[Poll] New Arduboy: B&W or Color Screen?

Yep … agree. If you want to develop full blown colour apps, maybe a mobile phone is your thing?

Or pokkito, or gamebuino meta, or console, or PC. The argument still stands about supporting Pico8, but yeah thats’ a massive undertaking.

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Keep it monochrome, but maybe make it so you can change the foreground and background color, like some of the old VIC20 games.

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I would very happily buy green monochrome and amber monochrome ones if they became available

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You can use coloured Acetate or sweet wrappers between the screen and shell.

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That s a great idea and I will expwriment with so.e pieces of color film overlay, thanks

I’ve considered spray painting the inside case with translucent green Tamiya policarbonate spray paint. But i’m affraid I’d mess it up. Any chance to buy loose cases @bateske ?

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I created a topic / poll to discuss customisation Custom parts and spares

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oh im so down for this. another 2 buttons above the previous two (like snes controller) would allow for more user input from the right hand. or even swapping of controls from one side to the other.
i know it seems almost assumed that the next two buttons should be more like start/select, but the problem with this is then they become exclusive with their function. at least with 2 close to the original 2, they can still be used as such or for alternative functions.

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Curious if something like this Sharp Memory display (https://www.adafruit.com/product/3502) might be more viable today as a screen replacement.

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That means you cannot use this with an ATmega328 (e.g. Arduino UNO) or ATmega32u4 (Feather 32u4, etc).

It needs 3K of screen buffer - the entire Arduboy has only 2.5Kb.

My understanding is the next Arduboy would be based on something like the SAMD21 which should more than enough space.

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Sorry … you said ‘viable today’ and I thought you meant on the current hardware.

Yeah, sorry about that being unclear. Previous discussions on screen technologies had said that epaper type displays were just not really viable as they were hard to source and had issues like the screen buffer. It seems like that might be different now given availability and the proposed SAMD21 being the core of the future Arduboy.

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It would be happy with 16-colours but if it stays b&w I would prefer a display with higher resolution if possible. Just to be able to port game and watch lcd-games in a more faithful quality.

Wow, just voted in this poll not noticing that it was from 2016 :slight_smile:

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Oh wow and it has over 200 votes now!

At 204 votes, it’s approximately 116.28 (57%) to 87.72 (43%).

I can’t believe I actually voted for color screen.
But if we really stop here and think about it for a second, a 128x64 colored screen is pretty pointless, because the amount of things able to be drawn on the screen (and not overwhelm the viewer) is pretty limited right there. The color is only the cherry on the top.
If we manage to actually get a higher-res (at least 256x128) color screen up and running at 30 fps, that will be much more pleasant. But that is highly unlikely, so I think “no” will be the answer.