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who will go in with me on paying to have a new gaming console built and sold? Answered

who will be part of my team and build a new gaming console for me and who also will help me pay for it to be built and sold? and what does it take to have all the parts that i need to pay for? and what does it take to have a team? and what might the total price of the new console be?

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RelaxedSoup

10 years ago

The hardware part would be fairly simple, just use standard computer hardware for starters. Say a mini-ITX board with a dual or quad core CPU, a few gigs of RAM, a decent GPU (GTX 260 perhaps?) a decent SATA drive, and a optical drive. WiFi might be an added bonus, but it's not necessary for the prototype. All together you might end up spending $1000 + on hardware, but most likely you'll be able to keep the price down by scrounging parts.

I'd imagine that the most difficult part would be software, first you have to get a good platform for everything to run on (I'd suggest a Linux kernel of some sort). Then you'd have to make a nice-looking GUI with an easy to use interface, and to ensure that someone doesn't just buy the console and copy off all of your software, you'd have to engineer some kind of copy protection. And then you'd have to deal with games.

If you made it run cross-platform games, like PS1, PS2, Gamecube, N64, and NES games, along with modern titles, I could see it being a big hit. Of course, then you'd run the risk of being sued... You could also talk to freeware game developers (like the guys behind Nexuiz) and see if they'd let you sell their games commercially for your new system. You could also talk to Epic and see if they'd give you a break on Unreal Engine 3... not likely but it's worth a shot.

Overall, making a game system would be a huge pain in the neck, and there's much more to cover than what I listed above. I'm not saying that to discourage you, but you should know what you're in for when you begin. Set goals, don't think that you're going to make a game with Crysis graphics that runs perfectly on your system overnight. But by all means you should try it, it would be a pretty sweet thing to do if you pulled it off. Contact me if you have any questions about hardware or software, I'll be glad to help.

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rich4124RelaxedSoup

Answer 10 years ago

which kind of console should i make? one thats a brand new wii ? or one that plays cartriges and has some sort of save feature in it? or one that plays pc games? which is the cheapest also?

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RelaxedSouprich4124

Answer 10 years ago

If you made a newer, better version of the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo would almost inevitably sue you, unless of course you work for them. Also, with your idea for news and a Nintendo channel might be slightly unrealistic... how do plan on running several of your own networks? For hardware, I realize this isn't related to your question, but... All modern game systems are made up of specialized embedded hardware that's meant for only one purpose - to play games. in order to develop your own embedded board, you'd have to spend on the upwards end of thousands of dollars. So, given your budget, your only options would be to build a computer using existing PC hardware, or to find a cheap, standard computer that meets your needs. So, it would follow that, using PC hardware, you'd probably be best off running PC games and emulating older games (N64, Gamecube, etc.). I'd recommend using CD's as media, as they're dirt cheap. If someone really wants to pirate your games, having it on a cartage isn't going to do jack. You might be able to attract new customers by making your console support controllers/input devices from various sources (Xbox 360, PS3, etc.). Also, you could have it run standard PC games, and use a program like Xpadder to add input from the controllers. And if you're running PC games, (sadly) you'd probably need to use Micro$oft Windows... you could replace Windows Explorer with a better GUI that's more lightweight and geared towards consoles. Probably what you want to do is pick up a cheap (ish) computer that still has decent hardware and experiment on it, get a decent GUI going and add controller support, etc. Then you can decide if you're really interested and if you want to take the plunge and buy some brand-new hardware for you console.

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rich4124RelaxedSoup

Answer 10 years ago

can i use DVDs to put games on ? or only CDs?

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RelaxedSouprich4124

Answer 10 years ago

Doesn't matter. DVD's have 4 to 8 times the storage of a CD, but they're also more expensive, not by much though.

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pyro-jimRelaxedSoup

Answer 10 years ago

You got any idea what sort of programming language would be best for this? I suppose you might need more than one, for the GUI and other things E.T.C

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RelaxedSouppyro-jim

Answer 10 years ago

As far as Linux goes, I've heard Python is the best. I've never used it personally; however, I've heard it's fairly easy to learn. Other than that, C++ or C# would be good alternatives.

