I never thought it was possible, upgraded graphics thanks to an HDMI cable, what is this magic, well it’s true the mCable from Marseille does exactly that, improves your game’s visuals in ways I thought was impossible, and makes it possible.
Their claims seem mind-boggling when you read it on their website, you could be looking at it and thinking, what a crock of shit, no way this has to be fake or pure lies. As a quote from the Fresh Prince himself
Now, this is a story all about how
my life got flipped turned upside down
and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I become a believer in the Gaming mCable.
Not going to lie the cable piqued my interest after reading about it online and I really wanted to check out out for myself, can not trust everyone and everything online, can you?
First off then the cost, for the version I have which is 6ft look the cost is $129 which is around £107.00. For an HDMI cable, you might be thinking I was off my rocker, but wait and see as you will be like me gobsmacked over the cables improvement, it is like there is a little wizard living inside casting spells all the time.
Features of the mCable include the following;
- Operates a digital signal processor with no lag time. Processes all the content in less than 1 millisecond per frame, up to 120 FPS.
- Upconverts to HD or 4K game content. Up-scales native rendered resolution up to Super HD at 120 FPS or 4K 4:2:0 at 60 FPS.
- Improves image depth, contrast & colour rendering. Analyzes every single pixel and adjusts it for the optimal image.
- Performs Contextual Anti-Aliasing (CxAA). Eliminates jagged edges and shimmering texture without creating blurring artefacts.
This is not like an STD HDMI Cable, Oh No it has instructions, on one end it has the source printed on, for me that would be the Nintendo Switch, on the other end TV and strangely enough a USB.
You actually need the USB to power the cables digital signal processor that improves the visuals that are outputted to the TV. I know what you thinking, bullshit, but have you seen all the other articles about this product? I have and I was thinking these must be Sponsored Posts right? well some are, but some are not, they just got the cable for free, like press game games for free.
Getting back the cable and its design, it is super strong and there is no way of the cable splitting regardless how much you going to bend it. Marseille has even used 18K Gold plated HDMI connectors, there is quality here for the price you are paying.
The above image shows just how magical this cable is running the amazing Mario Kart, yes the one game that does not shove microtransactions down your throat like Crash Team Racing recently added to the game. What’s happening here is what Marseille call Contextual Anti-Aliasing, mCable analyzes the placement of every single pixel in context to the entire image and then adapts the pixel to the appropriate edge and texture within that image. The best thing about this technique, there is no blurring effects which the majority of anti-aliasing techniques always seem to cause.
Now I was sitting there taking a screenshot after screenshot comparing STD HDMI and mCable to see the difference in image quality and it did not matter what switch game I chucked at it, the image was improved to a degree sometimes though you really need to look very close. When it was evident the game seemed sharper, smoother and absolutely no lag, this cable really does work.
Of late gamers are always wanting the best graphics, comparing FPS and Resolution all the time, bitch-slapping the other consoles when they fall short. The Nintendo Switch is the system that gets butt hurt the most as a lot of the game run at 30fps and around 720p. The games look great on the small screen in portable mode, but not to great on the screen as you can see jaggies all the time.
Here is another image above from uncharted, you can clearly see the cable performing Contextual Anti-Aliasing, sharpening and even adding a deeper, richer colour scheme to the game. I have tested out a number of games on the Switch and not all games show improvements without looking very close, but when there is an improvement its night and day. I tested out Torchlight 2, Astral Chain, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Divinity Original Sin 2, God Eater 3, Mario Kart and World of Final Fantasy on the Switch.
Above is a picture from World of Final Fantasy, and as you can see there is little to no improvements, the mCable makes the game sharper with better AA as you can see from the save point, but unless you go super close, you can not really see a huge difference. The difference really comes from games that are of a lower resolution like uncharted and Mario Kart.
The image below is from Astral Chain, I have not marked it which version is which as its super hard to see the difference, but have a look for yourself can you see any changes?
So the question is simple, is the mCable by Marseille worth it? well it is totally down to the content, as its touch and go, night and day, when it works it works amazing when it does nothing you wonder why you paid so much. In all honesty, I even checked out some movies on DVD and seen an improvement in visual fidelity, but the biggest improvements came on PC over the Nintendo Switch, almost all games set at a lower resolution than the screen seen an improvement, it was odd running at 720p but the visuals it chucked out was impressive.
I am going to say for PC this cable is worth it, especially if you struggle a lot to get high FPS on a low-end GPU with AAA games as you will not have to worry about turning on certain features like Anti-Aliasing, giving your GPU more power to do other things. Consoles like the Switch, well its touch and go, I found it hard to see a huge change in some games unless I was looking very close, then again in other games, it was easy to see, so it is down to you if the cable is worth the purchase.