Hello Skooter Blog readers, Today I talk about a Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output (RGB Cable with Audio and Guncon output) acquired on Play-Asia.
Those who follow Skooter Blog knows that I have acquired a RGB SCART cable for my Mega Drive and another RGB SCART cable for my Super Nintendo. With the help of a SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI (SCART + HDMI to HDMI Video Converter – Black) I connect these classic consoles in modern TVs using HDMI cable and upscale to 1080p. The image via SCART RGB is the best which can be achieved with the original hardware of these old consoles, without requiring any modification, well above the composite and even more superior than the image via RF cable.
Now it is the time of the Playstation One. This is a console that to me does not have the same appeal as those of my childhood, like the Mega Drive and the Super Nintendo. In my teens I went through a phase where I only played on the PC, emulators of classic consoles or PC games. Ended up getting the Playstation One late, when the Playstation 2 was already to be released (or already released, I do not remember exactly). On the other hand, it was the first console I bought myself, with my salary. And the second was only the Playstation 3 long after.
But with Mega Drive, the Super Nintendo and the Playstation 3 ready to play, all with the best possible image, I did not want to leave the Playstation One jealous and decided to let him also connected :). The Super Nintendo and the Mega Drive also gained new life because of the SD2SNES and the Mega Everdrive, beyond the image greatly improved the RGB SCART cables. In the Playstation One I already had a good library of games and a good image provided by the S-Video output, something that did not exist a generation ago. But TVs with S-Video input are endangered, then sooner or later I would end up having to connect it through composite cable again.
That is where it comes the Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output. With it you can get an even better picture than the S-Video cable, comparable to the component video, which was the best picture that could be obtained until the arrival of HDMI. Connecting the cable to the SCART cables switch 4 to 1 (Professional Scart cable switch box Quality 1 - 4 way) you can select from Mega Drive, Super Nintendo and Playstation One easily.
As soon as the Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output arrived, I made the connections and had a beautiful letdown. The image was really bad and I soon realized it was only working with composite video (which is also present in the SCART outputs). The RGB output was not working. I decided to open the cable to see if something was wrong. I compared the cable with the diagram I found this site and that I reproduced below. I soon realized that this resistor of 180 ohms which is between the pin 8 and pin 16, coming from the 5V pin output from the Playstation, did not exist. The pin 16 was disconnected.
Also according to the page Game Console RGB SCART Cable Diagrams, the SCART specifications claim that the pin 16, called RGB status in, should be fed with something between 1V and 3V. As the console only provides 5V, a resistor in the 5V line does the job. It is possible that some TV work without receiving this signal, but it is not the case with my SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI (SCART + HDMI to HDMI Video Converter – Black). And no point to blame the converter, as this is something that is in the specification. It is the Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output which should have this link, but it doesn't. Then the converter thinks you have no RGB signal and decides to show the composite video signal.
In the meantime I had sent an email to Play-Asia saying: “The SCART RGB cable does not work on my Playstation One. It’s outputing only composite video, no RGB at all.” and the answer did not help: “Please make sure that your tv support RGB input.”. Yes, I'm sure my converter supports RGB, after all the Mega Drive SCART RGB cable and the Super Nintendo SCART RGB cable worked perfectly.
So I decided that I would put the missing resistor myself and see how it would work. Passed through an electronics store and bought some resistors of 180 ohms. As they cost R$ 0,10 each one, I thought it would be better to bring more, because only with the gas to arrive at the store I spend around 20 vezes isso ou mais 🙂 ou então perco um par de horas de bicicleta.
With the help of LodeStar Solda paste 50g (LodeStar Soldering Paste (50g)) and the Support for Soldering Iron Third Hand with Magnifier and 2X, I have soldered the small resistor between pins 8 and 16. The result can be seen in the photos. Ignore a tin tip on the leg of the resistor, it was a residue left on the tip of the soldering iron. And that's because I have here the Cleaner Soldering Iron Tip Black and the Cleaning Pads for Bridge Welder temperature tolerant, which just serves this purpose. :/ Anyway I was proud of myself for the result, I thought I would end up ruining the cable or resistor with my lack of skill with these things.
I closed the cable repaired, I connected the Playstation One and now yes, RGB image very clear and color-wealth coming to the SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI, being converted to 1080p and displayed on my TV with a quality that I had never seen in a Playstation One. For an attempt to repair without further guarantees, the result made me very happy.
The image is way better than the composite video from the unmodified cable. The most obvious gain is 2D games, like Street Fighter. 3D games and videos have many compression artifacts, that CRT TVs disguised a little, but become more evident in high-definition modern TVs. But, anyway, image via RGB SCART cable is still the best that can be obtained with the Playstation One original hardware . Unfortunately the photos do not do justice to the beautiful color and clarity offered by cable. Mainly the colors, were slightly damaged in photos, but great on the screen.
My Playstation One is the North American version, transcoded to the PAL-M system. But Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output, with the modification of the resistor, should work on any version of Playstation and Playstation 2, of any region and any model. The cable has a stereo RCA audio output for the case of RGB SCART converter -> HDMI does not support audio. My SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI supports audio, so did not need these outputs. There is also a video RCA output, to be connected to Guncon guns. I have no Guncon gun, so have not tested this functionality. But it is good to know they thought in that too.
The purchase on Play-Asia was made in 24/02/2013 and shipped the day following. The trace appeared as posted on 27/02. It arrived in Brazil in 01/03 and on day 11/03 the package was delivered.
|11/03/2013 11:07||CSD (Removed)||Delivery Effected|
|11/03/2013 09:08||CSD (Removed)||Out for delivery|
|06/03/2013 08:44||INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – CURITIBA/PR||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
|01/03/2013 18:10||HONG KONG||Routed|
|M traveling to TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL|
|27/02/2013 19:08||HONG KONG||Posted|
The package came described as containing "video cable" with a declared value of US $ 2,50 and declared weight of 130 grams. Came marked as "Merchandise" (Merchandise). It was not taxed.
And I'm ending here the article on Playstation SCART RGB cable 1/2 with Audio and Guncon output (RGB Cable with Audio and Guncon output). Only recommend it if you are willing to solder the resistor 180 ohms or ask someone to do it. It may not even be necessary in some TVs / converters, but the risk is all yours. Since the resistor is placed, the cable should work perfectly on any TV / converter. If you also want to buy games and video game accessories in Play-Asia, directly from Hong Kong,click here and good shopping. Recommend this article to your friends if you like.