Gamers and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts searching for a project to keep them busy this weekend may be interested in a new tutorial which has been created to build a portable Raspberry Pi games console using the Adafruit Arcade Bonnet, 8-way switch joystick, Retropie software and of course a Raspberry Pi mini PC.
Check out the video embedded below to learn more about the project which can be built fairly quickly by adding arcade buttons to your Raspberry Pi using the Adafruit Arcade Bonnet.
This Adafruit Arcade Bonnet is designed to make small emulator projects a little easier to build. Here’s what you can look forward to!
• It is the same size as a Pi Zero, so for really compact builds, this is super small. You can use it with a Pi 2, 3, B+ or any 2x20 connector Pi.
• It has JST sockets so you can plug in six arcade buttons easily using our quick connects
• Header breakouts for use with both clicky-type switched joysticks and…
• Header breakout and converter for using analog-type joysticks or thumbsticks with potentiometers inside
• A 3W speaker output that can drive 4-8 ohm speakers for when using with a TV output, HDMI display or PiTFT
• Switches are all managed with an I2C-GPIO converter with interrupt out. The converter is very fast and frees up all the pins so you can use this Bonnet with a PiTFT or any other accessory/device that uses a lot of pins!
For more information on the new Adafruit Arcade Bonnet jump over to the Adafruit website for details by following the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.