Guide to Getting RGB from your Retro Consoles

While there are many excellent RGB-related websites already out there, I’ve never found one that explained everything you needed to get started, in layman's terms, all in one place.  I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time researching and compiling all I learned into this site and tested everything before I added it.  If I’m wrong, or any corrections need to be made, feel free to contact me, but I guarantee everything listed on this site has been tested by me personally.  Please note that this site is written by an American, so most of the references are to US-related stuff. I still tried to include basic Europe/PAL related info as much as I could.

So, are you ready to completely transform the way your old consoles look, just like the pic above???  Let's get started!

In order to display your systems in RGB, you'll need special cables that get the RGB output from your system.  Then, you'll need to choose how to display RGB, which could be anything from an RGB monitor to a new HDTV.  Finally, you'll need a way to connect your system into your display.  I'll explain all of that in easy guides, but I'll save the section that describes each individual game console until the end: 

1)  Introduction to RGB - If you're not familiar with RGB, please read this page.

2)  SYNC - Everyone should read the section that describes what SYNC is.  Even people who are already familiar with RGB may find it useful!

3)  How to Display RGB on Your TV - Now that you understand RGB, you'll need to decide what's the best way for you to display it.  I recommend RGB monitors, but this section describes pretty much all your options.

4)  From SCART to Your Display - This section will provide the cables and connectors you'll need to go from your RGB-outputting game system to your RGB display.

5)  RGB Switches - This section describes different options for SCART and other RGB switches, so you can use multiple consoles on the same display.

6)  Console Info & Mods - After you're done with everything above, you can move along to the final section:  "Console Info & Mods". This section goes into great detail for each console and explains the best way to get RGB from each system.  Make sure to bookmark this page, as it has almost everything you'd need for each system


If you'd like a quick rundown of what RGB is all about, I highly recommend My Life In Gaming's Introduction to their RGB Master Class;  It's a great way to get familiarized with what to expect and combined with this guide, you should have the perfect first steps to get started with RGB!

Summary / Conclusion
I hope this guide pointed you in the direction that best fits your needs.  If you're still unsure if you'd like to make the investment to use your consoles via RGB, maybe try finding a solution somewhere in the middle?  One thought is to buy an RGB monitor, buy the proper cable for your favorite system and buy a SCART to BNC cable to connect to your monitor.  That means for around $200, you’ll be playing your favorite system in RGB.  If you love it, start converting your other systems to RGB. 

If you no longer own your old consoles, but own newer consoles, maybe try this first: Buy an RGB monitor, hook up your console to it (Wii's work best) and play Virtual Console games.  Maybe even pick up a cheap retro controller adapter to make it feel more like the original.  That's a great way to get started, then you can add the original systems to your setup as time goes by.

I hope this guide was a help to you.  If you have any comments about it, positive or negative, feel free to contact me.

Please feel free to check out the other pages on this site, as there's tons more retro-awesomeness to share!