It was 7 years ago (ish) that I completed my first video game portable – the original VCSp. How do I know this? Well I had it sitting in the car, newly done, as I went in to get my taxes done (always at the last minute) and I was worried someone might steal it. And I recall sitting there looking at it and thinking “Damn that thing looks good!” To this date it remains the only portable I’ve ever kept for myself.
Super Bonus Download – Get the original “technical” drawing files I used to create the VCSp Rev 1, and, um, look at them I guess. So primitive, you’ll swear a monkey laid it out! (Hint: view in wireframe mode)
Enough of that sentimental crap – take a look at my latest portable creation – the Atari VCSp Rev 5.1:
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On the X-Y this unit is almost as small as the Rev 7 I made a few months back, but it has the added bonus of being just over an inch thick. (1.08″ to be precise) It’s by far the skinniest Atari portable I’ve done yet, and it’s funny to think back to when I was making then 2 inches thick. Ah, the memories…
The first 2 prototypes are already spoken for, but please email me if you’d be interested in getting one of these in the near future. I’m thinking about having some PCB’s made and running 20-30 of these. Price target is $300 with trade-in of an Atari 2600 4-switch. I think this is one of the better portables I’ve made thus far, it’s simple, small and stylish.
More pics and specs follow…
Here’s the rear of the unit. It has screws and takes (4) AA batteries, like the Rev 7. This gets you about 3 hours of playtime, rechargeables are a good idea. These are T-Energy brand, clearly so the unit can be played on cold, lost planets with ease.
End view. The black thing in the foreground is the volume control dial. Yes, I actually put a proper one in for a change. Build me a statue. Though I wish I would have made my “50’s Toaster” speaker slits a little thinner…
The Rev 5.1 sitting next to some “wanna-be” portables,for size reference. I still can’t get over the GBA not being backlit, what a crock. I wonder if I could unload it on eBay for enough to buy a six pack…
The player 2 port is back! The hole just to the right of it is the tint adjust.
Size: 7″ x 4.381″ x 1.08″
Batteries: x(4) AA
Display: 3.5″ diagonal TFT active matrix LCD, LED backlighting
Color scheme: Saddle shoe
Well, that’s about I have to say about this thing. Please let me know if you’d be interested in having one made.