Webcams are hard to find right now, but you still have alternatives. Wyze, Sony, and others have released firmware to turn your existing camera into a webcam. But what if you̵
If you’re looking for a good reason to turn a Game Boy camera into a webcam, you won’t find one. But for a plausible reason, you can always reach out to Reddit. Over on the Game Boy subreddit, a user explained his dilemma.
You must be on a video call for a professional development test and that comes with strict rules for the test. After some deliberation, the user decided that a Game Boy camera would meet all the requirements and serve as a painful thank you for all the annoying rules.
Sounds like as good an excuse as any other! But is it possible to turn your Game Boy camera into a webcam? Bernard Capulong, the man with the plan.
– Bernard (@bernardcapulong) September 1, 2020
As he explains in a recorded Zoom call from his Game Boy webcam, he first had to connect the camera to a Super Game Boy 2. The Super Game Boy 2 acts as a cassette adapter to convert Game Boy games to Super Nintendo and play the portable games on your TV.
Next, he plugged the cassette into an analog Super NT, a third-party newly created “Super NES” that adds an HDMI output. This is connected to an external capture card that sends the signal to his laptop via USB-C. You can see a picture of his setup on imgur.
GB Cam -> SGB2 -> Super Nt -> Capture Card
The results speak for themselves. Capulong’s video is low resolution, lacks a lot of images, lacks color, and looks damn good. Anyone who loved the Game Boy from yesterday will appreciate it, and most likely everyone else will be wondering why you are filming from a potato camera.
It is not a practical solution, let alone practical results. Between the Game Boy camera, the cartridge adapter, the $ 190 Super NT, and the Capture Card, you’ll be spending a lot of money if you don’t already have all of the components. But that’s not practical. It’s about doing something just because we can. And for that we welcome Capulong and hope that more people will follow in his footsteps.
via Bernard Capulong