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Back in the 80s and early 90s, it wasn’t consoles or even expensive PCs that ruled the roost as the most powerful gaming systems. That crown belonged to arcade hardware, which became ever more powerful and lavish in order to wow gamers and keep them pumping quarters or ten pence pieces into the machines. Many mighty arcade systems came out of that time and one such system that’s fondly remembered by gamers and coveted by collectors is the Capcom CP System II, or CPS2 for short.
Now, none other than the legendary Markus Hiienkari, creator of the OSSC, has come out with yet another great hardware project. The CPS2 digital AV interface is a custom designed scaling solution specially tailored to the CPS2 hardware. Tapping digital signals directly from the CPS2 hardware itself, the CPS2 digital AV interface losslessly samples and upscales the output of the CPS2 hardware. The result is pixel perfect digital output from your hardware in up to 1200p!
Employing a similar technique to OSSC, the CPS2 digital AV interface line multiplies the output from the CPS2 hardware to ensure razor sharp scaling and no input lag. Unlike OSSC however, the board has a 40 line buffer that, while only raising input lag slightly, can scale the units output into perfect, standard HDTV/Monitor resolutions of up to 1080p or 1200p. This ensures that the product should not suffer the occasional compatibility issue that the OSSC has, even at higher resolutions.
Currently, resolutions are switched using the CPS2 volume down button, while scanlines can be enabled or disabled using the volume up button, though there are plans for an on-screen display in future firmware revisions.
The latest revision also supports the CPS3 PCB. While there were considerably less titles on this platform, there are a number of games which are of particular interest to fighting game enthusiasts.
Reserve your CPS2/CPS3 digital AV interface now
We’re expecting our first batch of CPS2/CPS3 digital AV interface boards soon. We will aim to offer both installation services and DIY kits for anyone interested. If you would like to put your name down on our waiting list and be contacted as soon as a board is available, you can do so using the page here.
Capcom, CP System II and CP System III are trademarks of Capcom Co. Ltd, CPS2/CPS3 digital AV interface is NOT an official Capcom product.