Sony PSP w/HDMI + Upscaling & anti-aliasing to HDTV

Sony PSP w/HDMI + Upscaling & anti-aliasing to HDTV


– Hey guys, Metal Jesus here. Now, you guys know that
I’m on a never-ending quest to convert as many of
my retro gaming consoles over to HDMI as possible. Well, a funny thing happened recently. Two new devices landed in my lap that will help me do
that for the Sony PSP. Now, the first one is an HDMI cable by a company called LevelHike, and the other one is
the brand new mClassic that does a bunch of post-processing. Together they do some
amazing stuff for the PSP when you connect it to your HD television. Let’s take a look. (heavy metal music) All right, let’s go ahead and get started. This is my PSP. Now, I wanna remind people
that models 2000, 3000, and Go all support video out. In this video, we’re gonna primarily focus on the PSP model 2000
and 3000, and not the Go, because the Go actually
requires a PSP Go-specific cable to get video out. And this is the plug that
you see at the bottom here. And it’s a mix of audio
out, as well as video out. And then, for years now,
fans like me have been using these component cables that
you can get right here. Now, Sony makes these,
as well as third parties. This is actually a Pelican brand. But you’ll see that it’s component cables, and sometimes that can be kind of a pain to connect to a modern HD television, because a lot of companies are
starting to phase these out. And that’s what’s great about LevelHike. When they first reached out to me and said that they’re gonna have an
HDMI solution for the PSP, I was like, oh, heck yeah,
this is exactly what I want. And you’ll notice that
it looks very similar to a Pound cable. And it has the proprietary
plug that goes into your PSP, and then it has that
little box right there. And that little box requires power, so it does come with a micro USB power. And when you plug it in, the
little light will come on, letting you know that it’s working. And then, on the PSP,
you go into settings, and you can turn on a connected display. One thing that’s kinda
unique about this device is that notice how it says menu and game. There’s a little switch right there. And that is because it’s my understanding that the output of the
PSP menu is different than the output of when
you’re playing a game. And so, you use this little switch here to go back and forth. And by the way, this
feature here is really cool, and I’ll show you why when we
get to the gameplay footage. The other thing I wanted
to do for this video is add into the mix this mClassic. This is a plug-and-play graphics processor that basically upscales HDMI footage, as well as adds a bunch
of filters and smoothing to the video quality here. It’s designed for modern
consoles, as well as retro. So I thought it might be really
interesting to check out. And then, for this video, I
picked a random assortment of PSP games that I thought
people might like to see running through this setup. All right, let’s take a look. The first game we’re gonna check out is a first person shooter by Konami called “Coded Arms: Contagion”. What you’re looking at here is the standard PSP component cables. Now, what’s really interesting about this is that when you use those
PSP component cables, well, the games themselves
are still rendered at the original resolution, and that is 480-by-272 resolution. And then, what it does is
it outputs that at 480p, but it still has the
black bars around it here. Now, for years, fans like
me have just manually used the zoom on our TV remote to
artificially make that bigger. It kinda sucks, but you know,
that’s what you had to do. And then here is the
same game running through the LevelHike HDMI cables,
and those output at 720p. And as you can see, it’s
filling the screen nicely. You don’t have to mess
around with your TV remote. It just outputs to 720p, and then your television
just handles that. And you’re probably noticing
that the LevelHike cable is stretching the image slightly. So, it is stretching it to 16-by-nine, and that is by design. But let’s go ahead and dig
into that a little bit further. Here is “Burnout Legends”,
a fantastic racing game that I probably talk about all the time. I probably even talk about this too much. But this is the original
component cables, and of course, it is surrounded by the
black bars right there. But let’s go ahead and
artificially zoom that in like you would on your television remote, primarily here so you can you see how the stretching is happening. So you can see that even with
the original component cables, you would still have potentially bars on the left and right,
although fairly small, but with the HDMI cables,
they’re just stretching that out a bit. (Metal Jesus sighs) This is a judgment call that, I think, you have to decide if you like or not. Me, personally, actually, I
think that it’s close enough that I don’t really mind at all. And you’ll see that as we go along here that, yes, it is stretching
it to fill the entire screen, but I think that’s just because the PSP has that, sort of, odd aspect ratio, originally when it’s coming
from the component cables. And here is “Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City Stories” running through the HDMI cable,
and it looks pretty good, but you can kinda tell that
it’s a little bit stretched, because if you look down on the radar in the left hand corner, that’s not, I guess,
technically a perfect circle, but like I said, I still
think it’s pretty acceptable. And it’s funny because I haven’t
played this game in years, but I remember when it
first came out on the PSP, and it was so mind blowing that a full “Grand Theft Auto” game was running on a handheld. At the time, it was amazing. Also, I should mention that the audio is also coming through the
HDMI cable to your television. Now, I would play a little bit of audio in “Grand Theft Auto”, but,
yeah, the radio stations would probably give me a
YouTube copyright claim in about three seconds flat. It’s at this point in the
