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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by jawa2 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:31 pm

Vermi Claus wrote:Here goes...

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Pretty straightforward setup really, just the new TV and a PS4.

Great stuff, Vermi - our first picture! You appear to love having a range of collectibles and ornaments in your living space; they do bring a touch of interest into the scene. Just to the left of your remote, I think I can see a new coin for your collection?

Thanks for sharing, man!

OrangeXMS wrote:It's really silly having two PS4s stacked up (one mine, one my girlfriends) but it means we can have different games installed to each. Modern console problems!...

I gotta say that having two PS4s setup just sounds dang cool.

OrangeXMS wrote:The WiiU is boxed up yeah, has been since we moved here so for two years. I'm more keen to get the wii hooked back up though for GC games!..

Oh, man, yeah, it'd be ace to get these two classic consoles setup and usable again, Orange!

OrangeXMS wrote:...It definitely won't be a retro room, probably more a retro corner :lol:

Hee! My "game room" is a desk with my 24" screen on it. Most of my gaming stuff is gathered around it :-).

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Vermilion » Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:33 pm

jawa2 wrote:Just to the left of your remote, I think I can see a new coin for your collection?


Yep, it's an Isle of Man 50p from the recent Victory set.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Zilnad » Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:39 pm

Jawa wrote:
Tinzilnad wrote:I just have the PS5 and Switch connected as I don't like to keep old consoles.

It's funny how some folk (including myself) couldn't contemplate moving on older systems whilst others just love to bring on the bright and new! I'm imagining that your setup is super slick and modern, Zilnad!


I wouldn't describe it as slick but I try to keep it neat and tidy. :)

I came to the realisation a while ago that I rarely, if ever, used the old machines so it was better to tidy them away and have the living room look neater.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Cheeky Devlin » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:30 pm

Long post incoming.

I've probably got the most convoluted and weird set up here, but I'd break most of it down with the diagram below:

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Handful of things to note:

The Elgato HD isn't used to capture and send to the PC, it's simply used to convert the AV or Component inputs from the PS1, PS3 and Twin Famicom to HDMI, which can then be properly captured further down the chain.

Similarly, the OSSC exists to take the best possible RGB SCART or Component video input from the systems connected to it, upscale it and convert it to HDMI with no additional input lag. It's been a godsend and well worth what I paid for it.

I missed out that the Gamecube and N64 are currently hooked up with a RAD2X cable which, again, takes their RGB SCART output, doubles the 240p resolution to something modern TVs can handle and converts it to HDMI.

My CRT is also missing from this as I've no way (Currently) to split off the RGB SCART systems to both the OSSC and the CRT. Though I should have that fixed soon. Currently only the PS1, Twin Famicom and Master System are connected to the CRT. My Master System 2 I've left off entirely as it's the one system I have that I currently have no way of capturing at all, due to it only possessing an RF output. Basically I'd need to either mod it, run it through an old VHS which could output the RF through the composite AV (Which I can capture) or just bite the bullet and get a Master System 1.

In terms of what this set up needs going forward....

RGB SCART switch. Right now I'm swapping the SCART cable in and out of the OSSC as I move between systems. This isn't good in the long term for the OSSC, so I want something I can use to just switch between them. Problem is that decent RGB SCART switches that don't introduce interference are rarer than hens teeth and not cheap. So it's something I'll probably need to just get over and pay for eventually. Same goes for the Component inputs into the OSSC.

Probably need at least one signal booster for the HDMI signals as the Super Famicom isn't liking being split and switched between so many things, meaning that the signal keeps cutting out.

More interestingly here's what my set up currently looks like.

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Sony WEGA Widescreen CRT (£10 off gumtree with stand about 2 years ago)
PS1 (Looking to mod with an ODE and HDMI output next year potentially)
Master System 2
Sharp Twin Famicom (Easily my favourite piece of hardware I own :wub: )
Also, Wii U tablet charges here.

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Xbox (unmodded, but looking at this later on next year I think)
PS2 - Softmodded with FreeMcBoot and additional HDD
PS3 Phat 60Gb - Unmodded, but very much past its prime. Will be looking to open this up and give it a good clean to hopefully reduce the fan noise.
N64 - NTSC-J RGB modded with Everdrive 64 X7
Gamecube - Unmodded (for now) but using exploit to run GB Interface on the GB Player.
Below the systems are drawers full of controllers, loose carts and other accessories for several systems.

