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  • Writer's pictureMike Chi

RetroTINK-5X is Here!

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

There isn't a day that goes by where I'm not amazed that we had the opportunity to create these devices for keeping your childhood video game consoles alive. Thank you so much to everyone in the community for making this possible.

With that said, we're proud to announce that the RetroTINK-5X Pro will go on sale May 1st at 9AM Pacific Time:

The RetroTINK-5X Pro is our first FPGA-powered device and introduces a few landmark accomplishments for bridging retro consoles to modern TVs. Check out the product page for the full details -- here we would like to highlight what we think are the three most important features:

1. Automatic optimal phase algorithm to produce the sharpest image with zero adjustments needed beyond selecting the base mode. We built the first video processing system that can evaluate all possible phase combinations and once and select the best one, all while you play the game.

2. Motion adaptive deinterlacing that can produce high quality, flicker-free and sharp images from interlaced game content. The RetroTINK-5X Pro contains the first custom developed FPGA deinterlacer specifically tuned for game content and doesn't add any lag.

3. Zero drops during resolution changes for seamless gameplay or capture even in titles that constantly change their display modes. Simply turn on triple buffering in the menu and you'll never see signal cut outs. The RetroTINK-5X Pro buffering system is optimized for gaming and only adds one frame of lag.


We've tried our best to have as much inventory as possible on hand for launch. Orders will begin to ship same day, but may take up to two weeks to go out the door due to high demand. Thank you very much for your patience.

Overall, 2021 has been an extremely difficult year for manufacturing with severe shortages and price increases for electronic components. As a result, we've invested in stockpiling key components to help ensure that production can continue throughout the rest of the year and into the foreseeable future.

We anticipate (hope) that the next batch will arrive in June, with stable ongoing inventory thereafter.

What's Next

The RetroTINK design approach has always focused on simplicity - or put more succinctly- "play the damn game"!

We're now far along enough that we can share our next project: the "5X Direct". As you might expect from the picture, the 5X Direct takes the 5X Pro and miniaturizes with console specific connectors for the best possible quality image from a stock system with zero guesswork in sourcing the right cabling.

The first consoles will be SNES, PS1/2 with Saturn, Genesis and more following later. Each version of the 5X Direct will have custom tailored firmware and settings optimized for each console.

Look for this in the coming months and as always, thank you everyone for making all of this possible.


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