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How To Build Your Console

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I am starting development of my first video game console, but I don't know how. Where can I program the OS? What file type does it need to be? What hardware will I need? How do I make my own gamepads? The list goes on, but generally, I just need to know how to build a console.

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This is quite beyond ambitious. I wouldn't worry about programming the OS until you have an expert level understanding of electronics (maybe you already do). There was a similar thread here not so long ago which might have some useful information in there but I can't find it right now. The responses weren't very encouraging though and I suspect you will likely get similar responses. It is a major under taking. You'd be better off working on something that already exists and making it console like (basic PC with inux, raspberry pi). You could make usb type peripherals for it then.

 

Edit: I think this was the thread I was referring too:

http://www.gamedev.net/topic/676821-where-can-i-learn-to-create-a-server-for-a-homebrew-game-for-my-own-console/

As a said, hardly encouraging responses but realistic.

Edited by Nanoha

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No.

 

You are talking about devices that cost a fortune to develop. An individual can make small custom boards, the type of system seen in the 1970's, but more than that is unrealistic unless you have a team of people with degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and similar.

 

You mentioned the Raspberry Pi. That is a good start down the path.

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Ok. I think I might find code to copy on the Internet, or save up for a raspberry pi.

Raspberry Pi is a great choice and it is VERY affordable. I think they have done a model that costs only $5.

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A while ago I made a small handheld game. I made it with a glcd, an atmega1284p, a joystick, a speaker and some buttons. It was written in C.

Something to try if you want a challenge.

Note: I didn't finish the project, damn glcd!!!

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