By now, you've seen the oddly-cased word "MiSTer" hanging around your gaming circles. Our own skankcore has posted many Cortex articles about it - here's one example:
There's an intriguing project on the near horizon from a group called RMC Retro - the MiSTer Multisystem.
The MiSTer project itself is open source - you would purchase a DE-10 nano FPGA chip: here, for example, and then a bunch of add-on boards, for things like USB ports, analog video output, and various other capabilities. You would connect everything together, and then you'd likely want to find a case for the hardware. There are some options on the market, including this nice aluminum case from MiSTer Addons, which can be hard to come by. This is a very DIY project, and that's what I love about it - because that also makes it extremely versatile and a real boon for retro gamers looking for flexibility and graphics/performance perfection.
The RMC Retro project aims to make the MiSTer "look" more mainstream. It is a custom PCB that includes many of the optional add-on boards you'd normally buy with the DE-10 nano. You simply connect the DE-10 Nano to this new PCB and do some configuration:
Then, you can 3D print this nifty enclosure (prototype shown below)!
Here's a video detailing the project:
I really love the look of this project and I'm currently printing out the case parts, which were just made available for free here (including a very detailed written guide):
MiSTer owners - does this intrique you? Let's talk about it! I'll be sharing some photos of the case once the print is done.
RMC Retro should be putting the PCB up for sale in early October, and they say that there will NOT be a shortage of them. They will also have this case avalable for purchase, if you do not have a 3D printer or the time to print all the necessary parts - it looks like it will take a few days.