Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube Review

Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube

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Use the Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube to harness the full potential of your GameCube by tapping into the digital AV out port on most consoles. It should be noted that the retro bit Prism only works on DOL-001 models since the later released DOL-101 revision does not have the digital output used by the adapter. A RetroTink RAD2X would be recommended for HDMI output to DOL-101 consoles. Although this only uses analogue output, it also works on Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64.

The Retro-Bit Prism comes with the latest firmware. Included are an infrared remote control and a user manual. The adapter is snug and sits firmly in the digital output of the console. This also applies to the HDMI and USB-C interfaces.

Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube Review

Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube Review

The product, especially with the HDMI cable connected, is relatively heavy, which is why it slopes slightly downward when connected. Another point is the distance between the remote sync button and the HDMI output.

The Prism is ready to use right out of the way, so it only needs to be connected to the console and TV. The factory settings, in my opinion, are already ideal for the majority of users.

However, if you want to have a mess around, you can use the remote control. The menu contains settings for all output modes of the GameCube: a configurable scanline filter is available for 480p and 576p. For 240p, 288p, 480i, and 576i modes, a line doubler is available to scale up to 480p and 576p. This also allows you to use scanlines in the other mode. Otherwise, there are settings for image properties (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.), as well as those for the output format via HDMI. Settings can be saved so that they are preserved when you turn the console back on.

Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube Review

For power users who run homebrew on their GameCube, it is recommended to take a look at swiss-GC and Game Boy Interface to fully exploit the potential of the digital output.

The output of the Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube is sharp and clean. Also, the colours are very vigorous and vivid with good contrast. Digital audio output is delivered noise-free and without distortion via the HDMI cable. The image can be individualized and adjusted using the options mentioned above.

The Prism provides a USB-C port for future firmware updates. However, since it was not yet available at the time of purchase, it is not yet possible to evaluate the process itself.

Overall, anyone who is looking for a way to connect a GameCube to a modern TV and has a DOL-001 model will be pleased with the Retro-Bit Prism HDMI Adapter for Gamecube.

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