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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.



Ordering


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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nick_from_wolves
Jan 19, 2022

Good afternoon,

I hope you can help me please - I recently turned 50 and on a whim bought a mint Commodore 64G - I grew up on a C64 brown breadbin but I love this particular model.

I have no knowledge at all of wiring/connections so please can you advise if the RetroTINK 5X would help me connect my 64G to a monitor or TV?

Thank you very much indeed for your reply.

Best wishes,

Nick (UK)

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sammicurr777
Jan 20, 2022
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Hi Nick.


You're welcome-- I am glad I could help point you in the direction of a solution! I love those Commodore 64 systems. And thanks to RetroTINK, we get to enjoy them in HD on our modern TVs. :-) Best Regards, Shayne

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Rodrigo Ballon Landa
Rodrigo Ballon Landa
Jan 19, 2022

Please, I wish I could afford it. Why dont make a 5x mini with simple 1080p and no control. Oh well, I'll keep on saving

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Jürg Zimmermann
Jürg Zimmermann
Dec 29, 2021

Hi, I'm looking for an upscaler but not for video games. I work as a video artist with analog video gear and need a good solution to convert the different analog videos to hdmi, from an analog video mixer like the edirol V4 and V8 with composite and s-video. Could the Retrotink 5x be the ideal upscaler for this application? Or does something speak against it? I'm looking for an upscaler who can handle the most diverse media possible. I heard about 50hz problems. I live in europe (50hz).

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Jarrah White
Jarrah White
Dec 29, 2021
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OK, thank you for clarifying your use case. Personally, I never liked the AV2HDMI. A descent video scaler will cost at least $50. The RetroTINK 5X a go will undoubtedly produce a better picture than the AV2HDMI.

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Pineapple
Pineapple
Dec 07, 2021

How do I center the picture horizontally? It annoys me that the picture is off center to the right.

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Jarrah White
Jarrah White
Nov 30, 2021

Quick question: reading through the user manual and firmware updates, I noticed the only output options listed for PAL content are 576p, 1080p and 1440p. Are there any 720p25 and 720p50 options for those of us still using capture cards that can only record 50fps and 60fps at 720p or can that feature be added in a firmware update?

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