To Recap what we are doing in this thread:
I'm on still on the sbc but I got redream going so I snuck in a little game play session.
You ain't wrong Ian. I probably won't play any other version ever again. This is a lot funner than it sounds and it sounds fun.
Not meant as any disrespect toward prior releases, but this one really works and imo is the king of the Amiga CD 16 line. Everything is coming together just beautifully. I love the bios plus video intros, the music really does bring a whole new level of enjoyment, and the gameplay is so good now that the LEDs are gone I forget what I am playing on. Knocked this one right out of the park. I didn't have anything against the LEDs but now that they are gone I am pro-no-led.
I VERY much appreciate the audio levels!! Perfect. Beautiful representation.
Playing was really inspiring. I don't know why right now, because I have not looked for a reason, but on my old PC redream ran the DC bios. On my SBC my new download of ReDream does not run the DC bios. It just goes directly into the game. I didn't like that when I booted DC games but when I booted Amiga CD 16's IK+ I sure loved it. I never really considered the impact two bios back2back has. Amiga CD16 being a real DC Hardware project is definitely super cool and I don't think anyone here would have it any other way, but there is a coolness to the Amiga bios video starting things off that I didn't anticipate I would enjoy so much. It really makes it feel like this was once a console.
I have a lot on my plate atm, obviously won't be doing anything digital for a while given my HDD is crapped and I'm already on a time constraint thanks to my work, but, soon as I am able I'm going to try to make a "console"
Obviously really what I'm saying is I'm planning on make an Amiga CD16 shell. Would be really cool if the inners were DC hardware but I just can not bring myself to do anything like that. I thought about it but even if I bought a new DC I wouldn't be able to de-shell her on purpose with no issues to the OG shell or anything. Maybe just for a bit, like for a video, but I'm leaning much more toward this SBC or something like it being the hardware portion of it.
I don't have anything really worked out yet, it's just an inspiration. I just know loosely, I'd like to make a shell to put a little tiny computer in along with a disc bay. Then I'd like to take an emu, not sure which yet....whatever works best I guess. but I'd want the emu limited down and a bit automated. None of that GUI library stuff redream does but instead automatically loads the games. Don't need any bells and whistles like debug and whatnot, saving would probably be the only emu function outside of playing I'd be interested in retaining. Anyway, once I have the "console" made and ready I'll get to work with some printed cds and with art and such nonsense. I can't hardly get MILs pressed for something like this but I could make decent looking burned discs with pictures on the backs of them for representation and photopaper printer books and inserts to make it all look the part.
So that in the end she looks and acts like a console but really is just some fantastic ports by Kremiso and Ian.
Once it is all done, if I am able, I would take it another step and try to make a lame 90s commercial too....maybe...80s? Like as if it came out and the whole entire world just missed it.
Just for fun. I wouldn't sell anything like this to people. I'd like to present it like it's something that used to be for sale not something I'm selling. That said, at any point in the project if anyone wants something like this I'll do everything all open so you don't have to take my word for it. Plastic is too expensive to say I'd make one for free but if y'all are into it or get into it I'll make a thread and give a full howto along with the wheres and costs and such and if the work seems beyond anyone they can just ask me and I'll do it at cost. Not for profit, if anyone should profit it should be Ian and Krem not me.
It's just all very cool and I'm not a digital worker really. I make molds and want to make one for this super cool project.
If no one's into it, don't worry, I won't bug you guys much about it or bring it up much. I'm def going to show it off though.[/hide]
I am no artist but to give folks and idea of what I'm thinking I've made a couple mock ups:
didn't realize having no BG and using black would be so unreadable. Sorry folks.
I'm not married to anything you see I just tried to combine a bit of CD32 with DC design and just a splash of genesis....and a little bit I got a new version of gimp and it's all laid out wonky so some choices were just laziness or frustration.
Video - In my first post on the subject I didn't really consider how USBs and HDMIs gives away this is not 80s hardware. I know there are plenty of converters for video output so my only plan there it to take whatever output the device has on it naturally and convert it to an older output in the shell leaving just the video converter's outputs to be plugged into. This assumes HDMI and RBG but given converters usually have multiples it'll probably end up taking RBG, VGA, and maybe even Coaxial.
Slide switches - for both the power and lid opening switches. The CD32 had a slide and press switch, as did the genesis.
USB to DB9 - I couldn't get the shape right but those pill shapes represent DB9s. It is actually something I did years ago doing something similar to this. I made a modern computer look very old with toggles and DB9 and such. A DB9, jic, is the controller input on the Amigas and old Sega consoles. These would be functioning USBs, probably 3.0s but if I can do C's I will. Probably limit them down to 2 since no games, that i know of, actually supports 4 and 4's kind of another modern give away.
Ribbed vents - Not sure what they are actually called but I am sure you guys get what I mean. Those are not meant to be stripes I just suck at art and can't do perspective or depth. The same kind of style as what's on the CD32 opposite the disk bay, on the genesis opposite the cart port, and kind of on the OG Xbox almost exactly like I have it running along the sides.
Barrel Plug - I just mean I won't allow the power block to be a micro usb or some such similar dead giveaway. The older power converters that use the round plug will do fine, those have been around forever.
I don't think it needs a fan but probably best to put one in anyway given old hardware always had noisy fans.
I was already planning on moding a controller shell but looks like the only thing I can keep is the board itself. I'll make some art eventually for the controller. Just a simple d-pad with a couple buttons wired db9 controller. I like the slate grey, red, and whit scheme so probably just stick with that.
Straight up ripped off the DC lid and general shape. A lot of elements are shared between the CD32 and Gensis but that's more because the CD32 and Genesis had a lot in common than me including Gensis elements on purpose. The only things Genesis on purpose is a bit the layout on the lid. Originally I was just going to mimic the DC even more but the I wanted to add the 16-BIT logo from the Genesis. There were too many 16's though so I swapped it with the CD16 logo made by Ian. The check is abouts where the DC swirl would be. The Amiga tag is abouts where is says Dreamcast on a real dreamcast. The commodore logo on the front is about where the sega logo on the dreamcast would be.
The CD32 has a clear view port. I wanted you have one on this but couldn't work it in.
Here again colored:
It's not great but it is a start and gives folks a visual for what I'm talking about.
I'm going to go look at some android and linux and what not little tiny computer solutions now. Once I have a working configuration that will dictate that layout of the shell quite a bit.
I'm open to any and all suggestions on any of it. Nothing hammered down yet, just ideas at the moment.
I tried a bunch of different format options. Sorry about the leftover tags. I was trying to make the words more of an optional read but didn't find anything that works.