Here’s the end-goal:
I’m looking for approaches, suggestions, recommended parts, design ideas, pitfalls, etc. The mock-up (though obviously not to scale) is the general idea. Having the majority of the retro systems that are viable on a PC output to a single USB port.
Here are the general goals:
- Ability for each player to bring over their preferred game-pad for any game on PC that supports HID gamepads including arcade sticks (hence the USB ports)
- Have the box output to a single usb cable
- Each port should act independently of each other, basically making this an elaborate USB hub
- Having basically 16 active USB ports in a box can get very hot, so ventilation (fan or slots) would be likely required
- Ideally this would be wired properly inside and not just a “hub in a box” to minimize the footprint of the box itself
- There are a couple USB hubs out there that could likely be gutted and modded to work with this (see hereand here) which would also help provide the wiring for power
- There are consoles here I am obviously missing (Saturn, Dreamcast, etc.) because I preference’d it based off of what I play most, but more is always better I suppose?
- Also considering adding a well tested widely compatible bluetooth adapter for kicks, but don’t know if this type of box would be prone to signal interference depending on how it was made
- I also went with the number of ports on the original systems (i.e. why there are 4 N64 ports and only 2 SNES ports)
- This type of box would eliminate the need for a lot of clutter for multi-gaming cabinets/systems that are becoming more popular (i.e. MAME/EMU cabs) as it would allow for unplugging/plugging of controllers at will without the need to have multiple adapters (that can be misplaced) or have every pad individually modded for USB
All in all I expect this to be a $2-300 project by the time it’s said and done, though if someone with access to wholesale parts (i.e. Retrozone) wants to take over the design they could likely make a decent profit in that price range (I would certainly buy it).
I’m interested in what the tech-talk community thinks about it. Thanks!