Multiple games consoles into 1 tv

ollyjay1982

Novice Member
Hey guys, I'm after some help with a set up I'm hoping to do as soon as I can clear the spare room. I'm looking to turn it into a games room. I'm using an old CRT tv so I can use the light guns in my retro systems and I'll be looking to hook up approx 13 consoles to it. There are 2 scart inputs on the tv and was wondering what the best way of hooking them all up would be? Whether it be via splitters or whatever.
Thanks guys
 

StevieBuck

Well-known Member
Splitters are for taking one video source and sending it to multiple TVs. What you need to connect multiple sources to a single input is a switch. Passive (unpowered) switches can be hit or miss, so I'd recommend looking for a powered one.

I don't think you'll get a single switch capable of taking 13 different sources, so you'll probably need one connected to each scart input on the TV.

You haven't said what type of video outputs the consoles have, but if they all have composite video you could connect them all with two switches like this:

Atlona 8x1 Composit Video Switcher

A basic composite to scart cable would allow you to connect the switch output to your TV.
 

ollyjay1982

Novice Member
Thanks for the quick response, all the consoles have after-market leads which are the standard RCA ones, yellow for video and white and red for left and right stereo respectively. Maybe I'm being incredibly naive here, or hopelessly optimistic, but is it not possible to construct a box with multiple inputs and one output? Maplins sell the RCA sockets as I've fitted them to an old sega megadrive before now. I'm guessing it would need a power supply to carry the signal or is this not really possible?
Many thanks
 

Sy1441

Well-known Member
Thanks for the quick response, all the consoles have after-market leads which are the standard RCA ones, yellow for video and white and red for left and right stereo respectively. Maybe I'm being incredibly naive here, or hopelessly optimistic, but is it not possible to construct a box with multiple inputs and one output? Maplins sell the RCA sockets as I've fitted them to an old sega megadrive before now. I'm guessing it would need a power supply to carry the signal or is this not really possible?
Many thanks
I made one of these from bits from maplin for the same reason. I'm quite techie but I'm a million miles from being a qualified electrician, remembered bits from high school tech studies! Wired composite inputs in with a sliding rail switch.
 

ollyjay1982

Novice Member
Yes I'm looking at a few websites now. I'm wanting about 14 inputs, is it possible to have this many? I've built speakers and done mods to consoles so I'm not afraid to have a go at building one, could you point me in the direction of a good website for a tutorial?
:Smashin:
 

Sy1441

Well-known Member
Yes I'm looking at a few websites now. I'm wanting about 14 inputs, is it possible to have this many? I've built speakers and done mods to consoles so I'm not afraid to have a go at building one, could you point me in the direction of a good website for a tutorial?
:Smashin:
I didnt use one I'm afraid.
 

ollyjay1982

Novice Member
Don't suppose you could maybe sketch a wee drawing and email me it could you? I just need to know what goes where
The websites I've found are American so not entirely sure about certain items. I have a maplins nearby but some of the items they use on this website aren't available there. A bus switch
 
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Sy1441

Well-known Member
Don't suppose you could maybe sketch a wee drawing and email me it could you? I just need to know what goes where
The websites I've found are American so not entirely sure about certain items. I have a maplins nearby but some of the items they use on this website aren't available there. A bus switch
Yeah can do, pm your email. :)
 

ollyjay1982

Novice Member
Bumping this back up in case anyone else can help out with this project, basically I'm wanting to build my own RCA input box to hook up roughly 12 consoles to one tv. I'm guessing it will need a power supply, if anyone can point me in the right direction that'd be great. Found a few videos online but they're all American and they have s-video connections rather than scart or RCA
:Thumbsup:
 

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