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Re: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic

Post by SJ_Sathanas » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:49 am

For me it's always been either a console or a PC. A console is generally much easier (ie; plug in and play, literally) but the pc can do much more with things like modding, emulation etc.
I'm not really sure where the Pi sits in-between the two.

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Re: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic

Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:17 pm

Pi is just a PC. I can't see why people are having a problem with that. It was always the case, it was designed as a cheap PC for kids to learn how to code and do electronic projects with.
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Re: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic

Post by Matt_B » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:56 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:17 pm
Pi is just a PC. I can't see why people are having a problem with that. It was always the case, it was designed as a cheap PC for kids to learn how to code and do electronic projects with.
Yeah, if you put Raspbian on it, it's pretty obvious that you can use it as more or less functional PC. You get a web browser, an office suite, python to do some coding with, and so on. There are just a few heavyweight applications that really need an x86 CPU where it falls down.

Mind you, the main difference between a PC and a console these days is the operating system, and there's no reason why it can't be a console with RetroPie. Once it's set up, you can just pick up your controller, choose a game and play it. The N64 and Dreamcast emulation is a bit crap, I suppose, but again you really need an x86 CPU for that.

It's also a decent media player if you stick OpenELEC on it, albeit not one that any of the pay-TV suppliers support so don't throw away the Roku. Still, there's plenty of free stuff around, and that's without getting into pirated channels.

Suffice it to say that I've got three of them with each of the above installed.

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Re: Sony announces Playstation 1 Classic

Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:41 am

I'm not directly comparing to IBM PC, just PC in general, comparable to the old Spectrum/C64/ST/Amiga. Can do whatever you want with the right setup, whether that's coding, playing games, or media player. Any PC can be set up to boot however you want. Just look at the number of MAME cabs based on PCs.

That's my comparison. Consoles are largely a single purpose device (though they've now got in on media playing too), but a PC of any sort offers more options. I'd include Android/iOS in this too, especially the former. A decent Android system can be a fairly powerful PC in its own right, which I guess may be stating the obvious when you look at the number of Chromebooks around.
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