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Hey guys! I was told we are looking for people to contribute to console metadata when I made a ticket on bitbucket and I am willing to do that, if someone can point me in the right direction :)



Edit: 11/15/2016

These are the Consoles that need to be done and I will mark them off as I go but after these are done, we just need some better images and then the Launchbox GD Platforms will be complete.

Ones In Red I Either Could not find enough info or too vague to record.


Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Overview)

Nintendo Game Boy Color (Overview)

Nintendo Pokemon Mini (Everything)

Nintendo Satellaview (Everything)

Nintendo Virtual Boy (Overview)

Nintendo WiiWare (Everything, db00)

Nuon (Everything)

OpenBOR(Everything) ?????????

Oric Atmos (Everything)

Othello Multivision

Ouya (Image)

PC Engine SuperGrafx (Everything)

Philips CD-I (Image)

Philips VG 5000 (Everything)

Phillips Videopac+ (Everything)

Radio-86RK Mikrosha (Everything)

RCA Studio II (Everything)

SAM Coupe (Image)

Sammy Atomiswave (Image)

ScummVM (Everything)

Sega 32x (Image)

Sega CD (Image)

Sega CD 32x (Everything)

Sega DreamCast (Image)

Sega Dreamcast VMU (Everything)

Sega Game Gear (Image)

Sega Genesis (Image)

Sega Hikaru (Everything)

Sega Master System (Image)

Sega Model 1 (Image)

Sega Model 2 (Image)

Sega Model 3(Image)

Sega Naomi (Image)

Sega Naomi 2 (Image)

Sega Pico (Image)

Sega Saturn (Image)

Sega SC-3000(Everything)

Sega SG-1000 (Image)

Sega ST-V (Everything)

Sega System 16 (Image)

Sega System 32(Image)

Sega Triforce (Everything)

Sharp MZ-2500 (Everything)

Sharp X1 (Everything)

Sharp X68000 (Everything)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Image)

Sinclair ZX-81 (Everything)

SNK Neo Geo AES (Image)

SNK Neo Geo CD (Everything)

SNK Neo Geo MVS(Everything)

SNK Neo Geo Pocket (Overview and Image)

SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color (Overview and Image)

Sony PlayStation (Image)

Sony Playstation 2 (Overview and Image)

Sony Playstation 3 (Image)

Sony Playstation 4 (Image)

Sony Playstation Vita (Image)

Sony Pocketstation (Everything)

Sony PSP (Overview and Image)

Sony PSP Minis (Everything)

Sord M5 (Everything)

Spectravideo (Everything)

Taito Type X (Everything)

Tandy TRS-80 (Everything)

Tapwave Zodiac (Image)

Texas Instruments TI 99/4A (Everything)

Tigergame.com (Image)   

Tomy Tutor (Everything)

Touhou Project (Everything)

TRS-80 Color Computer (Everything)

TurboGrafx-16 (Image)

Vector-06C (Everything)

Visual Pinball (Everything)

VTech CreatiVision (Everything)

VTech Socrates (Everything)

Watara Supervision (Everything)

Web Browser (Image?)

Windows (Image)

Wonderswan (Overview and Image)

Wonderswan Color (Overview and Image)

WoW Action Max (Everything)

XaviXPORT (Everything)

ZiNc (Everything)


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So unless @Vlansix added this ability recently, then users can't edit Console metadata or media on the database. Games are still editable of course, and several tweaks, bug fixes and features have been added, but consoles are still locked for now. They may be publicly open in the future, but currently no. If you want to start collecting information and put it in this post, I am sure that Alex (@Vlansix) would appreciate the info.

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Aamber Pegasus

Developer: Stewart J Holmes, Paul Gillingwater, Nigel Keam, and Paul Carter

Manufacturer: Technosys Research Labs

Max Controllers:  1

CPU: MC6809C

Memory: 4k RAM, later versions had 64k

Graphics: N/A

Sound: N/A

Display: N/A


The Aamber Pegasus is a home computer first produced in New Zealand in 1981 by Technosys Research Labs. The hardware was designed by Stewart J Holmes. It featured a MC6809C CPU. The software was designed by Paul Gillingwater, Nigel Keam and Paul Carter.


Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aamber_Pegasus




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Acorn Atom

Release Date: 1980
Developer:  Acorn Computers
Manufacturer: Acorn Computers
Max Controllers: N/A
CPU: MOS Technology 6502, 1MHz
Memory: 2 kb RAM (Expandable to 12), 8 kb ROM (Expandable to 12)
Graphics: -
Sound:  1 Channel, Integral Loudspeaker
Display:  64x64 (4 colors), 64x96 (4 colors), 128x96 (monochrome), 64x192 (4 colors), 128x192 (2 colors), 256x192 (monochrome)
Media: 100kb 5 1/4 inch Floppy Disk, Cassette Tapes

The Acorn Atom was a home computer made by Acorn Computers Ltd from 1980 to 1982 when it was replaced by the BBC Micro (originally Proton).

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Amiga CD32

Release Date: September 17, 1993
Developer: Commodore
Manufacturer: Commodore
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: Motorola 68EC020, 14.32 MHz(NTSC), 14.16MHz(PAL)
Memory: 2 MB Amiga Chip RAM
Graphics: 24-bit colour palette
Sound: 4 x 8-bit PCM Channels

Display: 320 x 200 (NTSC)

320 x 256 (PAL)

Media: CD-ROM

The Amiga CD32, styled "CD32" and code-named "Spellbound", is the first 32-bit home video game console released in western Europe, Australia, Canada and Brazil. It was first announced at the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom on July 16, 1993, and was released in September of the same year. The CD32 uses CD-ROM media, and was developed by Commodore, creator of the Commodore 64 computer.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_CD32
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Amstrad GX4000

Release Date: September 1990
Developer: Amstrad
Manufacturer: Amstrad
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: 8/16-bit Zilog Z80A,, 4MHz


RAM: 64 kb

VRAM: 16 kb

ROM: 32 kb

Graphics:  Sound: 3-Channel Stereo, AY-3-8912 chip


Mode 0: 160x200 pixels with 16 colours

Mode 1: 320x200 pixels with 4 colours

Mode 2: 640x200 pixels with 2 colours

Media: ROM Cartridge
The GX4000 is a video game console that was manufactured by Amstrad. It was the company's short-lived attempt to enter the games console marketThe console was released in Europe in 1990 and was an upgraded design based on the then still-popular CPC technology.  The GX4000 shared hardware architecture with Amstrad's CPC Plus computer line, which was released concurrently. This allowed the system to be compatible with the majority of CPC Plus software.
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And now for the last one of the night, this obscure Soviet Computer haha,

I will Try to get as many done as I can this week with time permitting.

Apogee BK-01

Release Date: 1988
Developer: -
Manufacturer: ARB Plant
Max Controllers: N/A
CPU: KR580VM80A, 1.78 MHz

Memory: 56.25 kb RAM

4 kb ROM

Graphics: Text Only with a Character Generator
Sound: KR580VI53, 3-Channel, 1 Bit per channel


64 x 25 Characters, 6 x 8 Pixels

Media: CD, Cassette

Apogee BK-01 or Apogey BK-01 (Russian: Апогей БК-01) is a Soviet 8-bit personal computer built on the Radio 86RK basis. It was in a serial production since 1988. Its later version Apogee BK-01C (Апогей БК-01Ц) featured the colour support.

Source: https://zak.fi/Apogee_BK-01

Russian Source: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Апогей_БК-01

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Hi In virtute Dei.

It's great to see someone taking on this mammoth task for all the new Platforms in the database.
When the Platforms metadata was first done way back in mid 2015, we entered it in LaunchBox using the Manage Platforms and then eMailed the XML file to Jason and the metadata was available in his next beta. I don't know if Jason still uses this method, as this was before the games database came along and machine images were being submitted directly to the forums. But when the games database did arrive Jason had it all in there.
Not too sure how many platforms were done back then. Quite a few members were active at it; I think I did around 70.

