To celebrate their sixth birthday the awesome Pimoroni online electronic store geared for makers and electronic enthusiasts has announced the launch of a new completely redesigned 2018 Picade Raspberry Pi arcade game kit. Created to provide the “ultimate desktop retro arcade machine”. The awesome desktop gaming arcade is now more compact and equipped with more features than ever as well as a higher-resolution display, a new Picade X HAT, a Pimoroni-made display driver board, and more.
Picade is a Raspberry Pi-powered mini arcade that you build yourself, with authentic arcade controls, a high resolution 4:3 display that’s ideal for retro gaming, and a punchy speaker to hear those awesome 8-bit game soundtracks. Check out the video below for a quick overview of what you can expect from the 2018 Picade arcade cabinet.
“The all-new Picade X HAT is packed full of useful features. We’ve moved from more fiddly screw terminals to simple DuPont connectors that just push in, and the speaker terminals are the same easy push-fit connectors that we use on pHAT BEAT. Picade comes in kit form, and it’ll take around two to three hours to build.
There’s new artwork, a new display and display driver board, dedicated power button, an all-new Picade X HAT, easier wiring, easier access to the interior of the cabinet, beautiful new packaging, a bunch of extra goodies (stickers and an enamel Picade pin), and a gorgeous Picade poster and assembly instructions.The cabinet is made from powder-coated MDF, giving it a quality look and feel similar to a full-size arcade. All you’ll need to add is a Raspberry Pi, power supply, and micro-SD card. .”
Features and specifications of the Raspberry Pi arcade kit include :
Black, powder-coated panels
Acrylic marquee and console with authentic artwork
Push-fit arcade buttons
Joystick with black ball top
3″ speaker (5W, 4Ω)
Easy access with removable back panel
Dedicated illuminated power button
Grippy rubber feet
– Display features
1024×768 (4:3 ratio) IPS (wide viewing angle) display
Pimoroni-designed and manufactured HDMI display driver board and keypad controls
Powered by micro-USB cable (included) from your Pi
– Picade X HAT features
Easy DuPont connectors for buttons and joystick
Push-fit speaker terminals
I2S audio DAC with 3W amplifier (mono)
Power management, power switch pins, and power button
4-way joystick inputs
6 player buttons
4 utility buttons
I2C expansion (allows multiplayer with forthcoming hardware)
Metal standoffs to hold your Picade X HAT securely
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