The aim of the project is to get my whole computer and retro technology collection out of my loft and various other storage places, set them up, test them, play with them and finally use our Matterport 3d camera to capture images of all of them and convert these into a 3d virtual tour that can be viewed through a VR headset. Really, its just an excuse to spend the next few weeks playing games on computers from the 70’s through to current systems.
Virtual visitors will be able to view the collection set up on desks and click on information points to get information about the particular consoles, handhelds, computers etc. they are interested in.
I have already got most of the items to work in a storage area and have started cataloguing them. I just don’t have enough TV’s and monitors and space to set up them all up at once so have decided to capture them in batches based on Make/genre etc. The first scans i’m working on now are going to be for a display of Amstrad computer technology and will incorporate the following:
- Amstrad GX4000 boxed with homebrew cartridge & other misc games plus spare controllers
- Cpc464 plus
- Dmp2000 printer
- Games/software titles
- TV modulator
- Add- ons
- Light pen
- Amstrad CPC464 (57539)
- Amstrad Colour Monitor CTM644-2 (541-7532830
- Amstrad CPC464 (5316803386)
- Amstrad CTM640 Colour Monitor (87360)
- Amstrad CPC464 (185969 K31-58) – some keys not working
- Amstrad PCW16
- NC100 (Some keys not working)
- Amstrad PC1640 with 3.5″ external HDD, dust covers, printer switch box
- Amstrad DMP4000 Printer
- Box of 3.5 and 5.25″ disks
- Speech Synthesiser
I will update this list over the next couple of days and post pictures when finished
This is my SNES mini that I picked up from Game in Bracknell for £79.99 late last year when they were difficult to get hold of. They were released in September and like many newly released Nintendo products quickly sold out and you had to keep an eye online for available stock.
It comes preinstalled with 21 built in games:
- Contra III: The Alien Wars
- Donkey Kong Country
- Final Fantasy III
- Kirby Super Star
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Mega Man X
- Secret of Mana
- Star Fox
- Star Fox 2
- Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
- Super Castlevania IV
- Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
- Super Mario World
- Super Metroid
- Super Punch-Out!!
- Yoshi’s Island
In the box is an HDMI cable as they connect to your TV via HDMI, two controllers and a Micro USB cable to connect to a 5V power source. They are tiny compared to the original SNES, very light, have a power and reset button but the cartridge slot is for show only and does not function. They also have additional features and such as the ability to rewind games.
For the nerds, the SNES mini uses the Allwinner R16 system on a chip with four ARM Cortex A7 central processing units and an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processing unit. It includes 512 MB of flash storage and 256 MB of DDR3 memory. I haven’t tried yet but apparently it is hackable and runs the Linux operating system.