By Andrew Liszewski
If you strongly believe that all three of the big game console makers got it completely wrong this time around then why not show them how to do it right with this DIY game console kit? Of course you’ll need to be a big supporter of the ‘gameplay over graphics’ mentality since the XGameStation console has far more in common with the Atari and Commodore 64 systems than the 360 or Wii.
This retro-inspired gaming system is designed specifically for hardware and software hackers. The system is powered by an 80 MIP RISC processor, has direct raster controlled graphics, 3-channel sound, built in programmer, and is capable of outputting both NTSC and PAL composite video. And, it’s directly compatible with vintage Atari 2600 joysticks as well as custom-designed game pads.
The real purpose of this kit is to give the user a thorough working knowledge of what all the electronics and software in a game console actually do, from transistors to firmware. The XGS comes fully assembled with all the necessary cables you’ll need and includes development software plus an in-depth eBook explaining all the concepts.
The XGameStation kit is available from Edmund Scientific for $199.95.
[ XGS Micro Kit ]