Faqs By Arcade/Gaming Cabinet FAQ


What's the difference between your Standard, BOSS, & Xtreme Gaming Cabinet machines?

The differences between our Xtreme Gaming Cabinets and our Ultra Custom Cabs "standard" and "BOSS" arcade cabinets comes down to computing and graphics processing power, display type, storage space, and add-ons such as lighting and additional adaptor/switching hardware that allows you to integrate your old gaming consoles into your cabinet.

We only make PC-based arcade machines - not Raspberry Pi or SOC (System On A Chip) units.
We ONLY use brand-new components, not cheap, recycled second-hand ex-government or business PCs, and clearly state what our machines include on our product pages so our clients actually know (not "think" they know) what they're buying.

Put simply, Pi/SOC machines (and low rent second-hand computers) lack the power required to run tens of thousands of emulated titles and can't run the Hyperspin/RocketLauncher menu system.
We wouldn't compromise our gaming experience with an under-powered machine and don't believe our clients should either!

Just on the menu system. We use the well-established and rock-solid Hyperspin system because it is stable, looks amazing, and is much faster than other options like Launchbox/Big Box.
RocketLauncher is the "brain" behind Hyperspin - and it is required on our machines due to the size and complexity of our systems.
Even if we switched to another front-end, like Launchbox/Big Box, Maximus, etc., we would continue to use RocketLauncher as the "brain" - because other menu systems do not have the features needed to run our machines.
Don't be suckered by claims that LaunchBox/Big Box is "better", simply because it is newer. It is a decent front-end that is simple to set up (hence it's popularity) and is fine for basic systems, but lacks the "smarts" to support more complex collections. As mentioned, it would require RocketLauncher on our machines to provide "under-the-hood" features that it does not offer.
The catch-22 is that LaunchBox/Big Box is slower/more resource-hungry than Hyperspin - which can result in poor gaming performance - defeating the entire purpose of a gaming cabinet!
We "may" offer LaunchBox/Big Box as an OPTION at some point, but only if it does not compromise the gaming experience for our clients. For the present, we'll continue to use the RELIABLE and FAST Hyperspin menu system.

Before starting we'll look at identical features you'll find on our 2 or 4 Player Xtreme Gaming Cabinet and BOSS, and 2 Player Deck machines.

Controls
ALL of our Xtreme Gaming Cabinet, BOSS, and Deck machines feature switchable, enhanced control systems.
This makes them THE most compatible and flexible arcade machines on the market.
You can choose from four operating modes via the multi-position switch on the control deck:

  • Mode 1 - Keyboard 1: Automatic control map preset for MAME use / our 2TB Hyperspin system. Sends computer keyboard keys. Works for TWO players and also has a "dual stick" mode for certain games like "Crazy Climber"...where both Player 1 and Player 2 controls are used to control the title. Can be switched between analog and digital joystick control.
  • Mode 2 - Keyboard 2: You can create your own control map for any use. Sends computer keyboard keys. As above, but set up for our 8TB Hyperspin system.
  • Mode 3 - Hardware/DirectInput: Automatically maps controls for the ACTIVE console adaptor.
  • Mode 4 - X-Input: Automatically maps controls to match TWO X-Box controllers for TWO players (unlike using a controller board that only emulates keyboard keys and ONE X-Box controller). This mapping is used widely in Windows, Steam, and other gaming apps. Can be switched between analog and digital joystick control and also allows dual-stick mode.

The following consoles are directly supported in Mode 3 with the appropriate hardware adaptor.
You require MULTIPLE adaptors to support multiple consoles. All adaptors provide TWO player control:

  • Sony: PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
  • Microsoft: X-Box X-Box 360, and X-Box One
  • Nintendo: GameCube, Wii, and Wii-U
  • Sega: Dreamcast

Multiple adaptors, cables and switching hardware for adaptors, audio and video are included (and pre-wired) in the Xtreme Gaming Cabinet machines.
Note: You can purchase and set up these adaptors and switching units yourself if you want to add them to your Boss or Deck at a later stage.

