{Hardware} Evaluation: The Retro-Bit Prism HD Is One other Nice GameCube HDMI Adapter

{Hardware} Evaluation: The Retro-Bit Prism HD Is One other Nice GameCube HDMI Adapter

HDMI output on the GameCube has been round for some time. Again in 2018, we obtained the moderately rough-and-ready GC Video Plug ‘n Play 3.0, which did the job however got here in a moderately ugly 3D-printed case. Shortly afterwards there got here the EON GCHD adapter (and, not lengthy afterwards, its sequel), and in 2019 a funds choice arrived within the form of the Revolt Carby. All of those gadgets use the identical GCVideo software program, they usually all have one notable weak point – updating them to the most recent model of GCVideo requires a point of disassembly.

Enter Retro-Bit’s Prism HD Adapter. It is also operating GCVideo and presents the identical beautiful HD visuals as its rivals, however the important thing distinction is that it has a USB-C port on the aspect which suggests you possibly can replace it simply. It is also operating the most recent revision of GCVideo (3.0e) out of the field, which is good. Oh, and just like the Carby, it comes with its personal distant so you possibly can entry GCVideo’s UI extra simply (the GCHD does not provide this).

Like different HDMI adapters, the Prism HD connects to the GameCube’s digital AV port (ensure you have a DOL-001 mannequin quantity GameCube, as Nintendo eliminated the digital AV port from the later {hardware} revision), permitting you to hyperlink the console to your HDMI-ready TV. The image high quality is a large step up from what we’re usually used to (except, after all, you are fortunate sufficient to personal a GameCube element cable), making video games seem super-sharp. GCVideo additionally lets you tinker with numerous points of the image (together with including scanlines) so you possibly can fiddle to get the picture you really want.

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As we famous with different HD adapters, the image high quality goes to range relying in your TV. There is no upscaling occurring right here (which suggests the Prism HD does not introduce any lag), so your TV has to do the heavy-lifting on this regard. Not all TVs deal with a 480i/480p picture the identical manner – the method of upscaling that sign might introduce lag or produce a fuzzy image, so that you may need to experiment with a couple of TV units when you’ve got the choice.

The one different actual destructive with the Prism HD is that, not like the EON GCHD, it solely plugs into the digital AV port. Whereas the GCHD did not make use of the analogue port, it plugged into it to offer some much-needed stability; the Prism HD, alternatively, stands proud fairly far and is simple to knock. On condition that the HDMI cable plugs into the tip of the Prism HD moderately than the aspect, you may want quite a lot of area in your AV unit to accommodate the GameCube with this adapter hooked up. It actually would have made extra sense to have the HDMI port on the aspect.

By way of worth, the Prism HD is across the similar worth because the Carby (round $80), however is arguably a greater choice when you think about you could replace it with the minimal of fuss – and it is price noting that GCVideo obtained a number of firmware updates in 2020 alone. Whereas there’s little distinction between the obtainable choices with regards to precise image high quality, the Prism HD is unquestionably worthy of consideration – though in the event you already personal an adapter like this, there’s maybe much less motive to make a purchase order.

The Retro-Bit Prism HD Adapter launches in March. Pre-order info will be discovered right here.

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