Advice for connecting old consoles to modern HDMI TVs


Merrily dodgy
Not heard of that before. This sounds like the only sane solution. What's the upper limit on what these can emulate? I see PS1/Saturn are in development...!

It's a subject of some debate on places like r/emulation. The Altera Cyclone V SE FPGA SoC on the MiSTer has 110,000 configurable logic elements.
To put that into perspective, the Atari ST core implements a fully functional 68000 CPU using 5,100 of those elements.
It was a long held notion that hosting the Sega Saturn's six ASICs probably wouldn't be possible in the Cyclone V, until someone went ahead and made a Saturn core anyway. Currently in beta.

The MiSTer is nice because it's a relatively inexpensive way to get a pretty powerful FPGA. But it certainly has a theoretical upper limit.
There are way more advanced FPGAs available these days so there's room to grow for a possible future MiSTer 2.


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MiSTer sure looks like a nice fun little project. I started reading from the following links and went well down the rabbit hole for a few hours before realizing it.