Cabinets
ALL of our machines:

  • Are made from locally manufactured and sourced matt-black laminated MDF board. Every (glued and screwed) panel we use is precision-cut with computer-controlled machinery. This minimises waste, and ensures a perfect fit for every component of your machine - bottom line, this makes your machine look great inside and out, but more importantly, makes your cabinet incredibly strong and durable.
  • Our decals (artwork) have a flat, matt or gloss vinyl coating and are applied flawlessly to our precision-cut laminated panels. This ensures that there is no bubbling, lifting, or unsightly paintbrush marks showing through the skin on your machine - even under the brightest light. Speaking of decals - if you're a fan of a particular theme and want artwork that isn't in the store - just ask. We might have it on file, but if we don't, we can can create custom artwork for your machine. Just let us know.
  • Our machines have extensive, precision-cut ventilation slots - minimising the risk of overheating, and providing you with years of trouble-free use.We include shelving and additional power outlets for your console hardware.
  • Our machines have a lockable front-door, providing easy access to consoles and switchboxes, but also keeping curious hands out.
  • All of our upright cabinets feature heavy-duty castors on the rear which make it easy for you to move them. We recommend that at least two people do this, for safety.
  • We ONLY use gold-leaf buttons for game play, which don’t contain the micro-switch of “standard” arcade buttons, and offer a zero delay response. They also have no “click” when pressed.
  • Search and Pause buttons, along with hidden left/right mouse-click buttons, and pinball flipper buttons are standard on all of our cabinets.
  • We ONLY use Happ joysticks. They can be operated as 2, 4, or 8-way - and are by far the best sticks around. They work well in ANY type of game - from fighters to platformers.
  • All electrical components comply with the safety standards outlined in AS/NZS 3820 and the RCM, detailed in AS/NZS 4417.2.

Standard Arcade Cabinet
Offline vintage gaming at a great price...
Our standard cabinet features a Ryzen 3 GPU and ships with a HD TV screen.
Audio is provided by the TV speakers.

It features our reboot to restore system, which means that the machine can NOT be broken by accidental deletions, virus or malware activity, or Windows updates.

  • It is designed to run old school arcade and vintage console games only.
  • It does NOT have the graphics power to run more modern titles.
  • IT does NOT offer switchable control modes. Xbox controllers are natively supported. Connect 1 or 2 XBox controllers if required by a title (this is indicated onscreen).
  • It ships with a 2TB gaming system.
  • You can add an additional drive to the system to add titles, media, and so on, if you wish.
  • 2 Player models can be ordered in our stock or "retro" cabinet style.

BOSS Arcade Cabinet
Offline retro and modern gaming heaven....
Our BOSS cabinet features a Ryzen 5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a dedicated GTX-1660 (or higher) graphics card.
It ships with a Full HD computer monitor (can be upgraded to a 4K monitor) and a discrete 2.1 sound system.
It also features LED light strips around the base or below the control deck and a backlit marquee.

It features our reboot to restore system, which means that the machine can NOT be broken by accidental deletions, virus or malware activity, or Windows updates.

  • The BOSS is designed to run old school arcade games and more modern titles, including newer consoles.
  • It ships with an 8TB gaming system.
  • You can add an additional drive to the system to add titles, media, and so on, if you wish.
  • 2 Player models can be ordered in our stock or "retro" cabinet style.

Xtreme Gaming Cabinet
The choice for advanced users and online and VR gaming...
Our Xtreme Gaming Cabinet features a Ryzen 5 (or higher) CPU, 16 GB RAM, and a dedicated GTX-1660  (or higher) graphics card.
It ships with a Full HD computer monitor (can be upgraded to a 4K monitor) and a discrete 2.1 sound system.
It also features LED light strips around the base or below the control deck and a backlit marquee.

Included by default is the 5-in-1 console adaptor and a PS4 or X-Box 1 adaptor plus internal switching hardware for the adaptors and HDMI signals from your consoles.

The Xtreme Gaming Cabinet is NOT PROTECTED by our reboot to restore system, which means that the machine CAN be broken by accidental deletions, virus or malware activity, or Windows updates.

  • The Xtreme Gaming Cabinet is designed to run everything -  from old school arcade games through to modern AAA titles, VR....you name it!
  • It ships with an 8TB gaming system AND a further 2 or 8TB drive for your own Steam, Ubisoft, PSNow etc. content.
  • You can completely customise the system, and can add peripherals such as VR headsets, steering wheels, Light Guns, additional drives etc.
  • 2 Player models can be ordered in our stock or "retro" cabinet style.

