Homemade arcade machines are often a compromise, employing a gamepad or a stick-and-buttons arrangement that plays many games. But isn’t ideal for those that require steering wheels or weird trackball arrangements like Missile Command. A Kickstarter campaign by California company RetroDimSum and brought to our attention by Hackster, however, aims to change all that. With a Raspberry Pi-powered emulation station with swappable controls.
Called the Revocade, the controls attach using a USB port and four spring-loaded touchpoints. Two locking buttons hold it in place, and thanks to the USB interface. You can use the controllers on other platforms or connect your favorite arcade stick to the front of the machine.
Controllers include an arcade stick with six buttons, a racing wheel with a pedal, and a trackball and spinner for the likes of Breakout. Adding extra controller types is a future possibility, with light guns, flight sticks, and two-player arrangements mentioned. The decals on the front of the unit, shaped like a traditional arcade machine, are also customizable.
The Revocade’s 17-in square IPS screen (1024×1024) means it’s usable in both landscape and portrait orientations for those who like vertically scrolling shooters as well as beat ’em ups that scroll horizontally. Inside, you’ll find a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM (although the creators are looking at sourcing other boards given that Pi 4s are particularly hard to get hold of right now). Unfortunately, there’s no mention of what software it’s running, but we’d be surprised if it wasn’t RetroPie. The creators also point out that, despite being advertised as running potentially ‘thousands’ of games, the machine doesn’t come with any games or ROMs.