Transform your BeagleBone Board into a retro game console

When we talk about retro game consoles and recreating them, everyone thinks of the Raspberry Pi. A plate that has served a lot for lovers of classic video games to enjoy them without major problem.

But there are other boards that can do the same without having to rely on the Raspberry Pi and its software. This is the case of BeagleBone plates, some Free Hardware boards, similar to Raspberry Pi, that they have their own software and even versions of famous emulators to play old video games.

BeagleBone can be used as a SuperNintendo or a Game Boy

To have our own arcade machine with a BeagleBone board, we must first get the emulation software, in this case it is an operating system called BES, then we have to have a remote control with USB cable and a power cable with microusb output. We also have to have a sd card where we can store the operating system and the video games that we want to use.

First we have to prepare the sd card; we download the BES operating system and we record it on the card through the dd command. Then we introduce the roms that we want to use or play with. We have to make a little parenthesis. Currently BES only recreates Nintendo video games and old Nintendo video game consoles, so we won't be able to play Sonic with it.

Returning to the installation, now we only have to connect the remote control to the BeagleBone and the power cable. We turn on the plate and now we just have to follow the setup instructions for our remote control to work and voila. We already have an old game console with a BeagleBone board.

As with Raspberry Pi, the operation is simple as you can see, but its video games are limited, something that must be taken into account if we want to try BES, now, if we have an old BeagleBone board, it is worth trying it Do not you think?


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