video that I wanna introduce the mCable Classic to the mix here. This is that graphics
processor that you can plug in, and it will upscale the
HDMI footage to 1080p, as well as do some things
like post-processing and smoothing and things like that. This is “Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters”. And again, this is running through the LevelHike HDMI cable, and then, also through that mCable Classic. And I’ve slowed the footage down to about 70% of normal
speed to try to help show, kind of, what it’s doing. So now, this footage is running at 1080p into my Elgato Game Capture. I think it looks pretty good. It looks pretty close
to a PlayStation 2 game, don’t you think? (rhythmic percussive music) But then, here’s the same game. However, I’ve removed that
mClassic from the chain, so we’re now down to 720p, and
some of the post-processing and smoothing has been removed. And again, I know it’s fairly subtle, but trust me, when you play these games with the mClassic mixed
in there with the HDMI, and then you go back,
you can definitely tell. Here is “SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2”, a fantastic game I
absolutely love on the PSP. Now I chose this level,
because there’s a lot of shadow in here, and also because it’s snow, there’s definitely some contrast going on. And with the HDMI cables, I think, again, it looks pretty good. I do think it’s definitely
on the dark side as far as the blacks, but you know, not terrible at all. And then, here is the same level, but I’ve put back in the
mClassic and have the smoothing. So now, we’re outputting to 1080p. And again, I know it’s kind of hard to tell the difference on a YouTube video, but the differences are subtle. It’s probably adding, maybe,
10% to the overall quality, the smoothing in it. It’s not a huge difference,
but I do like it. – [Soldier] Moving, sir,
contacts are moving. (gun firing) Mark one for Wraith. – [Metal Jesus] I think this
footage might illustrate the differences a little better. So, here is “Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X”. And we’re gonna start off
with the smoothing turned on. And then, we’re gonna transition over to smoothing turned off. Yeah, I think that there
is a noticeable difference. And if we zoom in on the character, I think it’s very obvious. So, on the left, you have smoothing. And on the right, it’s
just the HDMI cable. Here is one of the mid-level bosses. And you can compare the footage
side-by-side here, as well. Now, let’s go ahead and take
a look at “Hot Shots Golf”. So, this is the HDMI cable, and I’ve also put in front
of that the mClassic, so it’s doing upscaling to
1080p, as well as the smoothing. (dog barks) And then, here is the
HDMI cable just by itself. Very subtle differences. Again, both of ’em are great solutions, but together, they work really well. – [Announcer] On the green. Go for a birdie. – [Metal Jesus] Now let’s
go ahead and check out “Marvel Ultimate Alliance”
running on the PSP. And this one, I’d expected
to see more of a difference, and there really isn’t one. So, here is the LevelHike HDMI cable, and yeah, it looks
great, although be aware that this game definitely
has some frame rate issues. That has nothing to do with the cable. It’s just that some PSP games actually run maybe under 30 frames a
second, so just be aware. And then, here is the same game
with the mClassic plugged in and the upscaling and smoothing. Can you tell a difference? Uh, not really, in my opinion. It could just be this level
and maybe how dark it is, but yeah, I mean, I guess it doesn’t hurt. Here is “Daxter”, and again,
this is the HDMI cable, but it also has the mClassic plugged in. So, it’s upscaling to 1080p and
has the smoothing turned on. And I feel like “Ratchet &
Clank”, this game and its engine, actually benefits quite a bit from that extra little bit of horsepower. And then, here is pretty
much the same level, same scene, but without the mClassic and smoothing turned on. Again, it looks and plays great, but it’s just lacking that
little extra amount of polish to make it look like an actual PS2 game. Also, LevelHike let me
know that they’re looking into an issue where if
you use their HDMI cable while your PSP is plugged
in and being charged that you may run into some video issues. Now, honestly, I didn’t
run into that with mine, so I’m not sure what’s going on there. But they wanted me to let you know that they’re looking into the issue, and you shouldn’t have any problems if you’re just running
off of your battery. And I do wanna mention that switch that is on the top of the HDMI device. What that does is adjust the zoom level depending on where you are on your PSP. So, if you are at the main
menu, you choose menu, and that basically zooms
it out a little bit. And then, when you go into the game, you can zoom into game mode. And that basically fills the screen. And that’s really nice, because the PSP is kind of weird like that. But in all honesty, I
just leave it in game mode and it plays fine. So you’re probably wondering
how much all this costs. Well, the HDMI cables from
LevelHike will set you back $40. And then, the mClassic is
selling for around $100. But keep in mind, you don’t
have to use the mClassic. I just thought it was actually
a nice little seasoning on top of the video signal. And the cool thing about the mClassic is you don’t have to
use it just for the PSP. You could put it on the output of your PlayStation 3, your Xbox 360. Whatever has HDMI out, it
will actually work with, including things like the
RetroTINK, and so much more. It’s very versatile, and you can use it in pretty much most of your game room. And I’m gonna put links down
in the video description below so you can find out more
information about these if you wanna check ’em out. But as you can see, I was pretty excited to get this solution for the PSP. I love collecting for
that little handheld. It’s so awesome. All right, guys, thank you
very much for watching. Thank you for subscribing, and take care.

