I refurbished and transformed an old coffee table into a 15 console, 10,000 game coffee table arcade machine. I’m not a professional, just figured it all out along the way. If I can build one, you can too!
This whole table was built in my apartment with a lot of improvised tools and equipment used. Having awesome neighbours and a very supportive and patient missus is very important! It took about a week to build, a week to test and configure, and a week to get the saw dust out of the carpet.
The 8-button control pads where necessary to suit the more advanced consoles. I put in two extra USB ports on the front for actual game console controllers if need be. I used Hyperspin for the interface (to make it look pretty) and sourced out various emulators for the consoles and games.
I didn’t say it in the video, but by far the biggest challenge was configuring everything to work through the joystick/gamepad without the need for a keyboard and mouse. I used the JoytoKey program but it took some time to get my head around it. I have little to no experience with programming, but learned a hell of lot after this build!