One of the the projects I’m working on is to create a portable device to play games, so I can kill time while I’m on a time-blocking situation, like waiting on the airport, bank line or when my girlfriend takes a little longer to get ready.
Of course I could use my tablet (actually, I do), but is not the same experience as playing a portable videogame like PSP or GameBoy. So I raised the requirements and created a project that I call Videograime.
I know I’ll learn a lot with each challenge I face, and I intend to write here everything useful during this quest.
- Run on batteries
- Small, like a PSP
- Run retro plataforms. At least:
- SNes (Super Nintendo)
- Game Boy
- PSX (Playstation 1)
- Use SNes or PSX buttons. No noisy-push-buttons.
- External speakers and headphones out.
- Speakers should mute when headphones get plugged in.
- Volume control.
Requirements out of first version:
- Analog stick.
- Screen brightness control.
No different from the references, the choice was to use a Raspberry Pi as platform to run the emulators. After a quick search I realized that the software part will have a great head start, since there is a project called RetroPie, that is a Raspberry Pi image with all the emulators already installed, among other cool things like a interface to config and start all the emulators.