Why You Should Avoid Certain Retro Gaming Scalers

Throughout the entire time I’ve worked on RetroRGB, I’ve had to spend an equal amount of time showing people what not to buy, as I did providing recommendations.  Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try to explain these things, many people seem to think I’m just being picky, or being an gaming “elitist”.  As someone who spends more time researching and testing than I do creating content, this is especially offensive:  When I warn someone away from a product, it’s due to solid proof recorded during testing, not just an opinion.

To make things more challenging, there’s plenty of other people out there – some with a huge following – that blindly recommend things without ever actually testing them.  As a result, there’s thousands of people who’ve wasted their money on the wrong product, due to a bad recommendation.

My hope is the video below will educate people as to why you should stay away from these scalers, as well, as stop the spread of ridiculous misinformation:

  • “A few frames” of variable scaler lag is NOT acceptable!!!
  • You should never use scalers designed for TV signals with video games.
  • Just because someone has 100k+ followers doesn’t mean their technical recommendation is correct:  Without tech proof, opinions don’t matter.

Let’s all take a deep breath and calmly help correct people who are (probably accidentally) spreading this information.  I love the retro gaming community and want to help as much as I can, even if it means sometimes I have to be the “bad guy”…

As a note, Phonedork has been warning us about these scalers for YEARS. The info in my video is nothing new, it’s just the latest in many videos made to demonstrate how important it is to use good scalers.  Check out Phonedork’s perfectly articulated example of bad scalers here at 16:40:

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