Tuesday, March 24, 2009

XGameStation - AVR 8-bit Development board - Create your own console game!

XGamestation sent me a link about their new AVR 8-bit Developement kit, XGS AVR 8-Bit Development System. After reading the details, I am impressed. The DIY video console game is nice, and showed me how the AVR 8-bit processor can be optimized to do complicated image processing(So far, I only use AVR for small project!). Let's take a look on the video demo first:

The kit includes:
1) XGS AVR 8-bit development board (VGA output, NTSC/PAL output, game controller(NES) port, PS/2 port, SD card slot, power regulator, serial port, audio output etc.)
2) AVR USB MKII ISP programmer
3) one NES clone gamepad
4) 1G MicroSD
5) DVD (includes all the codes, manuals to kick start)

One thing want to emphasis is the Ebook "Inside the XGS AVR 8-Bit" come with the kit, it is a comprehensive guide of programming AVR and also game console programming. If you are very interested on how the game console works, it is a good book for you too.

See? It is a complete kit for game console programming, it costs $139.95, you can buy it here: http://www.xgamestation.com/view_product.php?id=46&mid_img_index=0

Let me know if you make some cool games! I am pretty busy recently, otherwise, I really want to have a try! and write you an in-depth review on it!

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I've got one of these... cool little board.

Unfortunately, after-market support has been awful. The XGamestation forums, when they work, are pretty bare (actually, they were wiped out but not restored at one point).

Andre is good at making these systems, but he's like a kid with a shiny toy--and he's already been distracted from the AVR with his next project. He's even admitted in a post that he's glad he's done with it and isn't going to be writing any more drivers for it (despite the fact that some of the included ones are pretty buggy).

So if you want to walk the walk alone, this is the kit for you. Frankly, nowadays I'd just go get a Uzebox instead.