Subject: Work on a MiSTer Taito F3 core is starting soon!
Subject: MiSTer - Insector X inbound, Taito F3 | Analogue Pocket - NES Core update, Rumble Support + MORE
Subject: What should an Portable FPGA console be like?
As much as I love the idea behind the Analogue Pocket, the fact that it has been upgraded to run fires from home consoles like the SNES makes me think that we are close to a better retro console than most on the market. For example, a future version could have a similar design to the retroid pocket 3+,only with hall sensors and an OLED screen.
Is this readable though?
Subject: MiSTer FPGA DE-10 NANO vs RetroPie! Neo Geo Showdown! Which Should You Play? MiSTer or Raspberry Pi?
Subject: BEST FAN GAMES to try on your ANALOGUE POCKET/MiSTer
Subject: The OTHER God Tier Japanese Gaming PC! This is what is coming to MiSTer FPGA
Subject: Please check out the new rules.
Hey all. I've posted some new rules.
I think they are pretty non-controversial, common-sense kinds of things. But feel free to speak up if you think that they aren't helpful or fair. As always, I'd like the community here to weigh in on how this place is run, if you care to.
Depending on the rule and the severity of the infringement, posts and comments may be removed, and users may be temporarily or permanently banned.
I don't care for the power-hungry reddit mod lifestyle and recognize that people have bad days and make mistakes, so I'm generally willing to give warning and future chances. I also don't think that moderation has been too hard here so far as people are mostly pretty cool and friendly, so I don't expect to have many issues with these rules, but it'll become more important as this place continues to grow.
For the first time I'm also putting a formal ban on off-topic images and videos, like game footage captured from original hardware for example. Why? Because people are here to learn and read news about new (mostly FPGA) hardware projects, and to see the status and output of existing projects. Outside the context of direct comparison, game footage taken from original hardware can only serve to confuse community members about what kinds of devices and cores are out there, what they can do, and how well they do it. That's the opposite of what we want to achieve here, right?
So, in the future please keep image and video posts on-topic to the best of your ability. If you aren't sure then just go ahead and ask, but I will remove posts and warn posters for off-topic media, and if it seems like you are intentionally repeat offending then you may end up with a temporary ban. Fair?
Subject: INSECTOR X on the MiSTer FPGA DE10 NANO & ANALOGUE POCKET video gameplay footage
Subject: Show off your setup! Here’s my MISTer setup in Tate mode for shmups, currently running DoDonPachi. What’s everyone else running?
Subject: My MiSTer: digital I/O, 256MB of RAM, MT32-PI, full-sized keyboard + mouse, and SF30 Pro controller. The 1080p monitor has built-in stereo speakers and rotates 90° for vertical arcade games. --- Now I can play cycle-accurate Galaga, Zelda, and King's Quest to my heart's content.
Subject: Using original cartridges
Im pretty new to fpga gaming. I know mister doesn’t support cartridges And i know that analogue devices do use original cartridges, But are there any alternatives to both that do use original cartridges? Or are those really the only good options for fpga gaming?
Subject: Blazing Star; Pulstar's Twin; on MiSTer FPGA
Subject: MiSTer FPGA DE10 NANO! Wow This Core Is Getting AWESOME! Final Sega Saturn FPGA Core Testing of 2022
Subject: Let's get this funded! Only 3 days left
Subject: Any atrac17 Integer_Video_Modes 6x Guides available for Mister?
I keep reading that these premade mister mode lines are the best for 4K televisions and 6X scales. Unfortunately, I can find absolutely zero information on how to actually install or use them with mister. Just the github data link.
Does anyone have any information on how to actually use these or install these in mister? Thank you so much for any assistance.
Subject: Darkwing Duck! Capcom's Mega Man Style 2D Action Platformer on MiSTer
Subject: Space Bomber; or how the Saturn core could help us get to a Psiyko SH2 core
Subject: Is everyone aware that Jotego will attempt making an Atari Jaguar core for Mister?
Subject: Gaming on less-expensive FPGAs?
tl;dr: Is there any desire for a less-expensive FPGA retro gaming option?
I have been pondering the future of FPGA retro gaming for quite some time.
Let me start by saying that I love the momentum behind the MiSTer project, and the project's excellent quality and community support. I would never suggest that we should end or replace MiSTer... it has become the gold standard of FPGA gaming.
However, I am beginning to feel that we could benefit from another option, one that is lower cost and perhaps simpler so that it is more accessible and can appeal to a wider audience.
The DE10 Nano is a loss leader for Intel, but it is still $223 USD (on the Terasic website). Making it a desirable MiSTer system requires another $50-$200 of accessories. Its Cyclone V SoC is large, fast, and capable, but it would be prohibitively expensive to incorporate the same FPGA/SoC in a standalone board. What happens to the MiSTer project when the DE10 Nano goes end-of-life? It seems like most things in the MiSTer project are tailored to the DE10 Nano as a platform.
I would love a lower cost option for FPGA gaming, something under USD$100 that could handle recreating most fourth-generation consoles (SNES, Genesis, etc.) and late-80's personal computers (386 PC, Amiga 500, Atari ST, etc.). That would be enough to support a huge library of games and software. Preferably, it would be open source hardware and not a loss leader so that the community could feasibly incorporate it into its own designs in different form factors like console, handheld, desktop PC, etc. We could take the opportunity to design smaller and more efficient cores that could be portable to multiple FPGA platforms. It could also be an educational platform so that younger generations could learn programming and electronics in the context of a "simpler time" when you could actually know most low-level details of a computer system.
The other day I discovered the Spartan Edge Accelerator board that seems to fit most of these requirements. You can get it from Seeed's website for <$40 (on backorder) or from Digikey for <$80. It includes a small-ish Spartan 7 XC7S15 FPGA coupled with the ESP32 WiFi/Bluetooth microcontroller. The board has HDMI, a micro SD card slot, analog inputs, and various expansion headers. The ESP32 can act as a system controller, capable of configuring the FPGA and then communicating with the core via QSPI. A simple 4 MB RAM expansion could be added via 2x QSPI PSRAM chips connected to the FPGA I/O pin header. Expansion boards could have ports for inputs (DE9, PS/2, USB, SNAC, whatever).
A platform like this would be less about interfacing with era hardware (analog video, original controllers, cartridges, etc.) and more about creating a fun, easy-to-use, non-emulation retro gaming experience at a lower cost. (I would love to see netplay options, as well, to play with friends online or to compete in a ladder.)
Would you be interested in a smaller and lower-cost FPGA gaming platform? Asking for a friend.
Subject: Dimahoo Core TATE impossible to flip?
Hi, I've notice the tate mode (so the regular one) of the arcade core of Dimahoo can't flipped around (no option in the Menu, the Service Menu in game doesn't show anything like that). It is quiet a shame I can't play it on my arcade cabinet (impossible to rotate the screen CW the cable to the chassis a to short). Is there something I miss?