16bit fans are going to want to take notice of HD Retrovision’s Kickstarter campaign to bring retro consoles to the high-definition era.
Using already existing composite ports, HD Retrovision’s component cables will allow you to play your favorite games in HD without having to mod your console.
“The whole point of the company is to allow you to play the old systems on this newer technology,” said Stephan of HD Retrovision.
Their campaign is now fully funded as of this post, and they are close to reaching their first set of stretch goals, which includes R&D for other consoles such as Neo Geo.
A few weeks ago, Dustin and I got to chat with Nick and Stephan of HD Retrovision about their Kickstarter campaign, which we are both pretty excited about. Having an out-of-the box product is perfect for gamers like me who are not experienced with customizing and using tools like dremels or soldering irons.
Unfortunately, we had some technical problems on our side, and we are unable to release the podcast as planned (booooo!). However, it’s not a total loss. I can share with you some details on how this project sprang to life.
Nick and Stephan grew up together playing video games and later studied electrical engineering.
Stephan initially owned a Super Nintendo but bought a Genesis while in college. “I plugged it in with the official Genesis composite video cable, and I’m like, ‘Is something wrong with my Sega Genesis? Why can’t I read this text?’” he said.
After looking for ways around the picture quality issue, Stephan went and bought a converter box, but he was unsatisfied with that solution. “I looked at it, and it was labeled all wrong,” he said. “I put it down… and I’m like, I’m going to make my own.”
The device has evolved since 2007. After realizing they could make the devices smaller and more affordable, the pair looked at mass producing them.
Another challenge HD Retrovision is working to help retro gamers overcome is that composite cables are becoming obsolete.
Some modern TVs may not even have composite ports at all. “Eventually I upgraded to a big 50” plasma TV,” Nick said, “and I went to go hook up my Dreamcast, not even thinking about it, and I was like, ‘Oh, well, guess I’m not playing Dreamcast anymore.”
As a gift, Stephan created a Dreamcast component cable for Nick. “I didn’t say anything about it to him, and I went on this whole adventure of gathering Dreamcasts, measuring them, getting the right signals, and then I built this one-off prototype,” Stephan said.
Sega Dreamcast research and development also happens to be one of their campaign’s stretch goals.
Their Kickstarter campaign ends Monday, December 1st at 12:06 PM. Click here to visit their campaign.