To get a complete & usable system, it’s possible to purchase console kits, enclosures, or even complete game consoles running one of such emulators. This morning I’ve come accross another option, as Ameridroid is now taking pre-order for XU4Q Retro Gaming System for $149.95 and up.
As it name implies, the console is based on ODROID-XU4Q, the fanless version of ODROID-XU4 board, which with its Exynos 5422 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM will be much more powerful than Raspberry Pi 3 boards, and most other boards on the market.
The kit also includes OGST Gaming Console, GameSir G3w analog joystick controller, a power supply, and a 16GB microSD boot media flashed with ODROID Game Station Turbo based on Debian.
If you already own an ODROID-XU4(Q) board, power supply, and one or more game controllers, you could purchase the OGST case separately for $24.95, and download & follow the instructions to flash ODROID GameStation Turbo image to a micro SD card or eMMC module yourself.
The image has been available for a while, and to get a feel about the capabilities of the system, you can watch the review below which shows both media playback via Kodi, and game emulation (e.g. Nintendo64, MAME, SuperNintendo, DreamCast, etc..) via EmulationStation are possible on the platform.
Note the video was shot in January 2017, so some of bugs may have already been fixed.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.