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Old 02-20-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
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This is going to be my gaming console. After looking at game console the good ones are $200-$300+ that's worth buying but limited. The cheap ones? Touch and go. High risk there.

What bothers me is the proprietary controllers. How easy is it to replace? Or not?

This is the best solution I've found. Raspberry Pi!

After many many researches and reading what they have to say This will be well worth $125 invested in it. I already have the USB controllers, cables and TV. Just do some assembly and away we go!

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The main part-



Better PSU as recommended by a reviewer who solved a particular problem with the Pi-



The best cooling solution-



A very nice case to put it all in-



And the software to make it all happen. He did all the work and carried the headaches. As he claimed, no hacks, cracks nor trash and all USA based. Over 5000 games covering 12 consoles. There was only three left and I got one. It also included the Retropie OS to run it all. All in a 16 gig microSD card.

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Old 02-22-2018, 05:48 AM   #2
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The Raspberry Pi motherboard came in yesterday:



Can you believe you can run it as a complete home PC system? 1.2 Ghz quad core CPU, 1 gig DDR2 ram, microSD slot for storage, Ethernet and USB ports.

A/V and HDMI ports for video and audio, built in wifi and bluetooth and its own OS, the Linux based Raspbian!

The other parts are expected to be delivered today. That'll be the PSU, the case and the heatsink/fan assembly.
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You can run the Pi as a complete home PC system but it's pretty slow for that. I've been playing with the Pi ever since the original model was released back in 2012. There's lots you can do with a Pi but I wouldn't want to use it as my everyday PC!

Have fun with your project Celery!
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:07 AM   #4
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Thanks. It'll do fine as a gaming console.
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:30 PM   #5
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All came in except the Retropie microSD card. I can now assemble the Pi. I already DLed the Linux OS called Raspbian (and NOOBS) and put on a 32 gig microSD card.

With it I can run it as a PC system. My real goal is the game console though.

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There, all put together:





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Runs like a champ. Since I don't have the Retropie gaming SD card yet I went ahead and downloaded the OS, installed it on my 32 gig microSD card and try it as a computer system.

So neat.

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So what kind of games can you play on that? Does it use the X server? You could use an Android-based OS (Remix or Phoenix) and play all the cool games in there. Even Word and Excel. And I imagine they would be better suited for ARM devices since the base OS is ARM only.

Edit: actually I just read Remix has been discontinued.
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Old 02-25-2018, 02:18 PM   #9
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No, that's just an OS I'm trying out called the Raspbian. The SD card I'm getting is loaded with Retropie OS with Emulation Station and 5000+ roms.
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Why did you choose to purchase the pre-loaded SD card when you could simply download Retropie from the website and load it onto your own SD card?

I think I figured out why, the pre-loaded comes with the 5000+ ROMs, right?
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Right you are.
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Makes sense.
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All the hard work is done and the good roms installed.

I downloaded a zip file loaded with 21000+ NES roms. It has to be sorted and a friggin headache. I'm halfway through the "A"s. The rom sites have roms that fairly sorted but doesn't always work. More headache.

Try that with several consoles if you can imagine.

No, the $35 SD card I ordered has 12 consoles and all the good roms he mustered in. It has Retropie OS with the Emulation station. Graphical interface and selections. All I have to do is configure my controllers in.

Also has the Amazon protection if it turned out to be a sham. I video myself opening the packages and testing the products. In case of a dispute I'm covered but never had a problem with Amazon for returns.
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My SD card came in and it's loaded alright. I made a video but it's too big to post here and too risky to post on YouTube due to copyrights.
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Can it run PS1 games? There are some (almost)classics there.

How's the controllers setup going with ya?
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No problem with the controllers. I don't know about the PS consoles. They use CDs and that's a lot of memory. I'm running off SD cards.

Here it is, I think it's ok to post it.

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I think it's not that big for today's SD's. There are just a bunch of classic-like games (E.g. Earth Worm Jim 2, Mickey Mania, Castlevania SOTN and Lomax) that 32gb or even 16gb at some point can handle it if one is selective. Or do you wanna just keep the whole collection on the concurrent (if this word works here) running SD instead?

But don't get me wrong, cool project!

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After watching the vid, I don't think it's fast enough to have a good experience with PS games. Long loading times have proven themselves annoying thru time.
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Did you see the numbers under each name? That's how many games per console.
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Yup. That's the "being selective" point I talked about. On my laptop where storage is more limited I don't put all the collection myself. On my ~14TB main computer I do

Forgot to clarify that my last post addresses the PS games size too.

But point taken, never mind.

Do you really play (some of) those games? I sure do and often. 4 player arcade games are fun with my cousins.
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Some I'm familiar with but checking them all out.

Gimme time.
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