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It's a task I'm happy to do! There is actually a lot that are not filled out now escoecially the newer and obscure ones :) but I want to get all of them done because when I first joined this community a few months ago I wanted to help but school has been keeping me so busy but I have some free time so I want to do all I can to make LaunchBox and the database awesome!!

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Apple II

Release Date: June 1977

Developer: Steve Wozniak/Steve Jobs, Apple Computers, Inc
Manufacturer: Apple Computer, Inc
Max Controllers: 1
CPU: MOS Technology 6502
Memory: 4kb to 64kb, Depending on the model
Graphics:  NTSC Video Out
Sound: 1-bit speaker

Display: Lo-res (40x48)

Hi-res (280 x 192

Media: Audio Cassette, 5.25" Floppy


In 1976, computer pioneers Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs began selling their Apple I computer in kit form to computer stores. A month later, Wozniak was working on a design for an improved version, the Apple II. They demonstrated a prototype in December, and then introduced it to the public in April 1977. The Apple II started the boom in personal computer sales in the late 1970s, and pushed Apple into the lead among personal computer makers.

Source: http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_334638

Source: http://apple2history.org/history/ah03/

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II

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Apple IIGS

Release Date: September 1986

Developer: Apple Computers, Inc
Manufacturer: Apple Computers, Inc
Max Controllers: 1 Game I/O Socket
CPU: WDC 65C816, 2.8 MHz
Memory: 1.125 MB Ram Built in, Expandable to 8 MB
Graphics: VGC 12-bpp palette
Sound: Ensoniq 5503 Digital Oscillator Chip, 8-bit audio
Display: 320 x 200, 640 x 200
Media: 5.25" Floppy & 3.5" Sony


The last member of the Apple // line, The Apple //gs was a also the most powerful. Announced in September 1986, the IIgs was built around a Western Design Center 65C816 processor running at either 2.8 or 1 MHz. It included expanded graphics and sound functions, and was initially offered with 256 kB of RAM, expandable to 8 MB. The IIgs also offered 128 kB of ROM, expandable to 1 MB. The //gs shipped with a Mac-like interface and a //gs-specific OS, and introduced the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_IIGS#External_connectors

Source: http://apple-history.com/aiigs


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Atari XEGS

Release Date: 1987

Developer: Atari
Manufacturer: Atari
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: Atari 6502C
Memory: 64 KB RAM
Graphics: 256 Color Palette
Sound: 4 Channel
Display: 384 x 240
Media: ROM Cartridge


The Atari XE Game System (Atari XEGS) is a home video game console released by Atari Corporation in 1987. Based on Atari's 8-bit 65XE computer, the XEGS is compatible with the existing Atari 8-bit computer software library. Additionally, it is able to operate as either a stand-alone console or full computer with the addition of its specially designed keyboard. In computer mode, it may utilize the majority of peripherals released for Atari's 8-bit computer line. Atari packaged the XEGS as a basic set consisting of only the console and joystick, and as a deluxe set consisting of the console, keyboard, joystick and light gun.

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Capcom Play System

Release Date: July 1988

Developer: Capcom
Manufacturer: Capcom
Max Controllers: 1
CPU: Motorola 68000, 10 MHz (Secondary CPU, Zilog Z80, 3.579 MHz)
Memory: 68 KB RAM
Graphics: CPS-A & CPS-B Graphics Processors @ 16 MHz , 16-bit, with 65,536 Colors
Sound: Yamaha YM2151, 3.579 MHz, Oki OKI6295, 1 MHz
Display: 384 x 224
Media: ROM Cartridge


