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Some random Screenshots below, more here:
Well this is the day everyone’s been waiting for, version 3 of my pack is released! A short synopsis, inside you’ll find ALOT of settings for various screens, from arcade monitors to projection TVs and computer monitors, I tried to squeeze in every variant of display I could think of. Some you may like, some you think are terrible, but I think there is enough in this pack that everyone will find something they like. Alot of manhours and months went into working on these settings.
Most important thing first to remember when you first load this pack: 1080p users, turn Integer Scale OFF. 1200p users, turn integer scale ON
Any other resolutions I can’t guarantee what the pack looks like on as I only have a 1200p monitor and a 1080p laptop, but I found that I only need one settings pack on both resolutions just by flipping integer scale on or off. Hopefully there won’t be any wonky scanline issues on other peoples monitors like last time, but if you do don’t yell at me, just let me know in the thread and maybe we can all figure it out together
Some highlights of the pack:
Horizontal AND vertical monitors Every arcade monitor has both a horizontal and vertical version. Now why would you do this?
When you run MAME on libretro, many times games like Pac-man which were meant for rotated screens will display stretched out on a horizontal display. While this can be fixed by messing around in libretros display settings, it can get time consuming going back and forth, and not everyone knows how to do this, so I keep it simple and by selecting the vertical versions it will pincushion the picture in.
Another reason you might want to do this, some games just look better squeezed in, Donkey Kong for NES for instance actually looks more like the real arcade if you squeeze the picture in. It makes you wonder if some brave souls in the 1980s ever messed with the pots on their TV to get a truer picture because almost like it was meant to have been squeezed in the way it works perfectly.
NTSC variants Most color monitors and televisions not only have RGB versions which will give you the highest quality picture, they also have RF, Composite or S-video variants. This opens up the number of possible looks immensely, and you can even mix and match by combining the built-in CPU ntsc filters with the RGB settings of this pack, or even mix composite on top of composite.Also a note to those with lower-end machines, in ALL cases, RGB will always be faster than running ntsc versions, ntsc shaders tend to use more GPU power. But many of these shader packs vary in the amount of power needed so if you get a slow framerate on one setting, try another and it may work better for you.
After this pack I am truly exhausted so if there is a version 4 it won’t be for awhile, maybe if I can upgrade my system one day to a 4k monitor or something (if anyone wants to donate me some money to buy a new system I will gladly accept LOL) and really push the limits, but the focus of my packs has always been to work on hardware that is at least a few years old and on standard resolution screens. I think you guys will keep busy with this for awhile though.
Anyway below is a description of all the settings along with some random screenshots. Enjoy!
Arcade Monitors - Horizontal
Inside you will find variation shaders to mimic the look of arcade monitors, generally these are more bright and colorful than television settings and also feature such quirks as jittery effects or blooming.
31khz Bloomed Simulates a 31khz monitor but with a soft picture and lots of bloomy halation
80s Super Bloom Simulates a 1980s arcade monitor, works best with black background games like Donkey Kong, Pac-man, Galaga, etc. but feel free to try it on newer games as well.
Astrocity - 15khz Simulates the old huge sit-down candy cabs you’d find in Japan where the screen almost seems to go off into the distance with its massive tilt.
Astrocity - 31khz
Same style as the 15khz but simulates a 31khz/480p screen with almost invisible scanlines
Cherry Monitor A spinoff of the 80s Super bloom, simulates an older arcade monitor with alot less bloom but still a soft, low dpi picture
Classic Scanlines Jittery Standard straight line scanlines but jittery
Diamondglass Interesting monitor, the shadowmask almost has the look of etched glass, hard to describe you just have to use it
HQ Semiflat A nice barely curved HQ monitor, more of a “high-res” look
Makvision Another almost-flat look but has a unique blend of razorsharp pixels and blended halation
Nanao Sharp A nice standard arcade monitor that could use a degaussing
Nanao Soft Same as the Sharp but a softer picture
Nice and Soft No description needed
Nice and Soft Jittery Same as the N&S but only jittery
Super Bright & Saturated A bright and colorful monitor with a bit of jitteryness
Thin Scanlines Jittery Similiar to the classic scanlines but only thinner scanlines
Vertical Scanlines No explanation needed
Vertical Scanlines Jittery Same but jittery
Vertical Slotmask Simulates a slotmask with a cold picture, great for vertical oriented games like Donkey Kong
Vertical Wavy Scanlines Vertical scanlines that are wavy in appearance
Wells Gardner A high-quality typical 90s CRT, looks great on fighters or beat-em ups.