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Main screen 4KTV.
In the cabinet...
Saturn - 50/60hz modded and running Pseudo Saturn Kai cart to allow loading of backup discs, as well as a wireless Retro-Bit controller. Will be upgrading with a MODE next year to replace the disc drive and allow loading from SD/HDD/SSD.
Dreamcast - Currently stock, but again I will be installing a GDemu ODE and giving a general upgrade.
Super Famicom - Stock, but running an SD2SNES Pro (Known as FXPak Pro now) with access to the entire library, as well as using an 8BitDo SN30 Wireless controller.
Mega Drive - 50/60Hz & region modded, running a Mega Everdrive Pro to allow playback of all MD and Mega CD games, as well as an 8BitDo M30 Wireless Controller
Wii (x2) - One softmodded, one stock. Stock one used for GC disc games as softmodded one is acting weird at the moment.
Wii U - It's a Wii U. Not much else to say on that one.

On the shelf...
Xbox Series X/PS5 - Not much to say on these, they're new and both are excellent systems
HDMI Switch
OSSC (Behind the blue Saturn controller)
Switch - Paired with an 8BitDo SF30 Pro

There are other parts of the room, but those are the ones with systems hooked up and relevant to the conversation.
The rest I'll stick in the condense tags if anyone want's a look.

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TLDR - I've spent a lot of time and money getting my set up arranged and it's still not done. :lol:

EDIT: Oh and the XB1X and PS4 aren't pictured here because they're both hooked up to the living room TV downstairs.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Yoshimi » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:47 pm

I have my PS5 connected to a 55" 4k TV in the living room.

My Switch, gaming PC laptop and work laptop are all connected to a 28" 1440p monitor in the spare room/office.

All older systems have been cleared away for now.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Jenuall » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:58 pm

This is the way I've had things setup when I've been streaming:

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Wires everywhere, having to drag out a strawberry floating music stand so I can get my camera in a half decent position, laptop precariously balanced on the coffee table so I can see the steam chat whilst playing... Yeah it works but it's not ideal! It takes a while to setup any time I want to use it as I have to put everything back afterwards and is one of the reasons why I don't do it as much as I would like

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Peter Crisp » Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:58 pm

I have my SXS and PS5 linked to my TV in the bedroom.
My XOX(?) and PS4 pro are in a bag unloved and unplugged underneath the tv and my old PS4 is downstairs being used as a blue ray player.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Cheeky Devlin » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:09 pm

Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:.

That's one of the reasons my set up started to get so in-depth. I wanted everything "ready to go" so that I have the bare-minimum of faf when I want to stream something and to try and cut down on trailing cables and stuff.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by GrinWithoutaKat » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:10 pm

I did a bit of re-arranging in November, and now just have my Series X and PS4 Pro permanently hooked up to the big TV in the living room, along with a HDMI and ethernet cable in a spare spot to easily plug something extra in (currently a Wii U to play Galaxy 2). Previously I'd have the PS4 Pro, 360, PS3 and Wii U all permanently plugged in but realised I was hardly using most of them.

In my little office I have a 32 inch TV with the 360, PS3 and usually the Wii U plugged in there.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Jenuall » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:21 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:
Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:.

That's one of the reasons my set up started to get so in-depth. I wanted everything "ready to go" so that I have the bare-minimum of faf when I want to stream something and to try and cut down on trailing cables and stuff.

Yeah this is what I'm working towards as well, a setup that is both tidy and as close to 'plug and play' as possible. It's going to take some work but I'm hoping I'll get there eventually! :lol:

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by jawa2 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:33 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:Long post incoming...

Dev! Yes! What a post :o :toot: .

It was really neat getting an understanding of your setup and to see the pics. *So* much cool stuff but a few things that I really enjoyed seeing are:

> That cool Sony WEGA widescreen... for £10 :shock:
> A Lego Millennium Falcon :toot:
> That neat Denon hifi
> A Game Boy Player for your Cube!
> That Hyrule Warriors Calamity title screen design is just like BotW's title screen :o
> A cool multi-screen PC setup
> A selection of framed gaming posters :-)
> Master Chief's helmet!
> A ZX Spectrum and cassettes!
> Ring Fit hidden away on the top shelf!
> Wii U Gamepad ready for action :wub:

Tremendous stuff, CD - thanks for sharing!

Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:This is the way I've had things setup when I've been streaming...

I like it, Jen - it looks cosy and comfortable :-D . I had wondered what that music stand was until you said. I noticed that you're reading up on the British Isles, too! Having Dark Souls playing gets you bonus points :datass: .

