This original Atari controller is pretty small (take a look at that RCA cable for a sense of scale). Despite it’s size, [Kyle Brinkerhoff] managed to fit a complete gaming system inside the controller. This Pocket Sized Atari is a follow-up to another project he did called ArduPong which let him play Pong using a joystick and an Arduino. This rendition takes the external project box from that build and moves everything into one tight little package.
In the video after the break [Kyle] gives us a tour of the internals. The Arduino board he went with is an Ardweeny which is no bigger than the ATmega328 footprint so it can be easily mounted off to one side. The joystick internals have been replaced with the analog stick module from a PlayStation controller. That is where the button came from as well. Just connect this to a 9V battery and the composite video input of a TV and you’re ready to do some gaming!
Now if you just want that retro look for your Xbox Live games check out this Xbox 360 controller in an Atari joystick.
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Actually, that’s not an Atari Joystick. It’s a candy tin made to look like an Atari Joystick. It’s notably smaller than the joystick it’s based on… IMO, making this more impressive. :D Nice work!
Is this a Blink tin? I’ve got quite a few of them saved up because the jewel is removable and the hole drill able. Fits a micro switch pretty well!
Never mind must be groggy this morning. In any case the blink tin is still nice as a base.
That is *not* an original Atari controller. It is a candy tin made to look like a joystick. They are also not that small relatively speaking. There is far less space inside your standard NES or SNES pad. I believe Ben Heck packed a 360 board inside of an original CX40.
While this is enjoyable I would not call this a hack outside of chopping up a candy tin, a fate that many an Altoid tin has met. :/
Clarification: That was a 360 *controller* not an actual 360.
Yeah, not an atari joystick. and you can EASILY fit a Rasberry Pi inside a real atari joystick.
I’m confused as to this has been on the market already for a few years at least to my recollection, cant you already buy an Atari controller that plugs into your TV and it’s preloaded with nearly all the game’s you’d wan’t or a Hack on THAT device to allow all games to be ran may be more impressive…
You can buy atari controllers already preloaded with games. I bought one for my grand mother of all people because she loves pacman.
It’s been around for years as far as I recall:
Yes the atari ones are pretty fun but the C64 DTV ones are extremely hackable, allowing you to build a nearly full-on C64 and add disk drive and keyboard etc. Check it out
AFAIK the atari ones aren’t as hackable but I’d love to be corrected as I picked one up at the thrift for 50 cent to put in the rainy day pile.
This is a very good hack because playing games will be much more fun. I have a steering wheel lying around and thanks to this I came to the idea of making something similar, but then inside this wheel.
A big thanks for an accurate piece of game information.
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