Newsdee wrote:[*] Nicely finished as an end product in a metal case
Sorgelig wrote:The first thing when I've bought MiST either hide it from my eyes or find a more suitable case.
Sorgelig wrote:I think the big hit to FPGA boards (ant ot MiST of course) came from Raspberry Pi. The cost of RPi is just a fraction of custom FPGA board and it can do much more than FPGA does.
Some knowledgeable guy will see the differences between FPGA and ARM, but for generic user who makes the sales is unaware and buy what is cheaper. Just insert the microSD and you get emulators of almost all retro systems with almost no difference from originals while FPGA is far behind in terms of universality.
Even Nintendo jumped to ARM platform for their mini replicas while before ASICs used for that.
Newsdee wrote:It's true, an FPGA board is to some extent independent from its cores. The MiST was developed exclusively for the ST core at first, but like Minimig the core can be ported and thrive in other boards. That said, one needs a motivated core developer to carry the torch.
The MIST innovated in many aspects which hopefully will influence design of future hardware (it already has with MiSTer):
- Fast "live" core switch from SD card (instead of preloading cores in a flash memory)
- USB keyboard and controller support (instead of PS2)
- Cheapest board at the time (I remember cheapest dev board was $300+ back then)
- Nicely finished as an end product in a metal case
- Available in good supply (Replay had nicer hw but nobody could get one)
- MIDI ports that works with native/legacy hardware seamlessly
- optional ethernet and RTC via expansion
- huge number of cores ported from the community
- simple enough hardware that can be soldered by one person
- VGA out with upscaler (not perfect but something)
- active community on the forum
DanyPPC wrote:Hoping in a future MiST2 platform.
Sorgelig wrote:MiSTer is modular platform which is easy to integrate into some existing cases thanks to its small dimensions. I'm working on integrating it into pi-top case.
Since pi-top display accept any refresh rate, it's possible to output HDMI with original retro refresh rate and have butter smooth scrollers.
So, there are different ways to use MiSTer. It depends on user creativity.
SLiX wrote:but for Atari ST core, other video modes would be a lot nicer. 1024x768, 800x600, or even just 640x480 on VGA would be really handy. I keep hope...
MasterOfGizmo wrote:Having MISTer sending non-conforming HDMI signals to a TV set imho isn't any better than having MIST sending non-conforming VGA signals.
MasterOfGizmo wrote:Having MISTer sending non-conforming HDMI signals to a TV set imho isn't any better than having MIST sending non-conforming VGA signals. In my experience HDMI/DVI screens are even more picky than VGA screens. E.g. my Dell computer screens will accept a MISTs VGA signal but won't accept the same signal converted 1:1 to HDMI on it's digital inputs. In VGA it's fine but in HDMI/DVI it's shaky and off-center and the screen won't allow me to adjust the picture in digital mode at all. That's why i gave up on HDMI/DVI.
SuperBabyHix wrote:That would be perfect for me since my monitor can sync to most of the Mist's line doubled modes over HDMI but my TV wont sync to anything under 60hz. Flexibility and choice is always a good thing.
Foxie wrote:SuperBabyHix wrote:There might be some games and especially demos that malfunction at 60Hz. But from what I've seen under emulation, many will run with artifacts.
MasterOfGizmo wrote:SLiX wrote:but for Atari ST core, other video modes would be a lot nicer. 1024x768, 800x600, or even just 640x480 on VGA would be really handy. I keep hope...
Uhm, the Atari ST core supports 1280x1024 ...
Xyla wrote:Today I read this... and I am now sad. I hope you will reconsider and this isn't the end of MIST.
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