Alex Mitchell

Digital Foundry runs Evercade through its paces

John Linneman from Digital Foundry, an arm of Eurogamer that focuses on exploring the technical and aesthetic aspects of both contemporary and retro games, has published a surprisingly positive review of the Evercade. The Evercade is an ARM-based handheld emulation console with a twist: instead of being sold as a self contained unit packed with […]

Alex Mitchell

Retron77 Firmware Updated By Stella Devs (6.1rc1)

Developer DirtyHairy has released a new version of Stella, an Atari 2600 emulator, for use on Hyperkin’s Atari 2600 emulation console, the Retron77. This update brings a variety of bug fixes and improvements from the main fork of Stella to the Retron77 build while also including some Retron77-specific features that improve the user experience. Here’s […]

SmokeMonster

Atari Jaguar: Reverse Polarity Protection Diode Fix

The Atari Jaguar has no protection against reversed polarity power supplies, so if a center-positive PSU is mistakenly connected it will destroy several components in the console rendering it dead*. It is common knowledge that you can add a diode to protect against this, but I searched for proper instructions without luck. ElectronAsh was kind […]

SmokeMonster

Atari 7800 Schematics Found in Dumpster Treasure Trove

Fifty pages of complete engineering schematics for the Atari 7800 and its associated ICs have been released by Curt Vendel, the historian behind the Atari Museum History Project. The documents have circulated among private individuals for years, but this is the first time they have been publicly accessible. The schematics essentially provide a blueprint that […]

Rany Battikh

Wireless mouse adapter for the Atari ST/Amiga

Lotharek, mostly known among retro gamers for creating the Hydra series of Scart switches, has just released a USB-to-db9 converter that basically allows the user to use any wireless mouse on the flagships of the 16-bit era of computers: the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga. Based on the Smally Mouse project, Lotharek‘s adapter only […]

Vanessa (Vanessaira)

Birth of the Amiga Interview (Joe Decuir)

  A wonderful interview with Electrical Engineer Joe Decuir, just took place recently at VCF East 2019 (Vintage Computer Festival).  Mr. Decuir was instrumental in the founding of the Hi-Toro / Amiga line of computers as well as other classic computers and hardware from Atari and more.  The Guru Meditation conducted this interview and if you […]

Vanessa (Vanessaira)

New Atari 2600/Retron 77 Controller

A new controller for the Atari 2600/7800 and Retron 77 consoles is being prototyped and tested from the company HyperKin.  Youtuber John Hancock showcased this new prototype on his channel with permission from HyperKin.  Called the “Ranger” John went through several games on the 7800 and Retron 77 utilizing different controller modes and breaking down […]

SmokeMonster

$7 Atari 2600 CX-40 Tactile Switch Drop-In Replacement PCB

Osgeld’s Mod Shop is selling $7 drop-in replacement PCBs for the famous, but now much-maligned Atari 2600 CX-40 Joystick, making it clicky and tactile with real C&K microswitches, with no other modding required. The first batch is sold out but you can sign up on the site to be notified when they are restocked. https://osgeld.fwscart.com/CX-40_Atari_2600_Tactile_Switch_Drop_In_Replacement_PCB/p5988195_19269795.aspx […]