Playing video games on traditional consoles can be a fun experience because their primary function is strictly for gaming. However, when compared to personal computers, there is significantly less flexibility in upgrading the hardware like the graphics card. Usually, the only way to improve the graphics is by purchasing the next generation system. Soon, the mClassic, from Marseille Inc, can help visually enhance console games providing an updated experience and bringing new life to those retro games of yore.
The mClassic stick is portable with the dimensions of 0.8” x 1.6” x 2.2”. It contains the Marseille VTV-1224 chip, 4K Chroma 4:4:4 scaler processor, HDMI 1.4b Receiver/Transmitter and 120 FPS Graphic Post Processor. There are three functional modes including Pass-Thru, which does not alter any images, Full-Processing, which upgrades the graphics, and Retro Game Mode, which is used for the Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Game Cube consoles and older. The mClassic uses Marseille’s proprietary technology, Contextual Processing, to enhance the visuals and provide pictures in perfect balance.
How It Works
No matter how high definition a television is, the images on the screen from all consoles are formed from pixels that can create stair/step edges when depicting curves. A special anti-aliasing algorithm is able to smooth these edges creating sharper, more rounded features.
It also provides a high-performance scaler that can create high resolution images from low resolution sources. It can easily scale up a standard definition image to high definition or a high definition one to 4K without hindering the color processing. This forms cleaner and clearer images whether you use the latest or older consoles.
The previously mentioned, Contextual Processing, ensures figures in the foreground and background are both in focus. It involves a depth of field algorithm that identifies objects both in the foreground and background and determines a zone of interest that results in the best possible image.
Finally, the advanced, real-time algorithms ensure a perfect balance between sharpness and naturalness. This allows the mClassic to create images with both color clarity and details as game developers originally intended.
There is a certain charm to going back and playing old game systems. It can invoke feelings of joy and nostalgia remembering earlier experiences. However, it can also be a reminder of how antiquated the graphics on those consoles were. The mClassic can be a handy tool to bring those retro machines to the present updating the visuals. Marseille, who originally worked in image processing for Hollywood, has taken their technology and applied it to a new field, video games.
The mClassic is being crowdfunded through Indiegogo and can be ordered currently for $79. As of this writing, there are still ten days to place an order and the funding goal has already been reached. They are expected to ship out sometime next month. Though the price might be a little high, don’t forget the versatility of the product. It can be easily switched and attached to any console, including the current generations like the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The improvement is noticeable and it might be worth it to pick one up.