Representatives from hobbyist hardware manufacturer Nurve Networks have released details of the next iteration of the companyís XGameStation console development kit. The new XGameStation Pico Edition is aimed specifically at students and hobbyists, and allows them to build their own fully functional video games console from a kit of parts.
The Pico Edition comes as a kit, complete with a solderless breadboard and all the components to build an entire working game console in around one to two hours. The system is powered by an 80 MIP RISC processor, has direct raster controlled graphics, 3-channel sound, built-in programmer, and is capable of outputting both NTSC and PAL composite video. The console is also directly compatible with vintage Atari 2600 joysticks as well as custom-designed game pads.
The kit also comes with an eBook written by author Andre LaMothe on the design and programming of the XGameStation Pico Edition, along with all the software necessary to create games, demos, and experiments.
Once the XGameStation has been assembled, users are then encouraged to program their own games, with a busy community centered around the official XGameStation website
, and offering further advice, downloads and demonstrations.