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I'm a beginner retro gamer. What are my options for hooking up an old Atari 2600 console to a modern HD TV or even a PC monitor to play games?

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There are several. I just connect my RF cable to an RCA>F-Type coaxial adapter I picked up and have that screwed into my coaxial inline. You can also have that feed into an adapter that converts the signal up to say RCA VGA or HDMI. There is also the option of internally modding the A26 to use RCA natively. Which again can then be stepped up to VGA or HDMI using an adapter.

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It all depends how far you want to go.


Most HDTV's have no input lag (or significantly less) on HDMI, than with RCA/S-Video.


Your best bet, if this is the case, is to get the RCA to Coax adapter listed above, into a VCR. Composite out into an HDMI upscaler.


This will produce the least amount of lag using an HDTV.


You can also go the route to composite mod your Atari 2600, but with my experiences, you still need a VCR. My HDMI upscaler does not like my Atari 2600 plugged in native. At all. However, a composite modified Atari 2600 will provide a much clearer, and zero RF interference picture, than what RF will provide.


EDIT: I live stream Atari when I can, and this is my known working setup.


Composite modded Atari 2600 into my VCR.


TV gets RF. HDMI Upscaler gets the composite video feed.


Audio goes into my DJ mixer, and I add my mic into the mixer. The master out goes into the HDMI Upscaler audio.


The HDMI goes into my HDMI capture card.


I hope this helps!

Edited by keilbaca

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