Coming soon: Sega Megadrive Gaming in 1080p HD (1280x896)

Sega-Megadrive-1080pForget these HD Sega Megadrive collections on modern consoles, all you need is hardcore fans to create HD upscalers for retro consoles. While you could hunt down an XRGB, one Megadrive fan has taken to creating his own.

Portuguese Megadrive fan Jorge Nuno of the Sega-16 message boards has unveiled his latest project of creating an upscaler for the Sega Megadrive. He is currently working at displaying the video signal of the Megadrive at 1280x896 inside a 1920x1080 box preserving the pixel ratio.

Currently, at the time of writing his latest posts on the forum state he is getting close to having a full colour signal, however requires a few different components to finish the job.

He is attaching new images to every post he makes, updating us all on his progress. While the images he has provided look rather scrambled, this work in progress is a retro gamers dream in the making. Keep going Jorge!

Link: Sega Megadrive HD Upscaler @ Sega-16 Forums

Last Updated ( 13 September 2010 )  


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(Link to this comment) TwoHeadedBoy 2010-09-14 16:53
Ooh, this is vaguely exciting - should I ever get one of those HD tellies, this seems like a good enough reason to justify the purchase.
+1 (Link to this comment) hydr0x 2010-09-14 21:12
I don't get these. Every HD television has an internal upscaler that does the very same thing, no? Of course, their quality varies, but if you chose a good one to begin with the external upscalers should be completely unnecessary.
(Link to this comment) Cauterize 2010-09-14 21:51
You obviously haven't seen an XRGB working then ;)
+1 (Link to this comment) hydr0x 2010-09-14 22:57
Well have you seen a really good TV working then? It's the same component, just externally vs. internally. Unless they can prove to improve picture quality on an expensive tv set I don't see a reason to buy one of them. It's like buying an amplifier along with my stereo set because I don't trust the internal amplifier. Sure, I have no doubts a specialised external unit can outdo most internal ones but I want to see real scientific comparisons with comparable tv sets (and not some cheap 1k unit).

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