Category Archives: Hardware
Just found this video on YouTube which goes through the process of building an Arcade Cabinet from scratch.
The YouTuber by the name “We Build Stuff” runs through cutting out all the materials and putting them together. He then goes through wiring up the cabinet and connection to a Raspberry Pi. He lists everything that is used in the build process and even mentions where he got the parts from.
Anyone thinking of building their own arcade cabinet would benefit greatly from watching this video. He follows up this video with a second video on how to get RecalBox up and running on your Raspberry Pi once the Arcade cabinet is built.
Fans of scifi and cyberpunk author William Gibson will probably recognise this as a Cyberdeck from his Sprawl trilogy of books. Using an old (non working) Commodore 64 and powered by a Raspberry Pi 3, a user by the name D10D3 has built his own cyberdeck as an homage to the author and his works.
You to can get in on the action and build one yourself, as D10D3 has provided a useful tutorial on the project, outlining what parts are used and how to get it all working together.
You can view the tutorial here – http://n-o-d-e.net/post/150716000076/how-to-create-a-cyberdeck64
And here is a link to more images of the Cyberdeck – http://imgur.com/a/knY8l
Just when you thought putting a Raspberry Pi inside a weird enclosure had reached a plateau, along comes the Pi Cart. This little project involves putting a Raspberry Pi Zero, with a USB hub inside an old NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) cartridge.
It seems fairly simple and the guy behind the project by name Zach has made a fairly detailed tutorial on how to do it yourself. A complete list of parts used is shown, as well as an actual instructional video to go along with the written instructions.
If your after a cool little project to get your friends talking this could be a hit.
You can read more about the project here – https://howchoo.com/g/mti0oge5nzk/pi-cart-a-raspberry-pi-retro-gaming-rig-in-an-nes-cartridge
And here is the YouTube instructional video for you to watch
Here’s an interesting project currently up on IndieGoGo. The piServer is an enclosure for the Raspberry Pi 3 that incorporates a USB 2.0 HUB, Sata Hard Drive controller (allowing for a 2.5 inch drive inside the enclosure) and a Wolfson digital audio processor with optical output.
This really opens up the expandability of the Raspberry Pi. It also manages to keep the Raspberry Pi a small package even with all these added features. One of the most wanted items on the Raspberry Pi is included in the piServer and that is a power on/off switch. The enclosure itself looks similar in style to an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, but appears not much bigger than a standard Raspberry Pi case – maybe a little thicker.
The IndieGoGo campaign by Nightshade Electronics is trying to raise $90,000 for this project so please go over there and checkout all the information about the product.
You can view the IndieGoGo campaign page here – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/piserver-the-ultimate-raspberry-pi-enclosure#/
You can also view the introduction video here
Here’s an interesting Raspberry Pi Zero project if you’ve got a bit of time and crafting skills under your belt.
A user on YouTube under the name Lyberty5 has used a Raspberry Pi Zero to make a Super Nintendo (SNES) type console. Now it doesn’t quite have the functionality of an actual SNES but certainly looks the part and will ultimately play way more games from a variety of consoles and arcade machines.
The YouTube video – shown below – runs through how to make the case and use clay to mold a pretty good reproduction of the SNES.
Lyberty5 also runs through all the parts used and soldering tasks required to make this little Pi Powered games machine.
You can read more about this project on the Adafruit blog at – https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/09/16/snes-micro-smallest-super-nes-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/
And here is the tutorial video on YouTube –
This one comes from Adafruit and is being touted as the worlds smallest arcade cabinet.
Using the ultra small Raspberry Pi Zero as its brains, this small arcade cabinet measures just 6.72cm (2.64 inches) high. It comes with a 0.96 inch RGB OLED screen (yeah – that’s small) and has an inbuilt amplifier for sound.
As you can see from the above picture it’s doubtful you could make this any smaller as the Raspberry Pi Zero forms the backbone of the system.
MAME is the software running on this cabinet and seems to be doing a good job of playing and displaying the games.
For more information you can checkout the Adafruit page here – https://learn.adafruit.com/worlds-smallest-mame-arcade-cabinet/overview
and here’s a YouTube video of the cabinet in action
From Shea Silverman – the man behind the emulator frontend PiPlay comes a PCB that attaches to the Raspberry Pi Zero that gives you buttons and a screen so you can setup your own portable retro gaming device.
Still in development, the YouTube video (shown below) gives you a sample of what to expect from this PCB. It shows the device starting up and loading a game and playing. The board in the video has quite a small screen attached but it is definately viewable and will only serve to make any device made from this even smaller.
You can read more about this project on Shea Silvermans website at – http://blog.sheasilverman.com/
or alternatively, here is the PiPlay Advance PCB in action:
A guy on YouTube by the alias i64X has fitted a Raspberry Pi inside an X-Arcade Tankstick to make an all in one Retro Games controller.
The Tankstick is well known in the arcade games community as a great control system, solidly built and designed to last. Many people use them when building their full size games systems.
This project however decided to fit the Raspberry Pi inside the Tankstick and make it a portable and simple to use device. All that is needed in connection to a TV via HDMI and power.
The video runs through exactly what was used in getting the Pi installed in the Tankstick as well as each step of the process. While it is a tight fit with all the components inside the Tankstick it goes together pretty easily and can be done by any hobbyist.
Checkout the video on YouTube here
This YouTube video tutorial is a little old (from 2014) and shows how to do it specifically for the Porta Pi games machine but you can you try this with any Raspberry Pi based arcade machine.
It runs through how to add a coin slot to your machine so that when you drop a coin into the slot it is recognised but the Raspberry Pi and adds credit to your games. It adds yet another level of authenticity to your Arcade.
The video is by Ryan Bates and runs through what compnents you need, how to install them and get it all working. A very good video to watch.
Those of you not wanting to commit to a full blown arcade cabinet might be interested in having just an arcade control unit. This is basically the arcade controls – joystick and buttons which you can then attach to your monitor or TV and play your arcade games. The control box itself houses your Raspberry Pi so it is an all in one unit making it very portable and easy to use. It differs from simply using a Raspberry Pi case in that it gives the player the arcade look and feel.
There are several Arcade control units available out there to buy and use but nothing beats making your own. You get a sense of satisfaction from making it yourself – and you can setup the layout however you want. You can also make it whatever size you want and whatever material you want to use.
A user on YouTube by the name Hacker House has done a nice video tutorial on how to make your own arcade control unit. He runs through making the cutouts and holes, how to wire up and parts needed for the project. It is very simple to follow and he also runs through setting up RetroPie on the unit once it is built.
If you have a desire to make your own arcade control unit please watch the following video.