PC Mini Classic


#1

Hardware

  • 30 games
  • HDMI and Composite
  • USB
  • SD card slot
  • ARM chip (ref)

Beware the Mini Classic with no game list.

When

  • Crowd funding 2018
  • Release 2019

Who?

  • Unit-e (creator of Neon FM rhythm game)
  • they officially licensed 150+ songs for Neon FM

Unknowns

  • Software?
  • Games?
  • Multi-player?
  • $99?

Funny FAQS

Will the PC Classic come in other colors? Chain-smoker beige doesn’t complement my furniture.

Yes, heretic, we will also offer at least 1 other color in a more modern palette. The faceplate will also more closely match the enclosure color in production models.

Can’t I just buy a Raspberry Pi, an enclosure, gamepad, keyboard, and mouse, 3D print a faceplate, install Armbian, buy 30+ games, build the source for ARM or install/configure in DOSBox for each and every game, create a menu system with game art, and tell everyone about it at parties?

No.


#2

Really thought this was going to be a “what if” thread. Sounds cool and am interested.

The 30+ games will be one of those 50 PC GAMES ONE ONE DISK things you saw in bargain bins.


#3

Is the Composite output for 16 colours Composite CGA?

It’s likely not


#4

Color me intrigued.


#5

Just give me Battle Chess and I can justify this.


#6

Oh this has to be a joke… Is totally a joke, rig… Oh.

What does it really have to offer that a raspi with DOSBOX doesn’t already do? It’s not like the Nintendo or Sega classics where you have a brand attached. Half the reason people buy the classic systems is because they come with authentic controllers, in a cute package, with branding they love.

Sure the case is cute, but that can be a raspi case manufactured by literally anyone.

What will they do for controllers? A mouse and keyboard don’t exactly make for good couch gaming, and everyone’s history with controllers/joysticks/racing wheels in the PC world would be different.

Maybe I’m just in a cynical mood today… But this is garnering zero interest from me, and I grew up as a PC gamer.


#7

Wait… is this a joke or not?


#8

Excuse me, but with all due respect, it’s made by a guy wearing a baja. You know he’s going to produce a sharp product.


#9

All kidding aside, a PC Mini with a classic selection of 1989 - 1995 era games would be right in my wheelhouse. Imagine booting something like this and having Ultima Underworld, Wing Commander, a couple Sierra Quest games, Monkey Island 2, Commander Keen 6, Doom… It would be pretty great.

I mean, I have all of those on GoG, and run them perfectly in DosBox, but it’d be a neat device. I know the FPGA scene has been getting into some other PC hardware, when are we going to get a IBM 486 equivalent FPGA?


#10

@BTails MiSTer FPGA already has a 486 core: http://github.com/MiSTer-devel/ao486_MiSTer

@raskulous I have no idea what the USP of this is, unless they really do score some great game licenses.

@Peltz for international folks, what’s a baja?


#11

If we get an option to load our own DOS games on it, it would be cool. I guess it would simplify things if you don’t want to set up your own Raspi system.


#12

One of these things:


#13

Hahahahahaha :joy: I see


#14

1.) I had no clue wtf a Baja was outside of the context of Taco Bell and a Baja Fresh/Baja Blast

2.) I definitely had one or two of these as a kid I think >_<


#15

I had one in college when I was in my “the universe will provide” phase.


#16

During that period in my life, I had bleached blonde hair and glasses that changed colour in the sun :sunglasses:


#17

I had transition lenses in high school and thought they were the shiz lol.


#18

Interesting, we called them reactolite lenses


#19

They could be ballsy and focus on the early 80s period of 4.77MHz 8086 IBM computers and clones. You know, the original PC.

With a bunch of infocom and Sierra games, the original Wolfenstein and Microsoft flight simulator, Alley cat, etc.

But they won’t. Instead it will be a hodgepodge of games spanning over two decades, with rights snatched through gog or something.


#20

It’s safe to say we all smoked alot of weed in highschool