May 30, 2016
It’s been a while since I last wrote about R-Kade Mini so I thought I would share a couple of new-ish pictures. These were taken at Maker Faire UK in April.
Instead of painting the cabinet I used black clothes dye instead. I’m please to report it work much better than I thought it would, giving it a nice flat black finish with no brush marks or paint smears. The decals were a mix of ones I printed off and some I bought off ebay. All in all I very pleased how it all turned out.
February 22, 2016
As many may already know I’ve built a number of Raspberry Pi based arcade systems over the last few years starting in 2012 with R-Kade, last year with R-Kade Mini and now my latest endeavour R-Kade Zero which fits into the palm of your hand.
So after receiving encouragement from a number of members at our local Maker Space I’ve took the plunge and started my first kickstarter for the R-Kade Zero mini arcade platform.
You can check it out at:
January 31, 2011
I’ve neglected my list of homebrew video game consoles, so here’s a update:
- www.xcores.orgMy friend Yvo’s site related to the awesome Xmos chip.
- mikronauts.comPropCade is a self-contained and affordable Propeller platform for emulating old computers (Z80, 6809, etc) and old game consoles.
- www.retrode.orgNot a console as such but a handy way feeding games to your SNES or Mega Drive / Genesis emulator from your original cartridges.
- www.4dsystems.com.auPoGa, a Portable Game Development console looking a lot like a SNES controller.
- www.chameleon-dev.comChameleon PIC 16-Bit and the Chameleon AVR 8-Bit are yet another Propeller based systems this time with the addition of a standard Microchip PIC or Atmel AVR microcontroller.
- www.fpgaarcade.comA site dedicate to recreating gaming hardware from the past in modern programmable FPGA devices.
- www.lucidscience.comA beautifully documented insight to designing and building your own classic console
- www.microvga.coma design offering a low-cost Microcontroller to VGA interface
- www.ladyada.netA new system from LadyAda offering a 320×240 TFT color display with resistive touch screen.
- rossum.posterous.comRBox: A diy 32 bit game console for the price of a latte
- www.linusakesson.net linusakesson “craft”
the original list is still here:
January 7, 2010
X-DTV is a project I’ve been working on with Yvo of xcores.org. The idea is to make a XS1-L1 64 based retro-minimalist homebrew game console similar in concept to the Uzebox and Zuzebox.
Like the X-One before it, X-DTV will use Yvo’s VDP video engine but instead of driving a VGA output it will drive a NTSC TV output. We hope to get PAL TV as well but the 35.46895MHz oscillators have proven difficult to get a hold off (If anyone know where we can get them off the shelve without a large MOQ then drop me a comment).
The X-DTV’s specification is:
- XS1-L1 64 internally clocked to 400MHz with 64K RAM.
- 5-bit R-2R Video DAC for driving NTSC
- 2x NES or SNES D-PAD connectors
- SD Card interface
- Stereo PWM audio
- XTAG-2 Interface
- 2x 5-way XLINK for expansion
The latest (not quite complete) PCB is below:
A PDF of the schematic is here.
December 18, 2009
A quick snapshot of the Zuzebox PCB. Its almost there:
November 24, 2009
I’ve talked a few times about the X-One Xmos based console so I thought better put up a schematic to show how it all goes together. A Xmos XC-2 is found at the heart of the console with the rest of the circuit providing a R-2R video DAC, PWM audio and SD Card interface. Ethernet is provided by the XC-2 card its self. The software kernel is Yvo’s VDP video engine.
The pdf is here: XC-2 VGA 0v10
November 15, 2009
I finally found some time to start the PCB for Zuzebox (a Uzebox compatible retro-minimalist homebrew game console). I’m hoping to squeeze it all into a 100mm x 100mm board so I can use Seeedstudio’s Fusion / Propaganda PCB service. The picture below only shows about half the components laid out, so I think the final PCB is going to be busy.