How To Build A Raspberry Retro Pie Gaming Set

By Walter Hall

Since the invention of the computer, tech entrepreneurs from all over the world have designed and sold tons of models. While most computers in the market are widely used in commercial and corporate circles, there is only one model that has managed to hit the mark for computer hobbyists. The Raspberry Pi computer gives you the power to learn more by tweaking it to perform in whichever manner you desire. If you have always desired to relive the good old days of computer arcade games, here is a guide to turning your device into a Raspberry Retro Pie gaming set.

Before you get started, ensure you have got all the hardware you need. The first piece of hardware required is a Raspberry Pi computer chip. This should not cost much as a new set often goes for 35 dollars. Next, you have to activate the network interface of the computer to allow it to connect to the internet.

Old models come without preconfigured wireless network interfaces. You must purchase the network adapter and install it personally. In a way, this will help you build on your hardware skills besides enhancing your knowledge on computers. In addition, buy a plastic case to cover the integrated circuit with. 50 dollars should be sufficient to cover the cost of all the aforementioned hardware.

With the network finally functional, shift your focus to the software part. For gaming purposes, you will have to download the Retro Pie image on an alternate machine, presumably one that is Windows based. Raspberry Pi computers do not come with internal hard drives.

They require external storage devices to write data, micro SD cards often being the preferred choice. The image has got numerous packages to help get you started with your gaming experience. Just ensure you select a version that is compatible with your Pi machine.

For your SD card to be compatible with your Pi computer, you have got to format it. Select FAT32 as the desired file format. This is best accomplished using Windows machines. Once formatted, leave the card attached to its slot.

The downloaded image ought to be installed inside it and not in the local machine. To aid in this process, look for a great disk imaging program online and download it. A good one should have an easy to use interface that can guide you on all the installation steps, including setting the SD card as the installation destination.

After this, unplug the card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi. Plug in all the peripherals necessary for gaming, including a monitor. With Retro pie already installed, find a vintage game that you like. Simply follow the prompts and you should be good to go.

Also remember that most vintage games are copyright protected. Luckily, the image comes with a few preinstalled ones you could try out. When finalizing the installation, ensure you specify the controls for the best experience. You can opt to use a USB gamepad or a keyboard.

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