The CP System (CPシステム shīpī shisutemu) or CPS is an arcade system board developed by Capcom that ran game software stored on removable ROM cartridges. More than two dozen arcade titles were released for CPS-1, before Capcom shifted game development over to its successor, the CP System II.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP_System

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Capcom Play System II

Release Date: September 1993

Developer: Capcom
Manufacturer: Capcom
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: Capcom DL-1525, 16 MHz (Secondary, Kabuki DL-030P, 8 MHz
Memory: 1329 KN (1 MB FPM DRAM, 304 KB SRAM)
Graphics: CPS-A & CPS-B Graphics Processors @ 16 MHz, 32-bit, 4096 On-Screen Colors
Sound: Q1 QSound Processor
Display: 384 x 224, 512 x 262 (Overscan)
Media: ROM Cartridge

The CP System II (CPシステムII shīpī shisutemu tsū) or CPS-2 is an arcade system board that Capcom first used in 1993 for Super Street Fighter II. It was the successor to their previous CP System and Capcom Power System Changer arcade hardware and was succeeded by the CP System III hardware in 1996.

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Capcom Play System III

Release Date: 1996

Developer: Capcom
Manufacturer: Capcom
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: Hitachi SH-2, 25 MHz
Memory: Various
Graphics:  N/A
Sound: 16-Channel, Stereo
Display: 384 x 224 (Standard), 496 x 224 (Widescreen)
Media: CD-ROM, Cartridge (BIOS)

The CP System III (CPシステムIII shīpī shisutemu surī) or CPS-3 is an arcade system board that was first used by Capcom in 1996 with the arcade game Red Earth. It was the second successor to the CP System arcade hardware, following the CP System II. It would be the last proprietary system board Capcom would produce before moving on to the Dreamcast-based Naomi platform.

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Casio Loopy

Release Date: October 19, 1995
Developer: Casio
Manufacturer: Casio
Max Controllers: 1
CPU: 32-bit RISC SH-1 (SH7021)
Memory: Unknown
Graphics: 32-Bit
Sound: Unknown
Display: Unknown
Media: Cartridge


The Casio Loopy (ルーピー Rūpī?), subtitled My Seal Computer SV-100, is a 32-bit home video game console sold exclusively in Japan. Released in October 1995,it was unique in that the marketing for it was completely targeted to female gamers. The Loopy included a built-in thermal color printer that could be used to create stickers from game screenshots. An optional accessory, called Magical Shop, allowed the machine to be used with outside devices (such as VCRs and DVD players) to obtain images from them, add text, and make stickers from those as well. Including Magical Shop, which contains its own built-in software, the Loopy game library contains 11 titles. The CPU is the same as Sega 32X CPU.  The Loopy features one controller port for use with a standard game controller or with a mouse (sold separately). Noted developer Kenji Terada worked on Loopy Town no Oheya ga Hoshii!

[Very Little Information of the Technical Side for this Japanese-only Console]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_Loopy

Source: http://www.racketboy.com/retro/casio-loopy-101-32-bit-japanese-console-for-girls

Source: http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg90-loopy.htm#page=specs

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Casio PV-1000

Release Date: October 1983

Developer: Casio
Manufacturer: Casio
Max Controllers: 2
CPU: Z80A, 3.579 MHz
Memory: 2KB RAM
Graphics: 8 Colors
Sound: D65010G031, 3 Channel
Display: 256 x 192
Media: ROM Cartridge

The PV-1000 (ぴーぶいせん Pi Bui-Sen) is a home video game console manufactured by Casio and released in Japan in 1983. The PV-1000 was powered by a Z80A micro-processor, and had 2 KB RAM available, with 1 KB devoted to its character generator. It had a 256x192 pixel resolution and had 8 available colours. It was released alongside a computer known as the PV-2000, which is compatible with PV-1000 controllers but not games. In the same year Casio released two other consoles, the PV-7 and the PV-16 which were MSX computers. The PV-1000 initially sold for 14,800¥.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PV-1000

Source: http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg80-pv1000.htm#page=specs

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