Peter Crisp wrote:I have my SXS and PS5 linked to my TV in the bedroom.
My XOX(?) and PS4 pro are in a bag unloved and unplugged underneath the tv and my old PS4 is downstairs being used as a blue ray player.

Having a XSX and a PS5 sounds terrific, Peter. It'd be cool to also have your XOX and Pro available to jump onto!

GrinWithoutaKat wrote:I did a bit of re-arranging in November, and now just have my Series X and PS4 Pro permanently hooked up to the big TV in the living room, along with a HDMI and ethernet cable in a spare spot to easily plug something extra in (currently a Wii U to play Galaxy 2). Previously I'd have the PS4 Pro, 360, PS3 and Wii U all permanently plugged in but realised I was hardly using most of them.

In my little office I have a 32 inch TV with the 360, PS3 and usually the Wii U plugged in there.

Wow, Grin, it sounds like you have quite a lot of systems! It is nice to swap systems in and out of action so that you get a flavour of their style. Having two gaming areas is a good way of enabling you to try them out. Great stuff!

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Jenuall » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:43 pm

jawa2 wrote:
Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:This is the way I've had things setup when I've been streaming...

I like it, Jen - it looks cosy and comfortable :-D . I had wondered what that music stand was until you said. I noticed that you're reading up on the British Isles, too! Having Dark Souls playing gets you bonus points :datass: .

Yeah that book on display is "A cheesemongers history of the British Isles" so I'm definitely covering all the important topics! :lol:

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Errkal » Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:46 pm

In the living room I have a Nvidia Shield which runs Android TV, I use that to conect to my cloud gaming pc using an Xbox One controller.
In my office I have a small Windows PC that connects to my cloud gaming pc uaing keyboard, mouse, race wheel etc using usb redirection so the wheel etc is effectively plugged into th cloud pc.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Ironhide » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:01 pm

I do all my gaming on the PC, on a 28" 144Hz monitor with sound provided by some slightly too big for my desk speakers (Audioengine A5+) running through a USB DAC.

Unfortunately the speakers are no longer working properly and will likely need replacing at some point.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by jawa2 » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:15 pm

Christmas CrackErrkal wrote:In the living room I have a Nvidia Shield which runs Android TV, I use that to conect to my cloud gaming pc using an Xbox One controller...

Ah! I recall you saying that you used a cloud PC, Errkal; you're on the cutting edge with that! I can see this approach becoming way more popular over then coming years.

Ding Dong Merrily on Hide wrote:I do all my gaming on the PC, on a 28" 144Hz monitor with sound provided by some slightly too big for my desk speakers (Audioengine A5+) running through a USB DAC...

That's a nice-sized monitor, Ironhide. I kinda wondered if any of the accessible controller options had worked out for you but I guess that the PC still provides the best approach?

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Errkal » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:22 pm

jawa2 wrote:
Christmas CrackErrkal wrote:In the living room I have a Nvidia Shield which runs Android TV, I use that to conect to my cloud gaming pc using an Xbox One controller...

Ah! I recall you saying that you used a cloud PC, Errkal; you're on the cutting edge with that! I can see this approach becoming way more popular over then coming years.


Haha indeed, it's a good way, simple monthly cost for a full Windows 10 PC I can do whatever with so not tied to any store etc.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Yubel » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:30 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:...


Hot damn.

Just a few things I wanted to point out myself:

Samus Returns Legacy Edition - sat amongst a very clear love for the series as a whole.
GBA SP! :toot:
Link/Wolf Link amiibos.

Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:
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Who sits on the frail looking chair at the back? Reckon it would break if I sat on it.

All that aside, the novelty of getting a peak into your gaming spaces is very much appreciated.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by rinks » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:35 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:Long post incoming.

I've probably got the most convoluted and weird set up here, but I'd break most of it down with the diagram below:

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Handful of things to note:

The Elgato HD isn't used to capture and send to the PC, it's simply used to convert the AV or Component inputs from the PS1, PS3 and Twin Famicom to HDMI, which can then be properly captured further down the chain.

Similarly, the OSSC exists to take the best possible RGB SCART or Component video input from the systems connected to it, upscale it and convert it to HDMI with no additional input lag. It's been a godsend and well worth what I paid for it.

I missed out that the Gamecube and N64 are currently hooked up with a RAD2X cable which, again, takes their RGB SCART output, doubles the 240p resolution to something modern TVs can handle and converts it to HDMI.

