Not quite a sizzle reel for the #handheld, but I’m going to start posting videos of games running on this thing. Again not sure how playable games will be over the course of a whole game start to finish but I’ve played each of these for about an hour and they’ve held up.
So I got DM’ed by a troll who claimed that since the #nintendoswitch can play #Skyrim I was really just wasting my time. Now he might be right (from a pure time perspective) but I’ve had fun making this…having said that…here’s some Skyrim since apparently for your #handheld to be “worth it” it’s got to play Skyrim. Started a new game, not sure how smooth it might be FPS wise later on but the intro wasn’t too bad. Note, video is sped up 200%. Sorry for the blue cast on everything, the lighting in my apt isn’t good for video.
TLDR; got done with version 2 of my portable #steammachine based on #florianrenner ‘s awesome #gameboy1up concept… now onto version 2.5!
-Managed to shave off a 1/4″ in the depth and about 1/8″ in the length and width. Unit now measures: 7 3/4″ (197mm) x4 3/16″ (106mm) x1 1/32″ (26mm)
-Installed battery. Version 1’s battery never fit right.
-Xinput instead of Dinput using Zachery Littell’s ( @msf_reaper ) awesome library for the TeensyLC.
-Switch between mouse mode and gamepad mode using a key combination. Similar to the steam controller’s reptile mode.
-Replaced analog volume control with digital
-Buttons locations and sizes tweaked
-Used UV glue to bond the LCD plexi to the screen. Didn’t protect it enough so some of the glue got into the backlight
-Clean up all mistakes on the case
-Add battery management logic, low power notification, etc.
-Continue to tweak button ergonomics
-Create a simplified version to house a raspberry pi and model
-Speakers, I usually use headphones with handhelds so this has been a bit of a lower priority
-Paint the inside of the case a dark color and mask LEDs so they don’t shine through.
Screen size is driving the overall size of the case. It’s pretty large as is but basing it on 5″ doesn’t actually give you all that much volume to work with. I’ve been thinking of making a 7″ version of this which would allow me to use beefier hardware. I’ve got a M7 board that’s dying to get used. Still based around an @intel m3 processor.
I know, I know, I should probably just give up on this now that the #nintendonx has been announced…but meh, obsession is as obsession does…got finished with revisions based on the V1 and have sent out for prints. Managed to cut 1/4″ from the overall thickness which I’m very excited about. For those of you that have asked about board specs, I still haven’t settled on a final board to put in there. Still benchmarking various #coreM3 boards.
Long post incoming…So about 8 years ago I got it into my head to make a portable #Microsoft #Windows PC to play games on. At first I tried using full mini-itx boards with half height graphics cards, and while it ran, it weighed 5lbs and ran for about 15mins on batteries. Over the years I’ve revisited the project, I’ll buy some hardware, but I can never get the runtime or the weight or the capacity I’m looking for. When the #psvita came out I had hoped that it would fill this niche but it never really did. About a month ago a friend of mine sent me that concept image of a modern #gameboy that Florian Renner produced and it made me want to revive the old project. A month later this is a working prototype for a handheld #steammachine based on his design. Version 2 should be thinner and have better feeling controls but this is the closest I’ve come to making the device I wanted to make almost a decade ago. #retrogamer#retrocollective