Discussion in 'Modding' started by timothyw9, 4 Mar 2006.
has anyone ever tried making a mini gaming console using nano-itx or mini-itx?
just a thought
I've thought about building it from scratch with PCB, as you would probably need something even smaller than NanoITX to make it the same size range as the DS or PSP. I discarded those plans as I definately don't have the skill to build it myself; I'd need my Dad with his college degree in electronics to help me, and he is a busy man.
A "mini" game console made with a ITX motherboard wouldn't even come close to rivaling any handheld device on the market today. The only thing it would come close ot in size is a gamecube. Besides, youd need a custom PSU with all the voltages needed coming from a tiny battery, and that would only last a few minutes, if even more than a few seconds. And then you need a screen, and that needs power, and a control system. Next to impossible with todays off the shelf tech.
But would it though? You can get 12V lcds (like ps1 ones) and you can get a cheap circuit to power a mini-itx motherboard from a 12v car battery. You could easily make a slightly-less-than laptop sized pc, so why not give it a go? Also, you could make some modifications to how normal laptops are - don't use an optical drive, you don't need one, get alcohol 120% The HD could be used like a mousemat?
Alternatively, why not build a backpack pc, have everything apart from the wireless mouse, and (ps1?) lcd, and wireless keyboard, in the bag. Then you just need to run a cable between the screen and the bag, and start playing.
So...why wouldn't you simply use a laptop as the pc? Theyre far more powerful than anything you can put in a mini or nano itx.
it'd be an xbox handheld, essentially.
anyone got an atari lynx? duct tape 4 of those together. theres your itx 'handheld'
Anyway, we have the Microsoft Origami (see other thread in the forums), which tries to be a portable X-Box of sorts. Doesn't work. Portables should be, well, portable, and that puts limits on their size and hence their hardware. Best to make something geared to the job rather than something that tries to be several things and ends up being neither. Think about it: the Sony PSP is not a PS2 in portable form.
Well, the guy didnt say handheld, he just said console
And the Microsoft Origami..? Handheld? You've got to be kidding with me! A handheld console that weights in at 7-8 kilos, aint really a handheld console
Well, the title of the thread is "DS Rival" and I assume hes talking about the Nintendo DS (a handheld) so we assume hes talking about handheld consoles, not TV consoles.
..that's not related to your topic anyway, so what about that mini gaming console?
Are you just doing a search for "DS" and posting in every DS topic, DSgirl?
Out of interest, not a dig.
EDIT: Re-reading what I just said kinda makes me think it goes without saying.
of course not, how come?
Your posts just seem to suggest that pattern. it's no biggie.
Dont you have any other outgoing interests, other than the DS? Even within gaming, even within portable gaming??
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