We have updated the project description with a "reward section". This was needed to reflect the good news we had in the past days (reaching stretch goals and addition of decals for example - last update was 28th of December 2015)
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What is it?
The ultimate all-in-one-Retro console with a built-in DVD-RW drive to run games for Amiga CD32, Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn*, Sega CD*, TurboGrafx* and more .
The (*)-marked Systems will require additional ROM files in order to work. Easy-to-follow installation-instructions are provided in our included user manual.
Of course it can also play ROMS for other consoles such as SNES/Super Famicom, Genesis/MegaDrive and more.
The indieGO! is silent, power efficient and very unique, when compared with other ARM-based consoles, because of the integrated DVD-Drive.
The Hardware consists of:
- Raspberry Pi2 or Odroid C1 or Odroid XU4
- DVD-RW drive allows to execute CD-Based AmigaCD32, Playstation and PC games
- front SD-Card reader
- attractive mini-itx case
- 3D-Printed I/O-shield and ARM-Cpu board holder
- 2x Front- USB
- compatible to Linux (ARM and i386 binaries side by side)
- compatible to ARM AROS binaries
- Wine is included and allows the execution of Windows ARM And i386 Software
- boots fast.
- KODI (former known as XBMC) is included
- Moonlight included to stream games from from your personal computer
- AmiCloud (cloud without a traffic limit)
- EmuLA (emulatorlauncher)
- EmulationStation a front-end for several emulations
- it is Open! You can modify it and run games from all available sources. The main idea is to run original CD32 and Playstation games but you can run everything! Get games from USB-stick, DVD/CD, Internet, Pi-store, indieGO!-Marketplace and so on
Pre-installed games include Doom (sharware), Quake (Shareware), Duke Nukem (Shareware) and Whacky Wheels (shareware) and Jim Power Full-Version - more are accessible from our appstore.
For games you add by yourself and which are normally played via Keyboard and mouse we will offer a joypad-mapping tool. (a Default mapping will cover a lot of games) - Of course you can also connect a USB-Keyboard and Mouse if you like to
Games downloaded from the indieGO!-store are ready2play (mapped to be played with a pad)
The song-snippet (see link below) is the piano edition of the Jim Power title theme.. Which will be exclusively available at the indieGO!-Appstore and you can get it here for free ; ) - just help us.
Now it is time and we can grant you instant access to a working system right after reaching the goal! Yep.. we can ship indieGO! with the features mentioned above already in march 2016 with the final 1.0 estimated to be ready in June. We will release frequent updates for backers.
Yep... if we can successfully fund it you can get the beta right away. It will be far away from being perfect.. but it will work and you can follow our development and stay updated. Also it will be always possible to just run the mentioned features shown in the video from day 1. They are cool even just by themselves..
Unlike other "Retro-console campaigns" we will not just put a Raspberry Pi with a Retropie like distro on it..
Well... to be honest you can install it still if you like.. side by side or on top of our solution ; ) And to be even more honest you will get a dual boot to enable you both worlds..
Our system is called indieGO!-OS and is based on EmulationStation, Kodi, AEROS, AMC, indieGO!-Marketplace and EmuLA.
AEROS itself is based on Debian linux and indieGO!-OS is again a fork of AEROS aimed for gaming and emulation purposes.
The indieGO! allows to choose between indieGO!-OS(™), AEROS and Android(™) - Just reboot into a indie-Console, a Android console or a Mini PC.
The system includes Exagear desktop which allows you to run Linux i386 and with Wine even Windows applications on it. Exagear itself costs money on other platforms.. We include it for free if you back us.
Unlike older "hand-glued" projects we offer you a real AppStore which will be filled with tons of free games, demos and commercial full versions of games for all kind of retro platforms but also NEW stuff exclusively for indieGO!-compatible systems.
But you are 100% free to add own stuff to your console from every existing source! Your home, your castle.
On top and included in the price is your own Cloud-Storage (25GB) to store games, data and media... just logIN on a friends machine and access your data from everywhere on the globe.
In first Quarter we will also release a Android/IOS web app to access your AmiCloud from underway.
Hmm.. you got already a Pi, Pi2 or Odroid?
Don't worry you can just buy the Software on MicroSD-card!
You like to be able to place your existing ARM SoC in any itx case?
Hooray! You can also buy the I/O shield and System-holder for Raspberry and Odroid systems while still supporting us!
Cool? Yep. If we reach 10000€ we will release the 3D-Printer compatible (STL) files for the Adapters and indieGO!-OS (without exagear license ->can be bought with a discount).
Our system can be based on Raspberry Pi2, Odroid C1, Odroid U2/3 or Odroid XU4..
So you can decide... With a XU4 you can play more modern games like Doom3 + Expansion or emulate a Dreamcast in full speed and run PC-Games like Counterstrike!
We include a DVD-RW because so you can just insert Amiga CD32 and Playstation original games! And if you take care to include needed rom-files you can also run Saturn, SegaCD and other CD-based console games.
One special feature of indieGO!-OS is a recognition layer for PC and console games on CD/DVD. If you insert a ROM it will be scanned and a wizard will help you to add it to your library. No manual config is needed.
