Game Gear TV-Out Mod

This section describes the three different TV-out mods available for the Game Gear: two RGB mods and a VGA+RGB mod.  As a note: I'm not sure if Majesco versions of the Game Gear can have these RGB boards added.  I suggest using a Sega version, as they're cheap and easy to find. 

 

VGA (and RGB) Output

McWill is currently in the process of creating a web store.  Until then, email him at: order-lynx-lcd@online.de
McWill now offers a Game Gear kit that outputs both RGB video, as well as two different VGA modes: One that displays the native aspect ratio and the other that stretches the aspect ratio to 4:3. Also, each VGA mode also has an option for scanlines, shown on the right below.  Since he's getting the video signal digitally from the Game Gear, it allows him to make scaling effects while having the pixels stay in their right positions and not create any lag.  Each mode is toggled by holding 1, 2 and Start at the same time. Click for full-sized:

 

Here's a video showing each of the modes.  The video's been upscaled to 720p60 to take advantage of YouTube's 60fps option, so any artifacts are most likely a result of YouTube, not the VGA mod:

 

RGB Output mods:

Game Gear's output RGB in their native resolution of 160x144.  The output quality is about on-par with Sega Master System games in RGB.  The only downside is the Game Gear's 160x144 resolution will only fill about half of a 240p screen.

 

At the moment, there are two different places to purchase RGB-only TV-out kits.  The installation of either isn't very hard, it's just tedious and requires soldering to extremely small points.

Tim Worthington's GGTV Game Gear RGB board - Outputs RGB, S-Video and Composite Video
Purchasehttp://etim.net.au/shop/shop.php?crn=201
Installation Guidehttp://etim.net.au/ggtv/ggtv.htm


Otaku's Store - Outputs RGB-only, but includes a controller port so you can use a Genesis controller instead of the Game Gear.
Purchasehttp://www.otakus-store.net/en/home/14-game-gear-tv-modding-kit-controller-connector.html
Installation Guidehttp://www.otakus-store.net/en/content/11-game-gear-tv-kit
Modding
service:  http://www.otakus-store.net/en/game-gear-master-system/44-game-gear-tv-mod.html


McWill's Kit
- McWill is currently in the process of creating a web store.  Until then, email him at: order-lynx-lcd@online.de
The VGA kit mentioned at the top of this page can also output 240p RGB by turning the brightness knob all the way down.  Here's a screenshot of McWill's RGB board vs. Tim's.  They both look excellent, but Tim's seems to be the tiniest bit sharper, both in the screen captures and when playing on an RGB monitor.  Also, they both show a very small amount of interference in the image, but it's barely noticeable.  This picture is actual-size, so if you'd like to zoom in, I suggest saving it to your computer:

 

I haven't tested Otaku's Store's mod, so I can only show examples of Tim's and McWill's RGB output.  Here's a quick video example of Tim's (McWill's 240p is shown in the video above).  It's upscaled to 720p in order to take advantage of YouTube's 60fps options, so as a result, the image looks a bit soft, but it looks excellent in person:

 

 

Other TV-Out Mods:

- I really hope someone makes a controller port mod, like the one that Otaku's Store offers, but uses the Game Gear link port.  It would essentially make a TV-out modded Game Gear into a "consolized" Game Gear!

- You can mod your Game Gear with an SMS controller port and use that for the D-Pad and 1&2 buttons.  A Genesis controller won't work unless you cut the gray select line from the Genesis controller

- There's been rumors of an HDMI mod floating around on the forums for awhile, but I won't post anything until it's more then just a concept.

 

That's it for now!  Please head back to the main Game Gear page for more information.