You don’t need a Wii, PS3 or Xbox to have a great gaming experience. If you really want to get to know the hardware of a video game console then build one of the many cool designs available on the web (or if you’re really cool design one yourself). Some are one chip designs, some are multichip almost computer like designs and the others somewhere in between. Most are powered by 8-bit micros, one or two have 16-bit micros and a few use 32-bit micros.
While Uzebox is one of my favourite homebrew games consoles, there are a number of other projects out there:
- www.belogic.com/uzebox Atmel AVR
- www.innovativedevice.com Atmel AVR + CPLD
- avga.prometheus4.com Atmel AVR
- www.multilabs.net FPGA + PIC?
- www.propgfx.co.uk Parallax Propeller
- www.retroleum.co.uk Zilog Z80 + FPGA
- tinyvga.com FPGA VGA controller and add your own micro
- www.xgamestation.com the Daddy of them all, but commercial only – SX28, Parallax Propeller, Microchip PIC and Atmel AVR
If you know of any others please add a comment and I’ll update this list over time.