Traveling with my Media-Center / Game Console

Since Childhood, I loved to take my GameBoy on Holiday Trips to enjoy Video Games. This hasn’t changed much, except now I’m also taking my Music and Movie Libraries with me.
The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful piece of Hardware to do exactly this.
I have 2 micro SD Cards, one is setup with Lakka (Retro Games Emulator) and the other one has Kodi (Media-Center). Now why 2 different cards? Couldn’t I just use one and dual-boot ? Yes I could, but this has failed me once in the past. One update from a System can break dual-boot, so this is definitely easier. Plus it’s no big deal to swap the micro SD Cards.

I love to use the 8Bitdo’s Wireless Controller for Lakka, and for Kodi i like the good old Playstation 3 Bluetooth Remote Control.
Both systems work great with this controller setup out-of-the-box.

I also make sure to have a HDMI and analogue Video Cable (if the Hotel still has those really old TV’s, or has the one available HDMI cable glued to the TV)

Here’s what inside my “Digital Leisure Bag” when we go on vacation :

 

  1. Universal USB Power Supply with micro USB Cable (charges Phone and Controllers)
  2. Raspberry Pi3 (or Raspberry Pi2 with USB Bluetooth Dongle)
  3. Secondary micro SD Card with either Lakka or Kodi
  4. USB Thumb Drive for storing Movie and Music Libraries
  5. A pair of 8Bitdo’s Wireless Controllers, NES30 and SFC30
  6. 3.5mm Mini-Jack to RCA Audio/Video Cable, with an additional RCA to SCART Adapter
  7. HDMI Cable
  8. Bluetooth Remote Control

See it in Action:

My Kid and I we love to enjoy a short Game of Super Mario 3 while waiting for our Lady to get ready for dinner. (and for those of you who are married you know this can take quit some time)

 

 

 

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