New Video: Analogue Pocket OpenFPGA Cores Update

The Analogue Pocket recently received its long awaited update to allow for third party cores to be added to the system and that’s the topic of my latest video.

Magically a mysterious Github user posted cores for the GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, and the Sega SG1000 a day or two after the announcement. Analogue also came up with a PDP-1 core that plays the very first video game, SpaceWar.

There is hope that many open source MiSTer cores will be ported over to the Pocket platform. But don’t hold your breath – although the FPGA code can port over fairly easily the frameworks both systems use to attach the core logic to displays, controllers, file system, etc. are very different.

The first MiSTer core port attempt was of the NeoGeo core and it’s very, very rough. So rough I can’t get it to boot! But others have had better luck on YouTube. Hopefully some smart folks will get together and come up with a simple path to port more cores over to the portable system.

Some were hoping for a little more of a floodgate being opened given the potential the pocket has to run just about every 70’s, 80’s and 90’s console but it’s good to see some progress being made.

Stay tuned!