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100 Replies to “Sony PSP w/HDMI + Upscaling & anti-aliasing to HDTV”

  1. MetalJesusRocks, PLEASE, in such videos do proper 1:1 comparisons, showing one video and then another afterwards, especially if its tad different doesn't work, put them 1:1 and do freeze frames so we can see 1:1 whats the actual difference.

  2. Just use the emulator and don't fuck with this shit. Too much of a hassle people just want to play a damn game and that's it. An emulator allows that easily. The emulator does it better anyway. A hundred dollars my ass. We just want nostalgia don't wanna pay a hundred dollars thank you.

  3. Mclassic is like $65 fuck that shit. The HDMI converter is only $40 so I do like that for the price but fuck the Mclassic it's too expensive

  4. Mm-hmm… Well, the HDMI + the mClassic but without the "smoothing" is the way to go. Also configuring the TV to the best viewing pleasure will make this look good. I don't have a PSP but I like this gadgets that people do for making things look better.

  5. I never liked the bland, dark color schemes of PS1 color palettes. The blocky aesthetic left a lot to be desired. Mortal Kombat was horrible.

  6. I just bought this cable an though I’m happy with it, it doesn’t do much more than using a zoom function on your tv. I do see it being useful if manufacturers start taking component connections out of tvs but until that point, I’d stick with the component cables 6/10

  7. If only these things could upscale like some of the PPSSPP features. Still not bad, though. Shame it's $100. Also when you include cables, you always run the risk of some idiot tripping over it and yanking it out of your PSP, causing it to never work again. Not that that has ever happened to me 😡. At least we have the PSTV.

  8. Install custom firmware using a "pandora battery" and "pandora memory stick".

    Then you can overclock the psp to run at 333mhz and it will help increase framerates in most games.

  9. Yo man I’m looking for some help but I’m not sure if you could help but I’m trying to find a game that I’m pretty sure that was on the PSP and from my vague memory it was a platform fighting game and I only vaguely remember 2 of the characters, these being a mummy that I think had multiple limbs and a British pilot in a red suite I think. That’s all I can remember, I know this is going to be abit of a stretch but I think of all people you could help thanks I’ve been looking for months

  10. Whoa wait a second, did you plug the M-cable into the OUTPUT of the PSP HDMI converter box? It's supposed to go into the input if your TV, isn't it?

  11. The same problem image shift,i guess not centered on emulators(not psp games) and others then using output yuv? (i have the fullscreen on 1 tv sony 32w4000,not on 2 others,panasonic 42" and samsung 55" then i have small screen forcing you to zoom)

  12. I can't help but feel that emulation on a PC is far superior to these solutions, especially because you can raise the internal resolution, and sometimes raise frame rate.

