I had an idea for a long time to build a microconsole for Linux, something like OUYA, but Linux based. Yeah, nothing hardcore commercial, just for fun. It’s a way to get my kids to play my games (I just need controller support …)
After reading about the scooter computer, this became more of a solid idea. The current plan is a chopped-down box with Logitech F310 and/or XBox 360 controller support. It’s for my games (literally), which are, uh, let’s say not requiring major CPU/GPU powerz. It could probably also run Steam, according to the official GitHub Steam/Linux docs GitHub repo.
- Hardware: $40 mini-PC from Ali Express. Dual-core A10/A20 1.5GHz CPU, integrated GPU, 2GB of RAM, 40GB spinning-disk HD
- Software: Lubuntu or Xubuntu (the latter seems less resource-intensive)
- Custom game launcher that runs on startup (lists a bunch of games)
- Logitech F310 controller support (should work out of the box)
- (Bonus) XBox 360 controller support
- My simple game (Pyglet, Pygame, or HaxeFlixel)
What I really want advice on is:
- Does something like this exist?
- Does the choice of Linux distro make sense?
Windows is expensive and eats memory, so that’s out. Lubuntu is just Ubuntu with a lighter UI app and far less pre-installed apps, so it should work with the F310.
P.S. I’m going for cheap and easy, if this works out I may buy a beefier box next time once I know what I’m doing