Every time a new technology comes out, there is always the temptation to push it in unexpected directions. That’s what YouTuber The RetroFuture has done for the shiny new PlayStation 5.
While this smart new console can technically output 8K signals, Retro Future is moving in the opposite direction as much as possible by connecting the PS5 to a discreet GBA with a screen resolution of only 240x. .. 160 pixels.
This technical black art was made possible using a special cartridge created by May Flash, which boasts an old-fashioned AV connection (it costs over £ 100 in the secondary market, so hurry up and buy a spare replacement. Don’t expect to – these things are expensive). It then connects to another adapter and converts the PS5’s HD connection into a vintage analog signal that the MayFlash adapter can interpret.
What is the final result? Yes, you can play PS5 with Game Boy Advance. To make it even more interesting, Retrofuturism will also try this on the Game Boy Micro, which has one of the smallest screens in the handheld. In this case, PS5 is chosen because of its local nature, but of course you can also link up using this method. Any HD-enabled system to GBA (including Switch, which was unveiled a while ago, but somehow missed it).
Next-generation games with substandard definitions. It’s a (retro) future.