Prototype Xorya-I

A project log for XORYA - extremely low cost game console on PIC32

XORYA game console is just one chip PIC32MX170F256B (32-bit MIPS core, 256K flash, 64K data mem) in DIP28 package and a few other components

shaosSHAOS 11/12/2016 at 01:351 Comment

This is a prototype of the actual Xorya game console as it will look (codenamed "Xorya-I"):

As you can see it is "Direct-to-TV" kind of gamepad with 2 buttons on the right (green and red) and analog joystick on the left (currently it's 2-axis joystick from Parallax that costs more than $5). With composite video cable you can see cables for stereo sound (generated by 2 PWM). Later I'll add 2xAAA case on the back and power switch (it's not needed yet while I use PICKit3 to play with it).

Interesting thing is the fact that PIC32 chip is actually a cartridge with the game ;) In order to simplify process of inserting and removing of such game I put there a ZIF-socket (cost about $10). So the big idea is to present Xorya as an open source indie game platform with dedicated online store that will sell actual physical retro looking games for it (in form of preprogrammed PIC32 chips) both open source and proprietary with prices $5 and up.

Calculating everything (including future PCB of that size) I got possible retail price for the product (if I finally make it) - $29.95 (1 console plus 1 chip with "free" game). Thoughts?...


SHAOS wrote 11/12/2016 at 01:38 point

I know, I know, $30 is not "extremely low cost" anymore, but it will be still possible for users to by "a game" (preprogrammed PIC32 chip) and build Xorya on the breadboard around it without buying actual console :)

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