  13. testing full screen PSP without Monster Hunter F Unite, Dissidia Duodecim nor Tekken 6 (or some PS1 titles) but instead more like titles that hadnt the best graphics in the first place… if the big budget titles were shown and they looked great maybe that would ve convinced me. Still good explanation and presentation

  14. I wonder if the Easycel Component to HDMI Converter would work as well as the LevelHike Converter for the PSPGO with the Mclassic? I am tempted to try it.

  15. I actually have the exact same tv but hate how it has no scart socket on it but yet has composite which makes no sense to me….I use my GameCube with scart so have to get a scart to hdmi adapter.

  16. Great suggestions for completely destroying image quality from a PSP.

    Component directly out looks significantly better than everything used in this video.

  17. I see you took down your Opeth's Blackwater Park poster and put up a Dream Theater poster. Hmmm… alright – they are also great! ;D

  18. Bill Brasky carried around a full sized Centipede cabinet in his back pocket and let kids play it if they first regaled him with a hearty joke.

  19. I'm usually always a purist and will say "Play on the original console" and with the PSP I mean it. If you want a clean upscale experience on your TV with no stretching and proper controller support please please look into emulation, it wont cost you $140+ 🙂

  20. Just make a cheap emulation box from an old Dell optiplex (cheaper than the HD cable showen), trying to upscale psp games via hardware is a losing battle. Many consoles and portables upscale well but the psp has always look like crap no matter the solution used.

  21. You’ve helped me properly HD-ofy allot of systems…. had to pay the big bucks for the Nintendo mod but folks, if u love the 64 you gotta get it HD modified like that video almost a year back, that Metal Jesus showed us.

  22. I'm interested in seeing a comparison with the original cables plugged into a RetroTink attached to the mClassic. Since the RetroTink outputs closer to the original resolution, I think the post processing and upscaling from the mClassic will be much more drastic. With the LevelHike, it's already upscaling quite a bit, so the mClassic doesn't have much to work with.

  23. Aww PSP is such a fine system.. I still use it pretty frequently.. Mostly for music playback.. Though I wanna get more memory but not sure which cards to get out there right now.. How about another video on that subject

  24. In most cases IMO, it's better to hook up your PSP to a computer over USB, place a copy of PPSSPP on it into its own folder on the PSP memory card, then place a text file called installed.txt with the contents ".." (without the quotes) into the ppsspp folder. This allows you to use the ppsspp emulator on any computer or laptop your might have hooked up to your TV to play games at high resolutions, different upscaling methods, fps mods, etc, all while leaving your save files exactly where they should be so you can play games natively on your PSP or on the ppsspp emulator seamlessly without having to do anything hacky to keep your progress.

  25. I imagine it's been covered already, but it's no judgement call about aspect ratio. The PSP screen is 16:9 so 16:9 on the tv is 100% correct.

    The proportions of a PSP pixel are different from that of a HDTV, so thanks to the lack of an internal scaling chip, you get both the windowboxing and the wrong aspect ratio with the official component cable.

  26. The link to the mclassic is no more. Do anyone have another link ? I also have a question, will one mclassic work with everything?

  27. Your missing the point of the hdmi scaler.
    Your suposed to have a low resolution (source) signal then put it through it will upscale it and polish it. However what your doing is upscaling the low resolution with a bad upscaler, then upscaling that with the magic box, that will confuse it and cause the image to barley look any better if not worse then the original image.
    I recommend a component to hdmi adapter so you put the pure 480×242 image into the magic box then it will do wonders.

  28. Daxter was the only game that you show its potential, but disappointed you didn’t try any God Of War game neither Dante.

  29. U can always get a component to hdmi adapter. There is actually a few different ways u can output your display to your TV but I guess we as gamers always want the best set up lol

  30. You can do that easily with a usbc smartphone and a usbc/hdmi adapter… Just install PPSSPP and plug your phone in your TV…

  31. Very funny video, it really surprised me.
    I have not seen such perversions at all. It seems to me that doing this with the console is illegal.

    Maybe it is better to pervert with the emulator?))

  32. Looks like ass to me. Official component cables, line doubled to 960p with OSSC and zoomed in using all direction zoom on tv is the way to go.

  33. no hay mucha diferencias ya hdmi arregla mucho anti alisin ser los puede pone n64 un hdmi normal y arreglas es mas puede hace algo mejor pero no los hace

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