January 2019 – General update

Happy New Year Everyone

As I’ve just created my new blog I thought I would bring you all up to date with where I am with the project as of January 2019.

Overall project status – New Kickstarter planned for Feb/March.

The custom PCB has been designed and ordered and is arriving at the end of the month for testing.
An awesome shell for the Sinden Lightgun has been designed and built (under wraps till the Kickstarter).
The prototype now uses a 60fps camera and the post processing on each frame is around 5ms.
The Sinden Lightgun software can now add a border itself around the game by a hotkey or an assigned button press on the Sinden Lightgun.  This functionality only seems to work on Nvidia (Geforce) video cards at the moment.
Two Sinden Lightguns can be used at the same time.
The production Sinden Lightgun is going to have a large number of button inputs to reduce the need for keyboard and/or gamepad interaction when using Lightgun games.
The injection moulding for the shell is going to be very expensive, this means the Kickstarter goal will actually be funding hitting the minimum order values for things like the PCB.  The injection moulding will be paid for by myself as a one off significant investment in the long term project.
I’m working on Linux support and expect to achieve this by the Kickstarter launch.

 

12 comments

    1. Hi Gru, thanks for taking the time to come to my website and I appreciate the support. It’s also cool to know that comments is working 🙂

  1. Just stumbled upon this intriguing development. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the Kickstarter. Good luck with the project and well done so far.

  2. Ill be watching for this as well. Im a prominent member of a very large emulation community and if this works as well as it sounds i think it would be something of great interest to alot of our members. Keep it up.

  3. This hit my radar on a retro Facebook group.

    I will keeping an eye on the great project.

    Any tips for getting notifications?
    I subbed to the YT channel.

  4. To me this is the holy Grail of emulation, since I am a huge light gun game fan. I’m also a bit of a tinkerer and want to build my own arcade cabinet. The only thing holding me back was terrible hardware options for light gun games on modern TVs. Other options such as the guncon2 required a CRT and some ridiculously hard to find old drivers than I had a heck of a time getting to work on Windows 7(eventually I did), only to hate the terrible tracking. I AM STOKED about this! How much will it cost? Are u planning on releasing the source and schematics? If not, I understand.

    1. Hi Lee. the cost is still to be confirmed but I’m trying really hard to get it as affordable as possible. I am hoping to release the source and schematics eventually but can’t do it for this first phase otherwise I can’t justify the investment to get the product made.

    1. Hi Simon, have you seen that the Odroid XU4 can emulate Saturn quite well now apparently? It’s a slightly more powerful single board computer like the Raspberry Pi, it’s a good way to build a Saturn gaming platform to connect to your tv.

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