RetroActive's 'Ultra HDMI' Adapter For Nintendo 64 Coming Soon

Ultra-HDMI-Adapter-For-Nintendo-64With so many displays today relying on the HDMI standard, classic consoles are slowly being forgotten by television manufacturers. While there are solutions available in the upscalers and converters out there, the simplicity of being able to plug and play is anything but present. This is where the Ultra HDMI steps in: a brand new modification kit for the Nintendo 64 which places a Mini-HDMI out port on the reverse of the console.

Designed by the team behind the 64drive flash cartridge, RetroActive first revealed this upcoming HDMI modification back in February 2014. Originally set to provide the console with a DVI-out port, the modification has since come on leaps and bounds with what appears to be a more tidy installation combined with a new Mini-HDMI out slot instead. By connecting directly to the Reality Coprocessor chip on the system's mainboard, the Ultra HDMI directly captures video output as digital RGB to provide up to 1080p HDMI output with audio.

If the arrival of such a crisp modern video signal on the Nintendo 64 wasn't enough though, you'll be pleased to know this upcoming kit packs quite the punch. Not only are a plethora of different resolutions supported (480p60, 480i60, 576p50, 576i50, 720p60 50, 1080p60 50) but the modification also offers a configurable on-screen menu for tweaking more things. This includes the ability to add scanlines to the video output, along with being able to crop and fill the image too. Features aside though, the most important aspect to the Ultra HDMI is that it promises a zero-delay signal with less than 100 nanoseconds of lag when no filters are added to the output.

But enough talk - what does the output of the Ultra HDMI look like? Take a look for yourself as the RetroActive team showcase the device running plenty of Nintendo 64 classics.

Ultra HDMI (Nintendo 64 HDMI Modification) Video Capture

The Ultra HDMI is yet to be released, however, it's worth noting that RetroActive will not be selling individual units. With the complexity of the modification requiring advanced soldering skills, units will be given to resellers who will either sell the kit as is, or provide completely modified systems for use.

Link: Ultra HDMI - Nintendo 64 HDMI Modification Kit

Last Updated ( 07 May 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) Marsmite 2015-05-07 17:35
This is something I'll be buying. I'd also like a version for Wii that includes Gamecube compatibility :)
(Link to this comment) DerZocker 2015-05-08 00:24
This is the first HDMI mod I'd really love to have!
(Link to this comment) Metro City 2015-12-23 19:41
Hi, when i can buy this mod? thanks

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