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Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by bacteria Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:50 am

After a fair bit of work, here is the completed project:

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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by Nyukki Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:57 am

That's really cool. I was just thinking today when the guy next to me on the subway was playing his Vita, I need something to play GBA FF6 but with a bigger screen.
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by CRTGAMER Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:46 am

Beautiful job! That screen is so bright and sharp. You just put a tease for all that do not like the GBA SP due to the closeness of the buttons. The regular GBA buttons with wider placement looks minimal compared to the Big Boy Advance! :D

I play a SupaBoy (portable SNES) and one of the problems is having to hold the screen straight to keep a direct bright view. This is due to the screen having a minimal view angle. Your Big Boy looks to have a great view angle range evidenced when you tilted it.

Another tease for you. In addition to adding video output for the big screen, maybe throw in a NES controller port? This will give the option of setting the unit down and just having to hold the gamepad, useful especially if you add that video output.

My Supaboy has video output, but the SNES controller ports only go "hot" if the video cable is plugged in. The video connection port has a bypass switch inside detecting when the video cable is plugged in. The Supaboy PCB can only work one set of controllers at a time due to maintaining the original port connection with the external gamepad chip. It would be nice if the gamepad ports are always on, would make the Supaboy easier to play at home even when not hooked to the big screen.

If you did add NES gamepad mod, I imagine you could only enable one set of buttons at a time on the Big Boy. To keep both hot, maybe go the direct wire method to the gamepad buttons, bypassing the controller chip inside the NES gamepad? A nine pin connector (eight buttons, one extra for other side of button contacts) could make this work to allow easy unplugging the modded NES gamepad.

Wired with standard 2600 controller port layout this will also allow all 1st and 3rd party 2600 joysticks (no internal chips have direct wire) to work with single (A) button GBA games! :idea:

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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by bacteria Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:52 am

Could have external controller easily but no point as it is weighted to sit comfortably in my hand and the buttons in natural postions. The back of the case is flat though, so unit is perfectly able to be played flat on a table.

Pleased you like it!
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by BRIK Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:54 am

Loving it, the magnetic screen protector is especially cool. I don't know if I'm digging the colour of it though :lol:
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by bacteria Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:58 am

I had thought the colour was going to be darker, however works.

I am working on two N64 commissions at the moment, using the same cases, and those will be spray painted in textured black instead of this textured stone colour scheme.
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by ClassicallyTrained Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:42 am

Always impressed by your work, this look beautiful.
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by Broodstar Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:34 am

Wow, what a superb console ... Nice, great work man!

Can you post some pics with a game boy classic game running? I'm curious how is the game displayed on that superb screen.
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by samsonlonghair Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:42 am

Did you use the bottom half of a DS for this?
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Re: Completed portable - GBA with 8" screen

by bacteria Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:37 pm

you do know this is an 8" screen...?
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