Maybe so, but they do get the results. I don't care about much else - most of the PC emulation is accurate enough for me - but 0-1 frames of lag is not to be sniffed at.
Agreed. Latency sucks.
But, that's why we use real hardware on a CRT, isn't it?
If an FPGA VCS is a product I'm selling, I can't just pipe out the raw VCS output. Many displays will choke. It's a customer service nightmare. I can't afford the hassle; nobody can.
A viable console will almost certainly need to offer a buffered 60Hz output option and an accurate VRR/Freesync/GSync mode. The video output is so unpredictable; that's probably the only reliable solutions.
Maybe the MISTer project will eventually grow and offer what we want. In the meantime, it's Stella and real hardware.
Excellent points! Now that Stella 6 is running on Hyperkin's Retron77 we can do some meaningful comparisons here between HDMI and CRT.
Try the following experiment comparing CRT and a classic console to the Retron77 with Stella 6 and HDMI:
(And if someone's got an FPGA Atari like that Walkman how does it perform over HDIMI? On CRT?)
Set the color switch to BW - this will cause the scrolling text to appear at 30 FPS@30 HZ instead of 30 FPS@60 HZ, resulting in very crisp text on CRT, and reduced motion blur on HDMI - I can actually watch the motion blur reduce by 50% turning into cool looking highlight outlines on the letters.
Now start the game (button) and on CRT it's crisp and clear scrolling at 60 FPS@60 HZ, on HDMI it's got 50% reduced motion blur again on my HDMI Plasma set.
Now throw the BW switch back to Color and motion blur occurs on either CRT or HDMI by scrolling at 30 FPS@60HZ - this creates the illusion of a large pulse width on CRT which causes motion blur just like the large pulse width does on HDMI.
The remaining motion blur seen on HDMI but not present on CRT is due to the output device and can be made to more closely match CRT by reducing the pulse width but that will also increase flicker; depends what people prefer.
MBR is a new technology I co-discovered with another inventor several years ago (blurbusters.com) while working on a soft blitter chip and advanced 3-D displays respectively - inadvertently fun stuff!
WARPDRIVE is bundled with the Retron77 but here is the link for anyone that doesn't have it or doesn't have Stella 6 on their Retron: