This is a smaller version of a design I posted a few years ago, this time it’s for a single HDMI-based device. It allows you to switch between several devices without having to go behind the TV.
If you’re juggling a bunch of devices this would be extremely handy. Nowadays there are many plug-and-play consoles, clone consoles, video game dongles (from AtGames and Arcade 1UP), streaming devices, single board computers, and soon: gaming handhelds with HDMI output (the upcoming Analogue Pocket). Almost all of these are powered by USB too.
Most of these devices would benefit from a power switch, especially those game dongles which stay powered-on until unplugged (seen in the example below). So I included a humorous kill switch for the robot:
The robot’s body moves like a lever, so powering off this device makes it appear as though you are also deactivating the robot. The arms are loose and swivel freely, the LED eyes indicate power.
In my opinion the Atari joystick controller is a bit too unwieldy, only because the games you are playing with it are very simple (like Pac-Man or Galaga). A one-handed controller would be ideal for a more relaxed gaming session, or to play and eat Doritos at the same time.
Continue reading ➞ One-Handed Atari Controller
There have been several iterations of this SEGA handheld released by AtGames over the years, and I always thought they looked soooo close to resembling the Dreamcasts’s VMU device. Thought I’d post a mockup.
These handhelds are decent for the price. They have a good screen, rechargeable battery via USB, some built-in games, and an SD card slot so you can add some more games. I never pulled the trigger on one because of their well-known sound issues.
However if they did release a VMU or Game Gear-styled version, that may be enough for me to buy one.
Continue reading ➞ AtGames SEGA Handheld Redesign
About 3 years ago ATGames released the Colecovision Flashback, a throwback console that looked decent and featured a solid collection of games, but unfortunately had poor sound and controls. They’ve yet to release a second version, but with HDMI conversions being all the rage these days, I’m sure a Flashback 2 is inevitable. That said I thought I’d take a stab at designing one.
Continue reading ➞ Colecovision HD Design
AtGames will be releasing their 8th Atari Flashback this fall (the first for HD displays), and judging by early reviews it’s a very good system at a great price. That’s the good news, the bad news is these Atari’s are kinda ugly! The big buttons on the console look as though Playskool or Fisher Price designed an Atari for toddlers, that’s the nicest way I can describe it.
Continue reading ➞ Atari Flashback Redesign