Insert, install run! = FUN
The basic pack includes a digital/analog USB-Controller perfectly fitting the retrogamer needs
Optionally you can also use original controllers with USB-Adapters (see rewards)
This exclusive indieGO!-Console bundle will be only available here! No later production is planned! This is an exclusive and one-time chance!
For everyone coming too late to the party, we will only be able to provide the indieGO!-OS and the I/O-shield + system mounting adapter to build your own indieGO!-machines.
All prices here are are quite modest compared with what the components would normally cost.
This is meant as WIN/WIN campaign for you and us!
Thank you very much for supporting us! Please spread the word! it is time to show how much more "enthusiasm" can be vs. money driven mainstream ; )
Plug and Play! With the launch of the console you will get access to the indieGO!-library which consists of Games (demos, full versions, shareware, public domain) of all platform the system is capable to emulate or execute natively.
Remember: insert a disk an the system will install it.
If it is not recognized, just use the member-forum to request compatibility and we will work on it.
The indieGO!-Appstore is open to all developers and runs on all important systems! On top we can support you to develop and publish games for all out target systems. You can get more infos on www.indiego-gaming.com
BONUS! Only for Backers! Everyone who back us with at least 25€ will get Jim Power Extended edition for free! (for one platform of his choice)
Jim Power Extended Edition comes with an exclusive Piano Edition of the Jim Power Title theme.. Boom! Nice ; )
AmiCloud is included in desktop mode and in the Gaming Section!
indieGO!- Games purchased on your console can be also played on your Amiga, PC or Mac and if we reach the stretch goal (15000€) we will add wifi and bluetooth to the system for free.
When we reach 10000 € we will send you a case in the color of your choice (see available colors above) and we will release STL files of the I/O shield and SoC-holder(mounting adapter for itx cases). If we will hit a sum below 10k we will send only black/red cases like the one shown on the fotos below.
When we reach 15000 € we will add a wifi usb-stick "plugged in internally" to the indieGO! Which will allow you to surf the web, watch youtube or other streaming services. (reached already)
If we reach 20000 € we will create a original carton box for the console with your names on the back. (reached already)
If we reach 25000 € we will add a 1500indieCoin gift card to each Hardware bundle (also to the DIY kit for 99€) (this equals 15€)
If we reach 30000 € we will create an old school scene demo for Windows, OSX, Linux, AmigaOS, AROS, MorphOS and indieGO! (see update 19 for details) and will show it on Evoke 2016
This demo will celebrate this successful campaign and will honor all backers with their names being part of the demo animations. Become immortal !
If we reach 40000 € we will give you an AmiCloud client for one of the following systems for free: Windows, OSX, Linux, AmigaOS, AROS or MorphOS (see update 19 for details) so you can access your 25GB storage from your computer as well.
Can I use it as a Computer?
Yes you can. We included AEROS our own Distribution for ARM based mini Computers like the Raspberry Pi or Odroid series.
We have added this 'Reward section on 28th of December 2015 to reflect the latest additions and changes we made during the first days of the campaign. Some are based on request and ideas from YOU! Thank you!
Why this campaign?
hmm... good point : ) You should ask yourself if you need something like indieGO! + 25GB Cloud-storage + Kodi Media Center + ARM based Computer + Jim Power + A nice mini itx case with DVD-RW ?
If yes, check if you get it elsewhere for your Raspberry or Odroid.
No? So go ahead and support us! You will get also new friends.. us.
1. Product Prototyping (done) and software finalizing and testing.. your part : p
2. building and packaging (oh my god my hands will bleed ; )
Depending on success of the campaign we could hire additional coders/designer and helpers... it is up to you
Status... where we stand right now:
Right now we have a prototype ready.. Prototype is the wrong word.. The HW is there.. We use a mini-itx case with a ARM SoC of your choice. (Raspberry Pi2, Odroid C1 or Odroid Xu4).
The Board will be fittet with a 3D-printed I/O shield designed by us. We will use the time during software finalization to optimize the 3D-Modell.
The desktop side of our OS is ready already (www.aeros-os.org).
The i386 Wrapper is ready as well and included in our OS. (AEROS Premium is available since a year).
The App Store is ready as well... check http://www.indiego-gaming.com
Developers can find there also the developer guide to upload content.
Jim Power Extended version is ready and available in the store..
What we need to finish is only our own Game- and Emulauncher.. this is planned to happen together while you can enjoy games...
So we will in worst case deliver a complete plug&play solution based around a raspberry Pi or Odroid capable to run Windows-, AROS- and Linux-apps.. Emulation station, KODI and featuring a Appstore and a free game "Jim Power" plus a exclusive Jim Power title theme piano version done by Patrick Nevian (known through Chris Hülsbeck Piano Collection)
How it looks in real life:
This is nice and kicks ass ; )
Also it is future proof because we can add support for new ARM SoC'S as we like, just in time.
Have fun and please spread the word!
Risks and challenges
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There are no particular risks, or at least we don't foresee any particular risks when it comes to fulfilling our backers rewards. We've built our prototype, our custom OS, we have carefully researched sources for materials and components.
The only small thing we can think of is not being able to get enough ARM SoC boards in time from our suppliers, thus shipping of consoles could be delayed slightly. All other parts are readily available and are not a problem to get high quantities at any time. The I/O shield and SoC-mounting frames are done by us directly in the workshop.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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