Open Game Station

A modular, open hardware gaming platform for classic 8-bit games

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Open Game Station is an open hardware platform that allows you to build a modular, handheld game console capable of playing classic 8-bit games. It can be expanded through modules and allows you to modify code to customize your game playing experience.

Easy to Install Games

Open Game Station supports all Arduboy-based games. To play one, simply:

  1. Connect the microcontroller board to your PC with a USB Type-C cable
  2. Go to Erwin's Arduboy Collection and find a game you like
  3. Click "Upload to my Arduboy" and wait a few seconds
  4. Insert the microcontroller board back into your Open Game Station

And now you’re ready to play!

Everything You Need to Play (or Design) Games

We will be offering two versions of Open Game Station as part of this campaign: a Basic version and a Pro version. The basic version is for all users, including those who are just getting started with 8-bit gaming or with the Arduino ecosystem. The Pro version is for DIY fanatics, Arduino programmers, retro gaming geeks, and makers.

Open Game Station Components

BasicPro
Game Board
Carduino 32U4
OLED Display Card
Buzzer Card
AAA Battery Card
Acrylic Board
Screw Package
Quick Start Guide
Sound Sensor Card
9-DoF Sensor Card
Extension Board

Basic Version

All Open Game Stations include the following core components:

  • Game Board: Serves as your controller and provides a dock into which you can insert Longan Card modules to build out your gaming device
  • Structural Hardware: Includes a piece of acrylic board, to improve controller ergonomics, as well as screws and spacers. The included Quick Start Guide will help you put it all together.

Your Open Game Station will also come with the following Longan Cards, which you can slot into your Game Board as needed:

  • Carduino 32U4: Open Game Station's microcontroller board. Powered by the Arduino Leonardo bootloader, it supports all Arduboy-based games
  • OLED Display Card: Your screen, a retro-style, 128 x 64 pixel monochrome display
  • Buzzer Card: Provides background music and whatever flavor of beep your game might require
  • AAA Battery Card: Provides portable power to the whole device (the battery itself is not included)

Pro Version

The Pro version comes with all of the above, plus the following:

  • Sound Sensor Card: Detects the volume of sound and makes it available as game control input
  • 9-DoF Sensor Card: Uses acceleration, gyroscopic, and magnetometer sensing to detects the movement of a player's hands and makes those data available as game control input
  • Extension Board: Provide three additional Longan Card slots

Features & Specifications

  • Atmega 32U4 microcontroller
  • 16 MHz clock speed
  • 2 K RAM
  • 32 K flash
  • 128 x 64 OLED display
  • Six buttons
  • Arduino compatible

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