THANK YOU so much to our Kickstarter backers for your help in getting us to £10,000 (over 400% funded) and for making a commitment to our project.
We are thrilled that miniConsole+ has succeeded and have now turned our attention to stretch goals so that we can reward our backers a little more for their generous support if we hit the overfunding levels shown below.
We listened to feedback and have incorporated popular requests in the mix. We hope to provide a colour choice for the case, laser etching (limited edition for Kickstarter) and extra cables if we hit 1000% funding. We have some nice upgrades for makers too.
We want to deliver on all this awesomeness, so please tell your friends, retweet our tweets, spread the word on Facebook and enter our contest. The more people we get involved and pledging, the more likely we will be to provide this extra goodness.
We are sending review units out to gaming channels, reviewers and youtubers who have a good following so please get in touch if you can recommend any good ones.
We need your help!
Since our last kickstarter in 2013, we have been working on a new device that connects a wide range of arcade and console controllers to a multitude of computers and gaming consoles. We call this new device the miniConsole+. You can finally game how you want, on the system you want, with the controller you want.
Until now, we have been personally assembling all KADE hardware sold by hand and would prefer to spend our time on features and prototypes. We’re launching our Kickstarter on April 30th so we can have a batch of the miniConsole+ hardware assembled by a fabrication house. We hope you will support us on our journey by spreading the word and backing our Kickstarter campaign so we can make this happen.
We’ll be running a pre-launch contest on Facebook and Twitter starting on April 28th, and will post information on Facebook soon about how you can enter. Get involved early and bag yourself one of our great prizes, including full miniConsole+ kits and a unique fight stick.
Start by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter, and please help get the word out!
This video shows how an optional LCD expansion board is connected to KADE miniConsole+ device via the 8 pin expansion port.
The LCD is invaluable for debugging and development and allows us to display useful information about the connected gamepad and system.
There will be many other uses for LCD including using them in your own arcade and fight stick projects. We will explore options as the project evolves.
We have other expansion options too, including an arcade expansion board which can accept a large number of additional inputs from joysticks and buttons to be used simultaneously with a connected gamepad.
This video shows how miniConsole+ can be connected to various computers and consoles.
The miniConsole+ device has 2 outputs ports – USB and RJ45.
The USB port can be used to connect to USB compatible systems including PC, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, Playstation 3.
The USB port can also be used to connect to non-standard USB systems including WiiU and original Xbox.
The RJ45 port can be used to connect to Playstation 1, Playstation 2.
RJ45 can also be used to connect to a Wiimote controller for wireless gameplay on Wii, WiiU and any other system that has bluetooth and support for Wiimote drivers.
The Playstation output can also be used in conjunction with third-party converter cables such as Xbox 360 and Dreamcast.
Finally, we made a multi-out add-on board to provide output options to older consoles and systems. The add-on board supports NES, SNES, Neo Geo, Megadrive/Genesis and other 9 pin based systems.
Some pics of our miniConsole+ device inside a prototype metallic case.
We think our device looks pretty neat in this shiny black aluminium case. We’re considering other case options too such as clear acrylic.
If you plan to use miniConsole+ inside an arcade stick or cabinet then you won’t need a case.
You can see that the device has 3 ports. Gamepads connect to the DB15 port (via an adapter cable). At the other end we have the output ports. USB compatible systems connect to the USB port (Type B) and other supported systems connect to the RJ45 port (via an adapter cable). The miniConsole+ will automatically detect which systems and gamepads are connected and allow them to to communicate with each other.
We’ll be supplying DB15 and RJ45 adapter cables for all of the gamepads and systems that we support. Alternatively, you will be able to make your own by modifying a controller extension cable and following our DIY guide.
Here are more pics to show miniConsole+ connected to various gamepads and systems.
Here’s a short video to show some of the stuff that connects to KADE miniConsole+.
Kickstarter will be soon. We decided to delay things a little so we could cram in lots of extra functionality.
Stay tuned for more information about the KADE miniConsole+.
