Duncan F.
I've wanted a full size machine for years but never quite figured out where to put it. I noticed the Picade years ago when the Kickstarter came along, but the timing wasn't right. I bought this right after the Pi4 was released thinking. Fortunately I had a Pi3 as RetroPie, at the time of writing, was not yet ready for Pi4. The build was a breeze, but as has been pointed out has one really awkward step for the last two screws which hold the console in place. It's worth looking online for the build videos made by Pimoroni as they give lots of tips, and a useful one specifically for these final two screws. RetroPie will take some effort to work out, particularly if you're not familiar with emulation already. My advice; just stick with it - you'll be glad you did. Google for all the challenges you meet as most have already been solved by others. One really weak point is the stock joystick. For me, this was so loose and, could easily accidentally lock in the wrong direction. You can improve things by either replacing the joystick (a Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT is a drop in replacement with the same screw holes and connector), or you can just buy a stronger spring to improve the centering performance (I bought a 4lb spring for the Sanwa, but also bought a 2lb one and when fitted to the stock joystick it really made it feel much better). If you're pimping already, might as well fit an octagonal gate to the joystick. I will also note that the supplied speaker is more than adequate. All set up, this really feels and sounds just like an original arcade machine, albeit a small one, but that just makes it easy to use, then move back out of the way. In the end, I have a perfect little machine. Great.
3 months ago
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