DIY UD-CPS2 Kit

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    • Thank you for creating these boards. It seems as though even for the die hard crt players lag is out of the equation. Now the question is about personal preference, which of these looks aesthetically more pleasing to the player? For tournaments, LCDs are readily available, no more back pain carrying these CRTs. The next step would be to build an FPGA A-Board that would have all the necessary connections.
    • darksofter wrote:

      Thank you for creating these boards.
      I didn't design the HDMI boards. It was Markus/marqs, who also designed the Open Source Scan Converter. I simply teamed up with him to share information and do testing. I suppose you could thank me for asking him to work on it :D

      darksofter wrote:

      It seems as though even for the die hard crt players lag is out of the equation.
      The big caveat is that a low latency LCD must be used. And by "low" I mean a few milliseconds. Testing must be done to validate that, not just reading numbers off a manucturer's tech specs. This has always been the case for scan converters, but I just want to throw out the reminder that this won't magically make a laggy LCD any faster than it already is. Also many LCDs have modes which cause more or less latency, so that must be checked, as well.

      darksofter wrote:

      The next step would be to build an FPGA A-Board that would have all the necessary connections.
      Don't hold your breath. That's a bigger undertaking than any project we've seen on this forum.
      -ud
      Darksoft Multi: CPS2/3, F3, ST-V, NEO ║ Cab: Namco Exceleena 1
      Scan Converter: Micomsoft XRGB2+, Silicon Optix ImageAnyplace
      Monitor: Amiga 1080, BenQ RL2460, Pioneer KRP-500M
    • No real reason to build an A board out of an FPGA unless you really want to punish yourself. The only real reason to use an FPGA is for prototyping or low volume stuff that doesn't make sense to manufacture. Even that market is shifting very quickly these days. Amazing what guys on here have had made, just got my Darksoft CPS3 reproduction cartridge in the mail and it's an impressive combination of efficiency. Custom made PCB components and some hand surface mount soldering (or appeared that way at a quick glance?). Very skilled people here.
    • If including my VGA kit is still of interest, that'd get me off my ass to make a cost-cutting redesign of my board, which would also open up more Neo-Geo kits (people have shown interest but I've been too anxious and busy to get around to doing it).

      For what it's worth, my CPS2 VGA board offers these outputs:

      * VGA 480p RGB
      * Component 480p YPbPr
      * SCART / classic 240p RGB
      * Component 240p YPbPr

      so it'd satisfy people wanting to use SCART, or a VGA port to connect to a PVM, etc.

      @undamned if you're still interested in including that or making it an option, hit me up - I'd be happy to do something with it instead of letting the work that went into the project rot away.

      Soldering a lot of fly wires sucks and isn't great for a finished thing, which made installing my kit a shitty procedure. The way Marq's board mounts is excellent, so if I put together another one I'd want it to work in a similar way.
    • mikejmoffitt wrote:

      If including my VGA kit is still of interest, that'd get me off my ass to make a cost-cutting redesign of my board, which would also open up more Neo-Geo kits (people have shown interest but I've been too anxious and busy to get around to doing it).

      For what it's worth, my CPS2 VGA board offers these outputs:

      * VGA 480p RGB
      * Component 480p YPbPr
      * SCART / classic 240p RGB
      * Component 240p YPbPr

      so it'd satisfy people wanting to use SCART, or a VGA port to connect to a PVM, etc.

      @undamned if you're still interested in including that or making it an option, hit me up - I'd be happy to do something with it instead of letting the work that went into the project rot away.
      Interested :)
    • mikejmoffitt wrote:

      If including my VGA kit is still of interest, that'd get me off my ass to make a cost-cutting redesign of my board, which would also open up more Neo-Geo kits (people have shown interest but I've been too anxious and busy to get around to doing it).

      For what it's worth, my CPS2 VGA board offers these outputs:

      * VGA 480p RGB
      * Component 480p YPbPr
      * SCART / classic 240p RGB
      * Component 240p YPbPr

      so it'd satisfy people wanting to use SCART, or a VGA port to connect to a PVM, etc.

      @undamned if you're still interested in including that or making it an option, hit me up - I'd be happy to do something with it instead of letting the work that went into the project rot away.

      Soldering a lot of fly wires sucks and isn't great for a finished thing, which made installing my kit a shitty procedure. The way Marq's board mounts is excellent, so if I put together another one I'd want it to work in a similar way.
      The idea of a consolized CPS2 system I could take anywhere & connect to anything (HDMI, composite, component, RGB) is the dream of Tournament Organizers of these old games like myself. I imagine a lot of us in the Fighting Game Community would die for these (the original UD-CPS2s are heavily lusted upon for those of us who didn't manage to get em).

      Crossing my fingers ;)
      Supergun: HAS 3.1 .:. 2xCPS2 A-Boards (JP), 2xVampire Savior (JP)
      Screens: 4xSony PVM 1354Q, GAEMS Vanguard, GAEMS M155 (v1) .:. Scalers: OSSC 1.6
      Switches: gscartswitch_lite 1.5, Component
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    • Definitely intrigued with the prospect of an HDMI capable cps2 but a VGA option would be perfect for my situation. Locally we use VGA CRTs as a display for consolized arcades and superguns in our retro arcade tournaments. In the end if I need to I'll convert HDMI to VGA as that's what I'm doing now anyway via OSSC but I'd love to not need to do this going forward.
    • Call me sentimental (but look at my Avatar!) I really like the scanline duplication in the OSSC. Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't the same guy make the OSSC and the digital video output for the CPS2? Maybe the OSSC features (line multiplication, scanline simulation) could be implemented in the CPS2 hardware too? :)
    • I'm in for 1 kit ! Please add me on your list sir @undamned ! Thank you in advance for all !

      Hatsune Mike wrote:

      If including my VGA kit is still of interest, that'd get me off my ass to make a cost-cutting redesign of my board, which would also open up more Neo-Geo kits (people have shown interest but I've been too anxious and busy to get around to doing it).

      For what it's worth, my CPS2 VGA board offers these outputs:

      * VGA 480p RGB
      * Component 480p YPbPr
      * SCART / classic 240p RGB
      * Component 240p YPbPr

      so it'd satisfy people wanting to use SCART, or a VGA port to connect to a PVM, etc.

      @undamned if you're still interested in including that or making it an option, hit me up - I'd be happy to do something with it instead of letting the work that went into the project rot away.

      Soldering a lot of fly wires sucks and isn't great for a finished thing, which made installing my kit a shitty procedure. The way Marq's board mounts is excellent, so if I put together another one I'd want it to work in a similar way.
      THIS is also very interesting if will be possible to be added!
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      Superguns : HAS v3.1
      Scalers : OSSC v1.6 / RetroTINK-2X
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