So, some friends of mine have been discussing the concept of an open source gaming console. I’m starting to do the research into the idea and see if its viable. To begin these are the requirements:
1. It must be open source, wherein anyone can develop for it and develop attachments and software and such
2. It must be a console system, wherein it hooks to a TV or projector and has interchangeable discs or cartridges that contain different games and have controller units attached to it
3. It must be able to connect to the internet to allow for multi-user games, software updates and purchasing of new games
4. It must allow for the user to upgrade the hardware, ie RAM updates or adding additional memory
Those are my main requirements. I’d also be willing to work on a hand-held, but what I really want is the next generation of Wii/Xbox/PS etc. Only…open source. What this would hopefully allow for is a cheap console system that would be easy for developers to develop for and would offer cheap games and various methods of acquiring games for the end user. Neat, huh?