So today I decided to see if my HD TV could play pal games out of curiosity, as it would open up a whole new market for me on my old systems, but I got this odd result which told me it wouldn't be an enjoyable experience.
Bottom part of the screen is missing as well. So just for comparison sake, I decided to pop in the US version of Jet Moto 2 and well...
Everything is muted and Max is quite..Blue. Maybe what its like to be colorblind, not sure. It did flicker in and out of the proper color a few times and it wasn't the cord itself.
Post by Ninetails2000 on Jul 21, 2019 0:00:21 GMT -5
Sorry for bumping this old topic, but this is actually something of an issue for modern HD and Smart TVs. Basically, cheaper models of tvs will often skimp out on the diversity and coverage of it's video signal firmware, so they'll sometimes have trouble reading older types of video signals like those from older game consoles, video players and the like. I've actually had to deal with this when bringing my PS2 onto my smart TV and I found a few workarounds for these kinds of compatibility issues. Not sure about how PAL conversion would work since I use NTSC consoles and games exclusively but it should help none the less.
If you haven't tried already, try using Component Cables. Any TV worth it's price tag nowadays will have have it available and even without trying to work around video issues, it's an incredibly worthy investment for the crispy video quality. This sometimes isn't enough however.
PSX games use a lot of wonky video resolutions that it swaps through on the fly in order to keep games running quickly. So say, for a simplified example, you could be running at 1000x500 at 1080p for menus and loading screens, but then the gameplay itself would be 800x400 at 240p. Modern TVs without the proper firmware tend to read the signal as garbage, meaning stutters, blackouts and other video glitches. Oftentimes it'll just refuse to play certain PSX games at all past the BIOS screen.
The solution for this issue is two-fold: A Composite to HDMI or straight PS2 to HDMI converter and an Scart / HDMI to HDMI 720P 1080P HD Video Converter Monitor Box. The Composite to HDMI converter is pretty self explanatory and is really useful in making it easier to hook up those old consoles to modern TVs if you don't want to bother with composite cables. I went with Composite to HDMI because I already had the composite cables on hand and it felt like the more cost effective option since it could cover any Composite capable devices. The real secret is the HDMI video converter box. It'll take all the signals fed into it and convert them into a consistent signal type that modern TVs can actually tangle with.
Tried it out with a good handful of old PSX games like Rollcage, Bust-A-Groove, Speed Punk and yes, Jet Moto 3 and they're all smooth as ice. The only real problems with this set up are the amount of extra crap you have to buy and have hooked up to the TV with at least one of the devices needing an external power source. Also whenever a PSX game sneakily changes it's resolution, the converter box will have to re-adjust, which leads to a blackout for a few seconds as if you had changed the video source. A small price to pay if you play a lot of PSX games that would otherwise not want to work.