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question4477

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I have always felt that games from the Playstation one had more of a magic and other worldly feel to them, I think this had a lot do with the graphics being bad for some reason.

I was wondering if it would be possible to get a game like GTA V and completely downgrade only the graphics to PS1 quality but retain the interactivity and pretty much everything else about the game.

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Re: Would it be possible to render new games into older style graphics
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2016, 08:44:13 pm »
I don't know what we have for real time rescaling but if you have the PC version then I am sure you could downgrade the textures and then maybe render things at a lower resolution, possibly even interlaced PAL and NTSC low. The same stuff that helps people do widescreen and such like for games that do not take it might also help you here, http://www.wsgf.org/mgl being a good jumping off point there.
If you are good you might even be able to chain it with a CRT emulation filter http://bogost.com/games/a_television_simulator/

If you would rather go hardware then it is possible -- I do have a VGA downscaler around here somewhere aimed at early plasma screens and that might do well for such a thing if software is not an option. As nobody should want one any more you can probably pick one up for not a lot.

Whether you would want to go all the way and reduce draw distances and add fog is a different matter, a lot of games of the time had their levels designed for it though (go back and play mario kart 64 and watch for the track design that sees you have a limited visual range) where later stuff was quite the opposite.

On consoles it is a bit harder, however the same thing that sees people do texture mods for games would also do for what you want.

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Re: Would it be possible to render new games into older style graphics
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2016, 08:53:25 pm »
Yeah I was definitely thinking more along the lines of an emulator. I was just wondering how conceivable it would be to turn the graphics from this:

http://s5.postimg.org/4vqw6bq7r/GTA5_2015_05_11_22_38_13.jpg

Into this:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/sM1Dcxwj7A4/maxresdefault.jpg

This would probably seem bizarre to most but it's just something that I have noticed. Old games to me were far more immersive and it seems to have something to do with the 'bad' graphics - What I would be looking for is just for the graphics to be downgraded but not the other central features of modern games such as the vast landscapes, interactivity, development etc which would mean that it would still need modern hardware and software being utilised.

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Re: Would it be possible to render new games into older style graphics
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2016, 10:38:11 am »
To be honest, I think you'd struggle a lot by doing this. Remember, it's not like the NES games in 3D. The difference between an old PS1 or N64 game and a modern one comes from things like the lower poly models, the muddy and compressed textures, etc. To make what you want, you'd have to somewhat swap out all the models and textures in a level. It's not like some shader or lighting tech you could apply on the fly.

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Re: Would it be possible to render new games into older style graphics
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2016, 10:23:17 pm »
Yes, people insert new models into things like GTA IV all the time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeSdSrCKp-8

But doing it consistently for every model in the game would be quite laborious.
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