Arcade Monitors - Vertical
All the same as the horizontal but pincushioned in to work for vertical oriented games
CGA Computer Monitor Simulates the look of a late 80s computer monitor with a very prominent dotmask
CGA Computer Monitor - Green Monochrome Same as the CGA but with a halated, one-color green appearance
VGA Monitor A high-resolution VGA monitor with barey-there scanlines. Looks great on 640p games like Virtua Fighter for MAME or Dreamcast games, very fast too.
Vintage LCD Monitor Early 90s style LCD monitor with ghosting, available in color or monochrome
Magazine Shader This is a fun one, simulates the printed look of old video game screenshots you’d see in Nintendo Power and EGM mags or arcade flyers.
Professional monitors A selection of high quality color monitors that don’t fit into the consumer category, generally a higher-res look and less artifacting in their ntsc variants.
Amiga Monitor An attempt to simulate the look of an Amiga Monitor
Commodore Monitor An attempt to simulate the look of a Commodore Monitor
NEC XM29 Simulates the legendary XM29
NEC XM37 Similiar to the X29 but a bit more bloomy and softer picture
Offbrand PVM Similiar to the Sony PVM but a softer picture
Presentation Monitor A A nice HQ Presentation monitor Presentation Monitor B Yet another version
Sharp Staggered Scanlines A sharp screen with staggered scanlines
Sony BVM Simulates the look of a Sony BVM with thick and black scanlines and a sharp picture
Sony PVM A step-down from the BVM, high quality but not too dark scanlines
Super-res RGB A high resolution appearance typical RGB monitor
Vertical Scanlines - Broadcast monitor Vertical scanlines that are similiar to a PVM in appearance
Vertical Scanlines - Presentation Monitor Thick vertical scanlines and a wavy picture
Professional Monitors - Vertical A few more pincushioned vertical oriented monitors
Televisions A large selection of consumer grade televisions with 3 distinct categories
Televisions - Curved
Blurry TV As the name says, a blurry picture TV
Boob Tube A typical bulbous TV you’d find at your grandmas house with a picture that has a semi-ghosted and ethereal effect to it.
Classic Scanlines Standard thick line scanlines
Fleamarket TV A low-res standard CRT
Fuzzy TV A unique look that is almost high-res looking yet pixels have a fuzziness look to them
Gritty & Contrasty A real gritty mask with alot of deep contrast and almost maroon-like reds
Halation Soft A very soft picture with lots of bloom HQ Curved A high-quality tube in a curved variant
HQ Semiflat A high-quality tube with a almost flat appearance
HQ Semiflat Variant Another version of the semiflat
Jittery semi-sharp A semi-flat screen with a distinct look, pixels almost look embossed or pasted on the screen
Sandpaper A very rough, almost sandpaper-like mask
Slotmask Sharp A sharp slotmask TV
Slotmask Soft A soft slotmask TV
Soft & Grainy No description needed
Televisions - Flat Screens
EDTV A high-quality tube with lots of lines of resolution, a sort of interlaced look
HDTV This simulates the look of how 240p games look on early 2000s HD CRTs, usually upscaled and terrible at it, not my favorite look but its there
Pencil Sharp TV A sharp flat screen that makes pixels almost look like thin lines in some areas
Projection TV This simulates an old projection style TV, one of my favorites
Sharp Flat Screen A spinoff of the standard flatscreen but sharper
Standard Flatscreen A standard flatscreen TV
Trinitron Simulates a Sony Trinitron
Ultra Sharp Flatscreen Even sharper than the sharp flat screen, almost to the point of insanity
Wega Similiar to the Trinitron but higher quality
Televisions - Vintage
Electric Blue A colder looking TV with almost neon-like color gamut
Old & Muddy An old looking TV with a sepia or brownish hue to it
Technicolor Simulates the look of old 60s color TV, think Mad Men Era
The Atari A very dirty RF picture, works great with 2600 and other low-res blocky games, think mid-70s era gaming
The Zenith The standard vintage style TV
Ultra Saturated A jacked up saturated picture with lots of contrast
Vintage LCD TV Simulates the look of early first-gen LCD TVs with some ghosting
Vintage Sharp Similiar to the Zenith but a sharper picture
Vintage-Le37 Edition Le37’s modified form of my vintage shader, thanks Le!