Waka Up Scan Converter – Official PlayStation VGA Box :: RGB311 / MY LIFE IN GAMING



The Waka Up Scan Converter is a little-known official PlayStation VGA box that was released in Japan. Let’s take an in-depth look and find out if it’s still any good!

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37 thoughts on “Waka Up Scan Converter – Official PlayStation VGA Box :: RGB311 / MY LIFE IN GAMING”

  1. my favroit VGA converter is the OG xbox by excutioner makes xbox OG games look better than i remember them even on my 720p/1080i CRT

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  2. Hang on, how does 320×240 linedoubled to 640×480 have uneven pixels? Especially when played on CRT capable of non-squads pixels?

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  3. You’d think a device designed for CRTs wouldn’t suffer from issues with non-square pixels.

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  4. If I had known this existed back then I would have bought one.  I had a different piece of junk converter to monitor solution that didn't even have s video.

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  5. 3:41: And what about 1080i for PS2? Or 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p for PS3? Can the Waka upscan converter handle any of those resolutions for either of the 2 consoles?

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  6. Shame this thing can’t handle native 480p. Regardless, the Waka looks like it could be an excellent alternative to RGB Scart, especially considering VGA is more widely supported on HDTVs. (At least a couple years back. 3 of my HDTVs support VGA.)

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  7. This is not even a good backup to even a completely stock PVM CRT because the converter box just wont completely display everything properly!

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  8. Scrolled through the comments to see of anyone answered my question. What game is @ 3:52 in the video? I love the style and I want it. Your videos are excellent and very professional by the way. You are an asset to the gaming community here on YouTube.

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  9. I just looked on EBay and holy shit, this thing is expensive. When a Sony PVM or a convoluted Framemeister setup seems competitively priced, you know there's a problem.

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  10. So is there a difference between using a device to line double and using software to render the effect? I imagine this video has more to do with quality direct from console, however I wanted to know about rendering already recorded source footage.

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  11. Have you tested the Atomos Analog to SDI/HDMI? https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1361561-REG/atomos_atomccnas1_connect_convert_scale_|.html?sts=pi

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  12. Guys are you able to take the digital download theme further, like with the Wiishop channel closure and look at the Playstation Store with a look at what's worth playing/purchasing, retro releases, unique developer titles and also in terms of the better PSone and PS2 ports on the PS4 as I didnt grow up with them but hearing some really good titles were released previously. Cheers guys!

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  13. Just use a PS3/Wii VGA cable on your PS2, and boot any PS2 software with a progressive option. Many of them use the Triangle and Cross method, like Tekken 4 and Guilty Gear XX.

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  14. *TIP: For anyone considering the Waka, you’ll want a new PSU as the one included is Japan only (100v non-switching). I’ve found the Korg KA350 power adaptor is a perfect replacement. (The other option is a Japanese step-down converter).*

    As for the Waka unit itself, I recently purchased one new-in-box and I’m very happy with it. I was debating between this and the OSSC but ultimately went with the Waka. The benefits in my case were:

    – I have a high-end 20” Diamondtron VGA CRT that my Dreamcast is currently connected to (which looks fantastic). I now have my PS1 connected to the 2nd VGA port via the Waka and it works perfectly. The OSSC would have required an additional HDMI-to-VGA converter, which adds another conversion step.

    – The Waka does resolution switching with no issues, while the OSSC (or rather modern TVs connected to it) will struggle with games that do this, as mentioned in the video.

    – There are no settings, tweaks, firmware updates, etc. required to get the Waka working out of the box. The device is literally plug-and-play, and there are zero compatibility issues as it outputs a perfect industry-standard 640 x 480 VGA signal.

    – The Waka has a seperate headphone output on the front with a dedicated volume knob. I have my PS1 connected to external speakers, and headphones connected to the Waka.

    Additional notes: The unit has a VGA passthrough if needed. I use a MiniSLG for scanline generation which works fine. The Waka also looks great on my Sharp gaming HDTV (which has a VGA input and a very low-lag gaming mode). Finally, the Waka is the only officially licensed game console upscan converter ever made, which is kind of cool.

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  15. Is there a device that converts component from consoles such as the PS2 and Gamecube to VGA for use on a PC CRT so you can get 480p on a CRT? And are there any universal equivalents to this Waka up scan converter that can work on all RGB consoles? I’m wondering if using a PC CRT is possible for my retro consoles (240p and 480p)

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