My CRT is also missing from this as I've no way (Currently) to split off the RGB SCART systems to both the OSSC and the CRT. Though I should have that fixed soon. Currently only the PS1, Twin Famicom and Master System are connected to the CRT. My Master System 2 I've left off entirely as it's the one system I have that I currently have no way of capturing at all, due to it only possessing an RF output. Basically I'd need to either mod it, run it through an old VHS which could output the RF through the composite AV (Which I can capture) or just bite the bullet and get a Master System 1.

In terms of what this set up needs going forward....

RGB SCART switch. Right now I'm swapping the SCART cable in and out of the OSSC as I move between systems. This isn't good in the long term for the OSSC, so I want something I can use to just switch between them. Problem is that decent RGB SCART switches that don't introduce interference are rarer than hens teeth and not cheap. So it's something I'll probably need to just get over and pay for eventually. Same goes for the Component inputs into the OSSC.

Probably need at least one signal booster for the HDMI signals as the Super Famicom isn't liking being split and switched between so many things, meaning that the signal keeps cutting out.

More interestingly here's what my set up currently looks like.

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Sony WEGA Widescreen CRT (£10 off gumtree with stand about 2 years ago)
PS1 (Looking to mod with an ODE and HDMI output next year potentially)
Master System 2
Sharp Twin Famicom (Easily my favourite piece of hardware I own :wub: )
Also, Wii U tablet charges here.

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Xbox (unmodded, but looking at this later on next year I think)
PS2 - Softmodded with FreeMcBoot and additional HDD
PS3 Phat 60Gb - Unmodded, but very much past its prime. Will be looking to open this up and give it a good clean to hopefully reduce the fan noise.
N64 - NTSC-J RGB modded with Everdrive 64 X7
Gamecube - Unmodded (for now) but using exploit to run GB Interface on the GB Player.
Below the systems are drawers full of controllers, loose carts and other accessories for several systems.

Image

Main screen 4KTV.
In the cabinet...
Saturn - 50/60hz modded and running Pseudo Saturn Kai cart to allow loading of backup discs, as well as a wireless Retro-Bit controller. Will be upgrading with a MODE next year to replace the disc drive and allow loading from SD/HDD/SSD.
Dreamcast - Currently stock, but again I will be installing a GDemu ODE and giving a general upgrade.
Super Famicom - Stock, but running an SD2SNES Pro (Known as FXPak Pro now) with access to the entire library, as well as using an 8BitDo SN30 Wireless controller.
Mega Drive - 50/60Hz & region modded, running a Mega Everdrive Pro to allow playback of all MD and Mega CD games, as well as an 8BitDo M30 Wireless Controller
Wii (x2) - One softmodded, one stock. Stock one used for GC disc games as softmodded one is acting weird at the moment.
Wii U - It's a Wii U. Not much else to say on that one.

On the shelf...
Xbox Series X/PS5 - Not much to say on these, they're new and both are excellent systems
HDMI Switch
OSSC (Behind the blue Saturn controller)
Switch - Paired with an 8BitDo SF30 Pro

There are other parts of the room, but those are the ones with systems hooked up and relevant to the conversation.
The rest I'll stick in the condense tags if anyone want's a look.

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TLDR - I've spent a lot of time and money getting my set up arranged and it's still not done. :lol:

EDIT: Oh and the XB1X and PS4 aren't pictured here because they're both hooked up to the living room TV downstairs.

Same.

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Jenuall » Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:01 pm

Yubel wrote:
Jenu-All I Want For Christmas wrote:
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Who sits on the frail looking chair at the back? Reckon it would break if I sat on it.

All that aside, the novelty of getting a peak into your gaming spaces is very much appreciated.

It is fun to get a peak into other people's spaces isn't it!

The chair at the back is a tiny rocking chair that doesn't really need to be there any more. The kids used to like sitting in it when they were smaller as it let them get a closer view of the TV, our youngest still uses it sometimes but we really just need to get rid of it now.

The chest that the TV is on is normally pushed back against the far wall but I sometimes pull it forward to get a better view of things when playing which is why it's right up against the coffee table in that shot. I quite like using it instead of a more traditional media unit as it means nothing is really on display. The downside is that everything is basically crammed in behind the TV:

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Believe it or not that is a picture of things after I've spent some time trying to tidy the cables recently! :slol:

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PostRe: Videogame system setup
by Vermilion » Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:40 pm

This is why just having 1 console rigged up to the TV is handy, no massive tangle of wires. :lol:


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