Palm-sized Atari 2600

[The Longhorn Engineer] is working on a portable Atari 2600. Instead of taking the old gaming system and cramming it into a portable form factor he’s designed his own circuit board in a new-hardware initiative he calls Project Unity. The handheld will include everything you need to play, including video, audio, controller buttons, paddle control, and a cartridge connector. For the demonstration, embedded after the break, he’s using the Harmony Cartridge to store his Atari ROMs but do note that the system is designed to use cartridges rather than work solely as a game jukebox.

Comments

  1. wdfowty says:

    reminds me of a gameboy. neat.

  2. arrangemonk says:

    so here is the custom pcb i was talking about
    @ wdfowty i also think it would fit into a 1st gen gameboy case

  3. tehgringe says:

    sweet.

  4. Mikey says:

    I was under the impression that the specs for the 2600 had been released and you could pretty much buy the whole thing on a CMOS chip now?

    Still this is pretty badass/neat. Total props.

  5. osgeld says:

    i am glad it is not “just another fpga emulator”

    but I doubt it would fit in a gameboy case, the old “cream n spinach” were about the same width as an atari cart

  6. zoxo says:

    Pretty awesome, you can never get enough scratch made single board computers.

  7. M4CGYV3R says:

    Don’t forget E.T. Hands down, the best 2600 game ever.

  8. elwing says:

    that’s less sexy than hacked original hardware, but so much better…

  9. Spyhunter says:

    Hi,

    I really want to do this to some of my old consoles haning around but haven’t a clue – how do you make the casing and do you basically rip apart the motherboard and place all the components on a new smaller board – obviously not that simple but the general idea- can anyone help me do this step by step and i will publish my findings/workings as the complete beginners guide…. say to convert a 2600 into handheld.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,614 other followers