Join Date: Oct 2019
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I would stick with the converter you currently own and avoid the version with the scaling function. The reason is that the version with the scaling function most likely introduces quite a bit of processing and lag to the signal, and will not handle PSOne games or 240p PS2 games properly. It will treat these 240p signals as interlaced, rather than as progressive, and try to apply deinterlacing to a signal that doesn't need it. For 480i games, it will probably add too much processing, smear the image, and cause a lot of input lag.
More than likely your Samsung's Game Mode will default to a bob deinterlacer that approximates the interlaced look of those games on a CRT television and look just fine.
I'm not terribly familiar with Samsung's Picture Size settings; the PS2's internal setting shouldn't dictate how the Samsung or any TV is handling the aspect ratio; the TV only sees it as 480x720 and relies on your input to adjust the aspect ratio. I think it's kind of weird that is seems to be squished when both are set to 4:3... have you tried your Samsung's Custom Picture Size, or is that unavailable in Game Mode? My inclination is to guess that the EASYCEL Converter is perhaps causing some squeezing to happen to the aspect ratio, but I don't have any hands on experience to give you decent advice on that.
I understand you are on a budget and respect that; one of those inexpensive PS2 to HDMI dongles should only convert the analog video to digital if you would like to give one a try, but the quality of the hardware itself is hit or miss. There's also the forthcoming RAD2x cables and the RetroTINK 2x, but they may be outside of your budget. I hope this is able to help you!