Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
If you haven’t yet seen enough arcade machines built for the home, here’s another – this time from a team with lineage behind it. Polycade is the creation of Tyler and Dylan Bushnell – sons of Atari co-founder Nolan – and Charles Carden, and represents their solution to the awkward issue of how to fit authenticfeeling arcade play into a limited space. The wall-mounted enclosure is just 17 inches deep at its most prominent point, and 30 inches wide, and comes with 80 vintage games – including Atari’s first big success, Pong, along with Pac-Man and several Street Fighter II variants – loaded onto an 8GB SD card. The hardware is built around a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B board, running RetroPie emulation behind a custom UI, the fruits from which are viewed on a 28-inch LED screen. Polycade is available in white, red, black or blue, and in a printed vinyl wrap for a more authentic arcade feel.
It’s been built to be highly customisable, too, with a removable control board. You can choose from Classic, with two eight-way Happ joysticks and six buttons per player; a fightinggame-focused Showdown array that uses eight-way Sanwa JLF joysticks; and Tech, which hich offers eight convex Happ app buttons per player and d two Ultimarc Mag-Stikk Plus joysticks. The first t two options sport an additional joystick and d two extra buttons between the main control banks, while the Tech model’s arrays are separated by a trackball. Starting at $1,750, the first units will begin shipping in March.
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