Many developers grew up with a “retro” console; and many of these machines now rather well on our favorite pocket-sized Linux machine; Raspberry Pi. No one seems to know emulation hardware better than JamHamster; who has created a number of Pi-based retro gaming rigs and today we’re sharing yet another impressive homemade console system; this one housed inside of an old CRT TV.
In addition to creating housing from scratch, JamHamster likes to repurpose old hardware. Such is the case with this latest development that’s using an old Realistic brand Portavision 7. The old TV has been completely gutted; to make way for the Raspberry Pi and additional hardware necessary for the gaming rig.
The Portavision 7 was lightened using Retrobright and disassembled; to install the new electronics which mount to a custom metal frame with a sleek; curvy design. The Raspberry Pi in this project is connected to an RGBerry HAT; which adds both SCART or RGBS output support for emulating games with a real CRT TV.
You don’t need any external peripherals to use this console as it features both built-in speakers and an 8-inch IPS screen to replace the original. The new IPS is secured behind a thick curved lens that JamHamster filed from a solid piece of acrylic, a process he took the time to detail on his blog for those interested. JamHamster even went as far as creating a custom ribbon cable using wire and glue.