Retro

The Best Gaming Machine Ever Uses Hardware From 15 Different Consoles

“Project Unity” is a retro-gamer’s dream machine. Forget about emulators, this thing is constructed using parts from 15 consoles, including a PS2, Sega Master System, Dreamcast and Atari 7800. The unassuming box is, undeniably, an ingenious feat of engineering and raw awesome.

The picture to the right represent 3500 hours of hard work, spread across three years. It weights 20kg, contains 300m of cabling and all up, cost about £700 ($1022). Creator “Bacteria” describes it as the “Swiss Army knife of retro gaming pleasure” — an accurate statement when you consider the systems it covers:

  • Amstrad GX4000
  • Sega Master System
  • Atari 7800
  • ColecoVision
  • Intellivision
  • Sega Megadrive
  • Super Nintendo
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Gameboy Advance
  • NeoGeo MVS
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Sega Saturn
  • PlayStation 2
  • Turbografx

Binding it together is a single power supply, SCART output and a master controller — the latter itself a daunting piece of hardware with six shoulder buttons, 12 keypad buttons, four actions buttons and various thumbsticks and a D-pad.

If you’re feeling giddy at the thought of owning this magnificent machine — I have bad and good news: it’s not for sale, but Bacteria does provide tutorials on his website to help you construct your own.

Project Unity [Made By Bacteria, via Technabob]