Luke Wren’s PicoStation 3D Games Console Gives the RP2040 FPGA 3D Powers — or Vice Versa

As-yet untested in hardware, the PicoStation 3D is a highly flexible pairing of an RP2040 microcontroller and iCE40 FPGA.

Engineer Luke Wren has released the design files for a Raspberry Pi RP2040-powered games console dubbed the PicoStation 3D — with a Lattice Semiconductor iCE40 UP5k FPGA as a coprocessor for 3D graphics.

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You’ll Need a Microscope to Play This Inch-Tall Game Boy Clone

When the original Game Boy arrived, so did hundreds of accessories designed to improve its gameplay experience, including oversized lenses to help magnify its small screen. For the Arduboy Nano, however, you’ll have a better chance at getting the next high score if you stick it under a microscope.

Way back in 2014, Kevin Bates floored us with a credit card-thin electronic business card that put a fully playable game of Tetris in your wallet. That creation eventually went on to become an officially licensed handheld system and inspired the creation of Bates’ Arduboy: an open-source Arduino-based Game Boy clone with a loyal following of developers who’ve created hundreds of free games for it.

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3D Printed Pi Arcade is an Emulation Horn of Plenty

Let’s be honest, building a home arcade cabinet isn’t exactly the challenge it once was. There’s plenty of kits out there that do all the hard work for you, and they even sell some pretty passable turn-key units at Walmart now. If you want to put a traditional arcade cabinet in your home, it’s not hard to get one.

Which is why this wild build by [Rafael Rubio] is so interesting. The entirely 3D printed enclosure looks like some kind of art piece from the 1970s, and is a perfect example of the kind of unconventional designs made possible by low-cost additive manufacturing. Building something like this out of wood or metal would be nightmare, especially for the novice; but with even a relatively meager desktop 3D printer you’re only a few clicks away from running off your own copy.

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Tiny 3D-Printed DEC VT-102 Hides a Fully-Functional, ESP32-Powered PDP-11 Minicomputer

A tiny screen and a 3D-printed chassis brings some of Digital’s fondest-remembered hardware up to date — and down in scale.

Jeroen “Sprite_tm” Domburg has been working on a build with a difference: It’s an ultra-compact replica of a Digital DEC VT-102 terminal, emulating a PDP-11 running 2.11BSD — all on the top of an Espressif ESP32 microcontroller.

“The thing that attracted me to the PDP11 is that the PDP line in general always has been a family of ‘hackers’ machines,'” Sprite_tm explains. “Its members were cheap enough to allow people to do fun stuff on, and for instance the first computer game, SpaceWar!, was written on a PDP1. It wouldn’t be the last game written on a PDP machine, though: Apart from the aforementioned arcade games, all the way in Russia on a cloned PDP-11, Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov wrote a certain title called ‘Tetris,’ which later was spread all over the world.”

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