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~£28, it would be interesting to know from someone experienced in this level of hardware how low the cost could be driven down by selecting an appropriate size FPGA based on the HDL and low frequencies those chips ran on the NES.
Both have an open-source NES core supporting many games (forks of the same original project). They are more expensive than the NES mini, the ZxUno at 70 euros (without case nor VGA adapter), and the MiST at 200 euros with a case [but bigger FPGA = supports more systems such as Atari and Amiga]. There are a couple of gotchas though: neither connects to carts (they could in theory, but the focus was to make them generic so they use SD cards), and more importantly neither has HDMI. That isn't a huge problem but you could expect a slightly higher price to add the necessary parts.
TL;DR the solutions exist, price could be made comparable but probably they can't be bothered to find a hardware guru to do it.
Just take a few big strokes from other computer museums and make most displays as interactive as possible. Obviously talk about video games too. Throw in some robot programming workshops with mini robots doing stuff in an arena for a few minutes. Offer free apps for kids to take away some concepts and continue at home.
I wonder if it's worth hanging the VR set to the ceiling to hold part of the weight...
*give some away
Back in the 90s I joked that computers would become so ubiquitous that they would some away when buying a box of laundry powder.... not far away now...
4Mbps with no monthly data caps would be fair enough, the problem I see often is that they also gouge users with tiny GB limits over which you pay quite a bit more. To be fair, I guess they know many ppl would just constantly download and keep those 4Mbps constantly used.
This is really a problem when your butt has a bigger social life than yours.
Joke aside, with some many people getting one any problems are bound to pop up quite quickly (like this one).
TFA found out precisely which chip it is (U16), covering it solves the problem.
I was the first kid in school to get a CD drive... mono speed... which I brought from a trip to the US. Six months later everybody had 2X because importers skipped directly to the faster version
Nowadays people are trying to reimplement the ZX Spectrum on FPGA, which gives you a hardware clone of the original and (in theory) could be made compatible with legacy hardware. It's still not perfect, but somehow feels closer to the real thing than emulators (and they use less power than a PC).
Thanks for pointing it out, I was wondering the same thing. Probably too expensive for them to use/design a custom SoC (given how the DTV story turned out).
Correction: it's an emulator, as somebody else pointed out in a comment. Meaning that it won't "feel" as close to the original, but might be good enough for those who can't be bothered to hunt for games online or to attach a keyboard to a phone and use one of the existing Android/iOS Spectrum emulators.
You can get stickers for a USB keyboard... it's not the same as the real rubber keys, but at least the solution is future-proof in that it is inexpensive to re-print.
Combine this with a system re-implementation (FPGA or dedicated SoC) and the experience should be very close to the original compared to emulators (instant on, no lag, etc.).
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