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poparoo4

10 years ago

I think your question is not very definitive. Because you are asking us how much it would be but we couldn't really tell you because you have not given us any designs or parts list. Would it be a PC or operating system? Would it be a system like a XBOX or Playstation where you have to buy the games on a disk? Or Would it be a plug and play system with games that are preprogrammed on it? Would it have catridges or disks? would it be portable and incorparate a screen? Would your team be a small group of unpayed people or would you approach a company? Have you got funds already if so how much? How much would you be expecting us to contribute to the funds? The list goes on so we really need some ideas first. Hope this helps as constructive criticism

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rich4124poparoo4

Answer 10 years ago

my console would be a version of the nintendo wii. it would have larger disk space on the console memory chip. it would have 4 wireless game controllers that sue abtteries. it would have classic controllers. but the only different thing would be -more console mempory because id like to choose from more channels then the wii now has. -any free news channel that tells me the national news and technology news. -nintendo channel. (it would cost 15.00 to purchase and add as a channel. -the page that shows updates about new or current games. and also may or may not show customers talking about hwo they liked the game. (just all like nintendo does). (this would be text and short videos. i know it wont be the exact same as nintendo has.) -wireless connection (nintendo has that). -wifi

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thermoelectric

10 years ago

The price is a factor that you won't even want to think about, because there are so many variables for example: What processor, What HDD, What RAM, Optical drives and a heap more factors.

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thermoelectricthermoelectric

Answer 10 years ago

And you also need to make a GUI (graphical user interface) for the users to work with, which will need some programmers.

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seitzerdave

10 years ago

Why not build a console the runs on PC games??

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rich4124seitzerdave

Answer 10 years ago

i was going to make a nintendo wii #2. maybe after i bought their upgraded one if they have it otu already. i wnated more space on the consoles chip. and i wanted to add stuff the wii wasnt able to have yet like cd/dvd slot. the discs would have songs movies and games on the. (you know what i mean). but maybe i will make a console that uses cartridges. what kind did the person (that thought of it) suggest i use? i dont have any skills at doing any part of this. i only have very little money. i used most of my cash on bills and then on a new website domain. and then the services for that to go up. (which is 500.00) so i think ill have a console with cartriges and maybe some sort of save data option.

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pyro-jim

10 years ago

You basically would want a small computer with custom software. Not only that, I'm not sure whether any graphics cards at the moment offer real HD. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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RelaxedSouppyro-jim

Answer 10 years ago

Actually, most modern graphics cards can output resolutions above and beyond HD (which is 1920x1080). Some even go up to 2560x1600. Most if not all have HDMI and/or composite video out, so hooking them up to a HD TV wouldn't be a problem.

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pyro-jimRelaxedSoup

Answer 10 years ago

I've only ever seen one graphics card with a HDMI I think and it wasn't cheap

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RelaxedSouppyro-jim

Answer 10 years ago

Well, the definition of "cheap" varies from person to person. I consider a "cheap" graphics card to be under $150, your opinion may vary. Using my criteria for pricing, a quick search on Newegg shows that there are 128 video cards with HDMI for under $150 (here's a link if you don't believe me). Just out of curiosity, where do you do your shopping for hardware? If you've only seen one card with HDMI then their variety or hardware is severely limited.

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AlternateLives

10 years ago

Electronics are like credit cards. they may not seem like a whole lot for
Individual parts, but they add up fast. this is a huge project, and I'm positive your not aiming small. to have a working console is not unlike a computer these days.
What you will need includes, but is not limited to, a processor, some sort of device to hold the console software (flash-based memory?), a decent graphics card, and some sort of inventive control scheme.

Consoles over the years have cost more to produce than to sell. how, then, do companies make up the difference? Games. If you design the next Final Fantasy VII or Ocarina of Time, you will make up that difference. Remember that a good game is not just pretty visuals, but good storytelling. to make the games easier to play, I suggest cartridges. You may be thinking "cartridges are so 1990's," but remember that flash-based memory has increased by leaps and bounds recently. remember when 2 Gb cost over $40?

Anyway, this is my view. Another plus about cartridges is that they are harder to pirate. finally, if you make a way to play old N64 and SNES titles, you could really be raking in the dough.

I hope my advice helps. If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail.

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pyro-jim

10 years ago

What sort of kills do you have? Software proggramming, great knowledge of electronics and hardware, business skills? If you had the parts could you put them together? There is an awfull lot to think about when making a console and most commercial consoles make a deal with companies like Nvidia anyway. It is my dream to make somthing like this but could you really do it?