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15 Retro Consoles Built Into One Unit
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Project Unity is a large, 44-pound system in which the motherboards and ports of 15 consoles have been combined into one monolith of a system, with a single power source and controller (with only SCART video output.. also the consoles are probably PAL, though the author mentions a 50/60 Hz switch when discussing the Sega Genesis).

It implements the NES, SNES, N64, GCN, GBA (compatible with GB/GBC), Playstation 2 (compatible with PS1), Sega Genesis, Master System, Dreamcast, Saturn, Neo Geo MVS, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, and Amstrad GX4000 (well that's 16, but everyone is saying 15...). Memory cards may be plugged in.

The controller is designed so that it may be used with every system. A cartridge, fashioned out of NES cartridges, is plugged in to provide controller configuration data. This cartridge also implements the memory/rumble packs for the N64/Dreamcast.





http://youtu.be/p9AY_xQre9M

I recommend watching the video, it shows how there was a lot more effort and engineering put into the console than simply stuffing everything into a giant box. He constructed his own 18-pole 16-throw toggle switch for the console-switching alone, along with other things.

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Welp, looks like the retroduo series has been finally put to shame. Now all we need are hardware versions of MAME and MESS and collecting would be a snap. Too bad this probably won't be sold to the public without a completely ridiculous price tag.

Nevertheless, a pretty cool find indeed. I hope he can find a way to add even more consoles.
Originally posted by Ultimaximus
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Originally posted by Doopy Buckride
Too bad this probably won't be sold to the public without a completely ridiculous price tag.

It won't. It says on the video description that this is a one-off unit and is not for sale. You'd have to make multiple units and seeing as he spent £700 and 3,500 hours building one, that won't be happening.

Still it's very impressive stuff!
Is it just me, or does that controller look entirely unusable for anything other than the most basic systems?
Originally posted by HuFlungDu
Is it just me, or does that controller look entirely unusable for anything other than the most basic systems?

Since he's using the crappy 8-way sticks from what's probably two gamecube controllers PS2/1 games will play horribly.

The controller also looks like a pain in the arse to actually hold, at least from the view that's in the video. Constantly reaching into the middle to access buttons will probably also get tiring after a while.
As one of the Youtube commenters points out, it's interesting that the author prefers hardware for the original authentic and nostalgic gaming experience, but uses a custom controller as opposed to building ports to plug in each of the original controllers.

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Yeah, I'm thinking about the games I normally play on the N64 anymore (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and WWF No Mercy) and both of those make heavy use of the C buttons. Having them in the middle like that would make those games very difficult to play, especially if yu are going for an authentic feel. It kinda looks like a chunkier version of the dreamcast controller, which was terrible.

Also there only appears to be one port, which is lame.

I definitely think having multiple controller ports for each system would be better or, better yet, having a wireless interface and then converting all the original controllers into wireless controllers. That's what I would do.
that's freaking awesome!

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That is pretty amazing. But I agree the controller looks awfully clunky. It would be better if he had different ports for the original controllers. But I don't know how much more space and resources that would require for the thing.
Originally posted by DishSoapBunny
That is pretty amazing. But I agree the controller looks awfully clunky. It would be better if he had different ports for the original controllers. But I don't know how much more space and resources that would require for the thing.


The wii-u controller is even bigger. So I wouldn't think it would be that bad.

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Except that the WiiU controller is geared to the needs of its respective games while this controller isn't.
Fifteen systems built into one, eh?

It sounds like the ultimate collector's tool.

A price of 1000$ would still be much less than buying all the systems seperately, so the price is actually quite reasonable if you account for that fact.

tl;dr: cool beans

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1000 is actually close. i looked up each individual one and the total estimated price with only the neo geo mvs and the amstrad gx4000 costing more than 60 usd. calculated just barely over 900, but it all really depends on where you look for specific prices.
I suppose that's true, but you'll want to profit if you mass-produce it

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