Eric Fraga, from Cosmic Effect (a respected retro-gaming channel in Brazil) has reviewed the KADE miniConsole+ device.
In his video, Eric has fun connecting various retro gamepads to play his favourite games and immerses himself in the experience. We loved the video so much that we requested English subtitles. Eric obliged. Thanks for being awesome Eric!
The KADE miniConsole+ device supports a great many systems, retro gamepads and controllers. Best of all, the device is plug and play.
Plug and play is great but we think there will be some of you that like to tinker and change the default gamepad assignments used by the device. For this reason, we developed a gamepad configuration tool specifically for the KADE miniConsole+ and we are really excited about it. We call it the “mapper” and it will help you to get the most from your device by allowing you to configure gamepad mappings to your own liking. It is easy to use and intuitive – the mapper shows you how your gamepad maps are interpreted by the various output systems. To apply changes you simply plug your miniConsole+ device to a USB port and click the “Flash icon”. Your custom settings are then stored in the memory of the device. Happy days!
The utility is cross platform and runs on Windows and Mac. A Linux version should be available soon.
The miniConsole+ device itself is plug and play out of the box so this utility is not essential and is not aimed at everyone. The utility is intended for those that want to tinker with the settings and make changes to the default gamepad assignments. The mapper will allow you to manage your gamepad configurations in one place, rather than customising each and every emulator that you are running for example.
You can verify your updated mappings using the built-in gamepad tester.
Our gamepad mapper does some pretty neat stuff.
Multiple outputs can be mapped to a single input to simulate button combos.
Digital input can be mapped to analog output and vice versa.
You can force output to a single system to make the device work in a specific way. e.g. You may want to use PS3, or Xbox output on a PC. The device itself is plug and play and does not require any drivers for operation.
There are up to 34 mappable inputs per gamepad. There is a page scroll button at the bottom of screen to access all of the other available inputs for the gamepad. The second page includes the analog inputs such as left stick, right stick and shoulder buttons.
Gamepad configurations can be saved and exported for use on other computers.
Drivers (to flash/program the device) are automatically installed with the software.
A built-in gamepad tester (developed specifically for KADE miniConsole+) can be used to verify all of your gamepad inputs.
The utility makes it easy for you to apply KADE firmware updates to the miniConsole+ device to make sure that you benefit from all the latest features as they become available.
The KickStarter project for KADE miniConsole+ will be starting soon. It would be great if you would consider backing our project. We’ll update to let you know when the project is underway.
First ever- direct 3rd party usb controller input to the Wii U!
We are super excited about all the new features we are adding tot he KADE miniConsole+. As we get ready for our February kickstarter, we want to show off some of the features. The first feature is direct USB into the Wii U acting as a Wii U gameCube controller. Bruno was able to program the KADE miniConsole+ to announce itself as Wii U gamecube converter. This is on the fly with no additional configuration or reprogramming. The miniConsole+ can dynamically detect input from a wide range of original console controllers as well as detect output to Wii, Wii U, Playstation 1, 2, 3, Mac, Windows, Linux Android Ras Pi, original Xbox, and more!
Another great feature I allude to in the video is a cross platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) configuration utility and firmware loader Jon is working on.
The video shows a KADE miniConsole+ fightstick which has an optional arcade expansion board connected. This is more for Makers and folks who like to tinker. We also have a plug and play model for use with TVs and computers. Here is a sneak peak with just a few of the inputs and outputs shown:
NES in with bare PCB, fully functional miniArcade in the background.
Prototype case for KADE miniConsole+
Sega Saturn in
Super Nintendo in
USB out to Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, Ras PI, PS3, original xBox, and more!
Super Nintendo in
Playstation 1/2 out
Super Nintendo in
Wii/ Wii U out
Super Nintendo in
USB out to original xBox
Super Nintendo in
xBox 360 out
MiniConsole+ inside Panzer fight stick with arcade expansion board.
all in one 2 player arcade and console- RasPi driven
Windows- no additional drivers needed
Mac- no additional drivers needed
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