There are two main model versions of the Sega Saturn, plus multiple
motherboard revisions. Luckily, all can use the same RGB SCART cable! Please scroll down for more
The Sega Saturn requires no
modification to get RGB output, just an RGB SCART cable. That being said, in order for the cable to be compatible
with all displays, there must be a 470 ohm resistor and 220uF capacitor on the csync line of each
cable! As an FYI, all cables from both sellers include the correct components.
UK Seller- Select csync from the
Sega Saturn NTSC RGB SCART
Sega Saturn PAL RGB SCART
Sega Saturn NTSC RGB SCART cable
/ Upgrade to shielded coax
Sega Saturn PAL RGB SCART cable
csync / Upgrade to shielded coax cable
Here's an example of what happens on some model 2 Saturns when
you don't have the correct components on the csync line onf the cable; Notice all the weird horizontal
artifacts! Click for full-sized:
There were two models of the Saturn released, each one having different motherboard revisions. The best way to tell
the difference in models is the oval vs. round buttons and the “Sega” logo on the front (as shown in the picture
below). Please click on the picture if you'd like a more detailed explanation, as well as some comparison pictures:
- If you have trouble with your existing RGB SCART cable, try adding a 220uF capacitor and a 470ohm resistor
to the sync line on your RGB SCART cable. Alternatively, you can order a cable that uses luma as sync,
but that might have compatibility issues with some setups.
- If you're looking to buy a Saturn, I've consistantly had better luck with Model 1 Saturns (all US NTSC, I
haven't tested PAL or NTSC-J), but I've only tried about a dozen. If you're a die-hard Saturn fan, I suggest
researching further to find out which motherboard revision of each region (NTSC or PAL) has the best video
output for your solution.
- To be clear, there isn't a "bad" version of the Saturn: All the ones I've tested output an excellent
quality image, provided there's nothing wrong with that individual system.
If you’re a 16-bit gamer and have never used a Saturn, I did a small review of it, but please remember the review
is from the point of view of an "old fart gamer" who prefers 16-bit (and older) systems. If those style games
aren't your favorite, this isn't for you: Saturn Review.
If you'd like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System
page or check out the main page for more