Raspberry PiSONE Multiple Entertainment Centre




Introduction: Raspberry PiSONE Multiple Entertainment Centre

About: Raspberry pi user :-)?

After the success of my first Instructible here's my second one! It's not a million miles away from the arcade machine I built but the arcade machine is only a one player machine and it's only a got small one person screen.

So this build is going to be a retro games console with an entertainment add on, most likely in the form of kodi. There is going to be 2 player support and hdmi connection to a bigger screen, and the twist is its going to be built into a retro console!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

1. The retro console - for this build its going to be a Psone (but you knew that by the title of the Instructible!!) - £12 from eBay.

2. Raspberry pi zero, power supply and connector kit - £15 approx from the pihut.

3. Two retro snes controllers - £6 from eBay.

4. Usb hub - £4 local computer fair.

5. Micro usb male to female extension - £2 from eBay.

6. Micro sd card - £5 from ebuyer.

7. Sugru - £12.99 for an 8 packet multipack off Amazon.co.uk

Step 2: Prepare the Console & Power Switch

Disassemble the Psone - 6 screws on the bottom and don't forget the hidden one under the sticker!

I threw away the metal plates and cd lens unit, it was faulty anyways!

I wanted to use the original On / Reset switch so I desoldered the push switch off the motherboard and put some test cables on to test continuity. With continuity confirmed I cut a mirco usb extension cable in half and cut back the outer to expose the cables. The ones we are interested in are the black (ground) and the red (5v) cables, the others carry data but as this is a power switch, they can be ignored. So the red and black cables are soldered to the switch so they make when the button is pushed.

I also desoldered the controller ports and memory card ports and hot glued them in position, this was to fill the gaps only, they will not be in use!

Step 3: Position Your Pi

A happy coincidence was that the HDMI and the power connector on the Pi Zero exactly lined up with the power and video ports on the console case so I decided on the position of the Pi Zero with the HDMI convertor up against the case (as shown in the photos) as now i don't need to add a HDMI extension. The ports did need to be extended downwards on the lower half of the case which was easily done with cutters.

Next I hot glued the push switch in the same location as the original switch and secured the solder and cables with more hot glue to minimise the strain on the joints - see photo. With the Pi Zero in place i test fitted the top of the case and found I needed to cut off the front left screw pillar and one rear support pillar to enable the case to be closed. The centre support pillar i cut down to the correct height to support the Pi Zero in place.

Next to position and add the usb hub.

Step 4: Position the USB Hub

The usb hub was a little too big so I removed the case and it fit a lot better. With the position finalised I can now cut the top case to enable it all to fit in and to allow access to the usb hub and the micro sd card. The cutting was done very easily with my rotary cutter.

Last job was to fill the areas around the rear ports with Sugru, (The excess Sugru cleaned off ok with a little warm water) to secure the connectors and to make it look finished. The rest of the Sugru I rolled into lengths and stuck it around the cut area in the top case, to hide the rough edges.

Replace the rear screws and you're done!!

Step 5: Software

I tried a few multi boot systems like TriPi and NOOBS but went with BerryBoot. It was easy to set up and I can add other operating systems as I wish!

I won't go into too much detail about how to do it just check out these websites -



So far I have RetroPie and OpenElec with Kodi installed.

For RetroPie help go here - http://blog.petrockblock.com/retropie/

And for OpenElec info see this website - http://openelec.tv/get-openelec

Its all very well documented so I won't type it all out but if you get a problem, get in touch!

Step 6: Play Time!!

Connect the power and hdmi cables, plug the controllers in and enjoy!!



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    16 Discussions

    Interesting. Inhappen to be building one of these using ps2 controllers, with a pi3 inside a SNES console shell

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    I have a few other consoles I'm building at the moment too, wii with pi3, couple more ps ones with zeros and pi3s in and i'm waiting on a delivery of a atari woody! Great fun eh!

    Did you find you needed the heatsink on the PiZero or did you just add it as a precaution?

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    to be honest it was there already as I previously used the zero in another project before this one. Don't think it makes much difference tho.

    Nice idea. Though it would be more authentic to use actual PS1 gamepads. You can buy a pair of DualShock to USB adapters for almost no cost and if you replace the original gamepad sockets with them it will look just like the real deal. You won't have to expose the innards while playing either.

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    Thought of that but then you're restricted to original playstation pads for all the games. Also the usb pads are very cheaply replaced when needed. I could have replaced the ports with USB ports too but I liked the idea of opening the lid and seeing inside. If you do one I'd love to see your pics!!


    2 years ago

    Great idea I love it and i am gonna create a build myself but im gonna use a Raspberry pi 2 or 3 and a gamecube system or a snes shell possibly as i am not a ps one fan ......and its usually not that hard to make the proper adjustments to another gaming console shell using a dremel.... The key for me will be the setup inside .....im not sure ill be able to use this exact setup but I should be able to do a similar build ..... I have allready setup a pi to be a retro arcade with kodi installed into it so the software setup is a done deal its the wiring and the rest thats gonna be fun to create my own little setup but having this as a reference point will be a great help so ty very much for your contribution!

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    Hey! glad to be of help! i have an R2D2 desktop vacuum cleaner i'm converting into a media player with a Pi zero and i have a Wii shell to mod too! have fun!!

    That sounds really interesting as well. Id be interested to see the final product when yer done ...I plan to take pics of mine as i go along and when im done ill post it online for people to see as well................. im just usually not the best with being the cleanest looking setup lol ill probably have glue all over the place and jagged cuts hahaha ......I love these projects because it gives me a chance to work on my patiance level ;)

    I'm thinking it's more the browser because in Chrome I can see and use all the links in the article? I did have to See All Steps in order to get to the links area, but fine after that. Got a Pi Zero on the way and wasn't sure what to do with it - I think this is the ticket! Also have a C.H.I.P. but the ports aren't the same to even think about it. Let's see what happens!

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    Hey good luck and don't forget to post some pics of your finished machine!!

    I wish there was a way to copy, or even click your links. I would be all over it! awesome ible.

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    Hey thanks! The links didn't hyperlink for some reason?! Try this - http://www.howtogeek.com/141325/how-to-multi-boot-your-raspberry-pi-with-berryboot/

    nope, still won't link?!