you know what to look for this may bother you (like me). If not, you may actually like the changes (most untrained observers do).
  3. In order to utilize it your device MUST already have HDMI output. Either it can do this natively (PS3/4, XBOX360+, DVD player or whatever) or you need another device to convert the analog signal to at least 480p via HDMI. To avoid lag, you need to stay away from cheap composite to HDMI adapters sold on amazon for $20-30. They add lag like crazy. I wouldn't recommend anything less than a RetroTink2x. That gets you from 240p/480i --> 480p, without lag or loss of signal/detail (you may not like the bob deinterlace, but its pretty good IMO, and it's fast). If you already have a retrotink2x, then you could use the mClassic to bump the upscale the rest of the way to 1080p or 1440p (if your display supports it). However, $200 for that combo is more than an OSSC. So unless you already have a RetroTink2x, it's cheaper to just get the OSSC to start with. The OSSC gets you to 960p/1080p respectively (if your TV supports it, not a given as my VIZIO doesn't accept 960p). The OSSC also doesn't do any kind of contrast, artificial sharpening or whatever enhancements the mClassic does. This yields the best signal  quality possible with high quality cables (RGB Scart or component, if your console/mod supports it). IMO this looks better than my mCable gaming edition going from 480p all the way to 1080p. The Antialiasing undoes what you gain by using higher quality cables/connections. It softens the edges too much, making the output look more like composite again - lagless composite sure, but smeared puke regardless. However, 960p-->1080p with the mCable looks pretty good. Not too much AA. The only thing is that it stretches everything to 16:9. On my Dreamcast, outputting 960p via the DCHDMI mod, I thought it might be a good use case for the mClassic. It'll stretch to 4:3 in retro mode, instead of 16:9. Unfortunately, the DC is a DTV VGA aspect, not 4:3. So 4:3 would look slightly thin. This is more acceptable though. I think the one use case that might redeem this product is with the Gamecube --[480p]--> OSSC via the Component cables --[960p]--> mClassic --[1080p or 1440p)--> TV. Taking 960p off the OSSC to 1080p or 1440p via the mClassic could be the right amount of AA. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...