A question I get from time to time is: how to save the old video games and how to let them ready to be played without having to install / uninstall each time you play. First you need to decide between letting installed consoles or leave them stored. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. Leave installed is equivalent to having the console always ready to be played, however, it is necessary to manage the TV inputs and deal with the dust which inevitably tends to accumulate. Leave saved is like having an extra work whenever you want to play, with the disadvantage of possibly wear out the connections and packaging.
So far I have chosen to leave all installed, except for the most recent acquisitions of Atari 2600 and the Atari 2600, does not yet have a definite place. I would like to have a room of my old consoles, like Antonio Fight (largest collection of Atari Brazil) or a basement whole, as has James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd). But unfortunately I have no room for it (Brazilian homes should have basements!). In a way not need much space because I'm not necessarily a collector. Only limited myself to save two islands of my childhood (Mega Drive III and Super Nintendo), and two of my adulthood (Playstation One and Playstation 3), in addition to a current generation console (Playstation 4). So it's not so difficult to manage 5 consoles connected (and, as I mentioned, I'm still thinking about the Ataris).
In the absence of an exclusive room, or of a basement exclusive, the TV room / living / whatever is fulfilling this role. In a way this approach has an advantage, because I can enjoy the larger screen TV and the home theater, to a sound that emulates 5.1 for old consoles, items that would be expensive to replicate. Yes, I know that some people prefer old consoles in old CRT TVs, but someone actually prefer the sound of the TV speakers instead of a receiver and boxes?
The first problem is physical space to keep the five islands connected. Giving up a clean look in rack is inevitable. So here's what I did: left TV, We have the Playstation 3 and the Playstation One, with some accessories:
Of course, using one of the few niches for old consoles just requiring a certain sacrifice to put multiple devices in the same niche. Then in the niche above the Super Nintendo and the Mega Drive III I have a WD TV Live, Blu-ray Player and Sky decoder. The Sky decoder has an external HD, at remote control extender receiver, at splitter HDMI and an out HDMI Extender by UTP to a slave, and an balun transceiver slave to another point. And it is because of this that the cables were somewhat tangled. Furthermore, in that the niche is VHF UHF signal amplifier my antenna and the divider which divides the signal to various points TV. Many people prefer to leave these items on top of the slab, but I'd rather have them on hand for easy maintenance and a recent upgrade a 25dB amplifier to another 30dB, to compensate for losses dividers extras to bring the FM antenna receiver Yamaha RX-V675 and VHF + UHF to Receptor de TV digital terrestre Ekotecg ZBT-670N. It was a bit messy, but is the price to pay:
As for the two other niches: one is with the receiver Yamaha RX-V675. The other was previously with the Playstation One and the Sky decoder, but they were relocated and that niche is now empty awaiting a console that recently acquired and is on the way. Want to know which? Stay tuned in the coming articles.
But find physical space to allocate the islands is only part of the problem. The second part is how to connect them to the TV. In the case of Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4 is simple. Both are connected via HDMI directly to the Receiver Yamaha RX-V675. In the case of Mega Drive III, from the Super Nintendo and the Playstation One, all won a corresponding SCART cable (Browse through the SCART cables Mega Drive, from the Super Nintendo and the Playstation One). SCART cable Each enters a SCART switch, the SCART switch in turn enters a SCART-converter> HDMI, which in turn is connected to the TV. The TV sends the sound to the Receiver Yamaha RX-V675 via ARC (Audio Return Channel). So to play just select the corresponding console in SCART switch and the corresponding entry in the SCART-converter> HDMI na TV. All this is hidden behind the TV. It is relatively easy to access, but not so easy to clean, and in fact is not very recommendable be disconnecting to clean not to weaken the connectors. This explains the powder that can be seen in the picture.
Por fim, the sources of the old consoles are all connected in this Chinese filter with universal outlets and individual switches, which is hidden behind the Playstation 3, so that I can connect only what to wear. Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 get connected constantly, as do automatic updates. Both the two most recent consoles as the filter with the old consoles are connected to another filter that has proven an extra dose of protection, because most filters are just multipliers taken not just trust them.
And that's how my video games are connected. And you? How to connect / guard their consoles?
Update (10/09/2014): Adding a picture of almost complete rack. It's hard to get a good angle because the room is small, then put two photos to show the panel to the ceiling.