Freecade.org is a collaboration between friends and innovators who love arcades and making them more accessible to the home.
The Raspberry Pi B+ released in July 2014 opened the aperture on how much you can do with the Pi because of the expanded GPIO! We found this very interesting as it meant we could use a custom Linux Kernel and couple it with a custom addon board called a Pi Hat.
The goal of freecade.org is to take the work we do and share it for everyone to enjoy. Don't want to go through the hassle of getting PCBs made? We plan on having a small pre-built stash available to purchase.
Our custom light weight Linux operating system image boots our USB-DISCRETE App in less than 3 seconds! Mike Wolak has fine tuned the Pi image to behave more like a high speed micro-controller vs. an underpowered desktop computer allowing nearly instantaneous startup times. Two player support with any combination of two XBOX360 or PS3 Joysticks is available now with more supported PCBs coming soon.
We're dedicated to taking great ideas and sharing them with the arcade and video game community as a whole.