Retro Gaming…

I am a serial modifier and like my games too so using kit supplied by Pi Retro Gaming I decided to combine the two 🙂

Armed with the Superior console package (based on the Odroid XU4 running Retro Pie) and a £10 ‘for parts’ PS1 I made a start…

PS1 was sold as faulty but it was clear that the issue was a poorly fitted mod chip… shame as I am sure it would work once sorted but I already have a great condition PS1 console sooooo….

The XU4 and hard drive wasn’t going to fit as is…

…so first job was to remove the XU4 from is case then set about getting the hard drive out of its case too…


Close but no cigar…

I ordered up some panel mount extension cables/parts for HDMI, power and ethernet connections and set about getting the PS1’s joypad ports working with a USB PS1 adaptor I sourced cheaply… I had already tested this on the console so I knew it would work…

First job was to remove the PCB on the back of the PS1’s ports…

Then I removed the joypad sockets from the adaptor…

Finally soldered this to the PS1’s ports…

I extended the adaptors LED’s to glow inside the memory card slots too… just because…

Tested they worked… which they did… however… turns out the adaptor has the ports arse about face… so the logical side for port 1 is actually port 2 so means the player 1 joypad setup only works on port 2… DOH!!… will need to rewire that at a later date…

In the meantime the parts/cables had turned up so I could finish laying out the console in the PS1 case…

I have added a small 4 port USB3 hub to allow me to plug more stuff in… the HDD uses its own port… the USB PS1 adaptor uses the USB2 port and the bluetooth/keyboard dongles take up two of the 4 ports in the USB3 hub…

With the layout sorted I marked up the base plate to screw the HDD down and used PCB standoffs to mount the XU4… this allowed the HDD cable to pass under the XU4 to give me a better cable run… cable management was a bit of a headache as all the plugs are so large!!…

All fitted up inside… and the panel mount cables are mounted to the top half of the case in a way to make it easy to hinge open if need be…

Power in, HDMI out and Ethernet all mounted on the rear of the console…

USB ports accessible from the CD drive… although I managed to mount them too high and couldn’t close the lid so have tweaked this…

Quick test… hooked it up to the PC monitor and all works as it should 🙂

Happy with that…

Future plans are to get the power button and LED working off the PS1’s switch… I tested this earlier with the breadboard just be sure but need to get a little more info about powering the LED due to the IO on the XU4..

The other thing I would like to do is extend the two remaining USB3 ports to the front through the memory card slots…

I think this would be a neater solution that the having to open the CD lid to access them…

More info on the Superior console can be found here…
https://www.piretrogaming.com/

Parts I used for this are:
HDMI panel mount extension – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B079VP9W1J
4 port USB3 hub – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N0BFBUD
Ethernet panel mount extension – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B077V421QH
USB PS1 joypad adaptor – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01K1CRX6A

Power was a 5.5/2.1 panel socket and plug setup to extend to the XU4… these parts I already had but you can get them from eBay, Maplin or Amazon

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