I'm researching a media PC for the living room. Playing videos, audio and streaming Internet is straightforward enough. I would also like to run a gaming console system. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this.
So far I've discovered that a PS3 controller (thankfully it uses USB and Bluetooth) can be connected to a PC.
I've also found that MAME, MESS and PCSX2 are all the emulators I need (I can even emulate a TI-83 calculator with MESS).
These emulators can re-map keys, so for example I can make the Nintendo's A button to the PS3 X button, or the SNES key pad could be the PS3 keypad or the analog stick.
There are also front-ends to these emulators which can do fancy things like image scaling, anti-aliasing and double-buffering to improve the image quality of an 8-bit Mario on a 50 inch plasma.
My set up would be this:
- PS3 controller connecting over Bluetooth to the PC,
- PC with Windows, PS3 controller drivers, all my emulators,
- Network drive with all my ROMs,
- PC connected to TV via HDMI
- TV playing Super Mario Kart
Does this sound feasible? Does anyone have experience of doing anything like this?
Is this a good idea or should I grow up and stop living in the past?