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]

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    I wonder how he uses memory cards for systems like the Gamecube and PS2, plus that one for the Dreamcast!

    wait.... so he wants the authenticity of playing it on its original console, but has a retarded controller, what a dick head, all i do is use emulation and adapters to plug the controller into my computer

      This is all about the challenge of the build.

      How does building an interesting hobby project like this make him a dickhead? It doesn't harm anyone, and it probably interesting to build.

        the point of the dickhead bit is his rather stupid controller, yet he goes on about authenticity, not my fault you're a dick head for reading it wrong

          I don't think calling those who question your use of dick head "dick head" is going to help your case here, champ.

            -10 votes for stating my opinion, no one had to reply so fuck em

              Because you're being a cunt.

                thank you for your wonderful comment, it will be noted and given to someone who cares, when i find someone who Gives a shit

              But you didn't just state an opinion: you also insulted the guy. When I asked why you were insulting him, you started insulting me.

              You could easily have said you think emulation is a better solution without the insults. You could even have said you thought he was wasting his time building a box like this and you wouldn't have got this response.

                emulation isn't the better, but it sure beat that retarded controller, and he said he wanted authenticity on how it was meant to be, so if playing it how it was meant to be played is what he truly what he wanted he wouldn't have made such a crap controller and that's why he is a dickhead

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          There IS actually a point to the controller. If you had been following the build you may have realised WHY there is only one controller. BTW - You use emulators. LOL. If you are implying that THAT is an authentic experience then you are sadly mistaken. I assume you also own both the original BIOS and the games that you play?

            i only emulate the ps2 and N64 and only games i own, i ripped my own ps2 bios when a game i brought from America(Kingdom Hears RE:Com) wouldn't work, but even with the pal bios on pcsx2 it still plays American games, as for n64 i still have my n46 but for some reason after about 10 minutes of play it resets its self, so i emulate for the only 2 games i won and play, Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie

              Try cleaning the reset button and take the power pack out and giving it a quick clean. It is a common n64 problem. You can also use compressed air to clean the vents and cartridge slot. The n64 has proprietary screws so you need an a-bit screwdriver to open it.

                i shall try that, thank you for being the only usefull person to reply

                  The only other thing to try is cleaning the contacts on the actual cartridge with cleaning alcohol. WORKS WONDERS. You can get a small bottle from the chemist for a buck or two.

      He mentions this in the video, Emulation might work for some titles and some consoles, but the feel is never the same as it is when playing on the authentic hardware.

      As for the controller, while I do feel it is more. . . peculiar than the more ergonomically designed controllers we have nowadays, to put in a controller input for all the necessary consoles would of taken up too much room and been unfeasible. Regardless the idea of how he has the universal controller adapt to the different controller types for the different consoles is quite ingenious. . .

    The video is painful with him and his whistling of certain letters.

    I wish i had the know-how to make something similar. That really is fantastic!

    I thought he might have been able to get say the PS2 controller and somehow adapt it to all of them.

    Ben Heck could learn a thing or two from this over his bullshit xbox+wii+ps3 combo by the looks.

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