Hey guys, bit of a random tech question here. We're getting an HD TV sometime soon and I was wondering if old videogame systems like the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 will display correctly on it. I'm worried the TV may stretch the game image or cause it to lose detail.
Are my fears warranted?
I don't know if it's the same as on computer monitors but if it is, your fears are definitely warranted. For a computer monitor to not stretch images, you need 1:1 pixel mapping; they may have different wording but there ya go and I think this also has to do with keeping the aspect ratio in tact if it is in fact stretched. I mean you don't want to use 480 pixels out of 1920...:)
I know on my HDTV if I put it on pixel by pixel it will shrink the screen down to the particular resolution of that game, which can be pretty annoying for older games that run at low resolutions, and this is just for my PC. I've read that some of the older systems just flicker on the screen.
I suggest you go out and buy a good old CRT TV. You can get a fairly big one for especially cheap these days.
Just set it to 4:3 and it shouldn't stretch, definately dont have it on wide screen or it will.
You can always build or buy a media center PC and run emulators on it and set the correct aspect ratio for your TV.
Vista's Media Center alone warrants this.
Can the SNES run on a standard LCD Widescreen TV ?
I just stopped by the folks the other day and my mom was playing something with Yoshi hopping about on there HDTV.....Looked fine. Guess its time to pay them a visit again and kick the old mans ass at Goldeneye again....Ahh the memories.