Note: The Xtreme Gaming Cabinet is the ideal machine for those who like to "tinker" and for users who have a SOLID understanding of vintage and modern computer gaming systems - notably the front-end and back-of-house Hyperspin/Rocketlauncher combo.
If you are NOT a (seriously) technical user, we recommend that you consider the Boss or standard machines that provide our reboot to restore feature.

What's the story with your Xtreme Gaming Cabinets?

Our Xtreme gaming cabinets are PC-based powerhouses that are most definitely NOT the simple "arcade machines" that you can find on e-Bay etc.

Most of the "cheap and cheerful" e-Bay units are Raspberry Pi or JAMMA-based cabinets, bartops, or decks that use low-powered CPUs or SOCs (System on a Chip) to run old school arcade titles. Basically, the same level of computing power as a mid range mobile phone.
The majority of these machines are manufactured in China, and sell for a couple of hundred bucks, with cabinets selling for about $800-1500. Don't get us wrong, they work well enough, but they're not what we're about. If you are looking for an inexpensive JAMMA or Pi-based machine, we'd suggest going for a locally manufactured and supported machine...or better yet, save up for an Xtreme gaming cabinet.
If you want the best, but you're on a budget or space is tight, we also offer the Xtreme Decks which provide the same core functions as our Xtreme gaming cabinets - just hook it up to your TV, monitor, projector and/or sound system, and away you go! Another option is our Standard 2 player or Standard 4 player upright arcade cabinets. These are PC-based, so run menus and games far more smoothly than JAMMA or Pi-based units.

We DO NOT sell low-end Pi or JAMMA/SOC-based machines because they simply don't have the CPU and graphic processing muscle required to support the features of the Xtreme gaming cabinet (or even our standard machines).
To give you a point of comparison, the Xtreme gaming cabinet computer components alone (motherboard, CPU, RAM, video card, licensed operating system and storage drives, and power supply) exceed the cost of an entire Pi or JAMMA/SOC-based upright arcade machine...and that's before you add the screen, sound system, lighting, controller boards, buttons, switches, joysticks, console adaptors, HDMI and adaptor switch boxes, cabling, artwork decal printing, the materials used to build the cabinet itself...oh, and a few bucks for our time to put it all together and test each unit.

While our Xtreme gaming cabinets definitely look like classic arcade machines - and are well and truly capable of playing classic arcade titles - that's where the comparisons end with the low-end Pi or JAMMA/SOC-based units.

We call our Xtreme machines "gaming cabinets" (rather than arcade cabinets) because they are capable of playing everything from retro arcade, right through to modern AAA titles - either locally or online.
You can choose how you want to play your favourites – from old school arcade games - default M.A.M.E. support thru the Hyperspin front-end, through to the latest re-imagined versions of "classics" such as Mortal Kombat X & XI, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, Crash Bandicoot, Sonic, and more.
If you're in the mood for a modern shooter or RPG - or own a VR headset and want to dive into a virtual world - log into one of your online accounts to add what YOU want to play - and start playing!

Our Xtreme gaming cabinets run a fully licensed copy of Windows 10 64-bit.
Not only can you use any available Windows gaming software - including online apps like Steam -  you can also integrate your old (and new) console hardware into the Xtreme gaming cabinet.
This means that you can directly connect and play games on your old GameCube, original XBox, PS2, Wii, or other console machines through your cabinet screen and sound system - driven with the arcade controls. There's dedicated shelf space inside the cabinet for at least 4 consoles and switching hardware that makes it simple to swap between devices or apps. No need to mess around with a computer keyboard to switch between systems (unless the PC game you're playing actually requires it).
You can quickly go from playing a classic retro arcade title, to playing your PS3 inside the cab, to battling a mate beside you - or on the other side of the world - in some Street Fighter V or Mortal Kombat XI action. Check out the video to get an overview.

It's your choice as to how you want to use the Xtreme gaming cabinet and what games you want to play.

What's on the inside...
Our Xtreme gaming cabinets feature a well-specified PC and graphics card, with a kicking sound system - with an external volume control and a headphone jack (for some late night action without annoying the family, flatmates, or neighbours).
The USB and HDMI ports on your cabinet allow you to connect peripherals such as keyboards, extra drives, a mouse or - a VR headset, if you have one - for some full-on 3D gaming via Steam VR or other services.
By default, we use 32 inch Full HD computer monitors in our gaming cabinets, rather than TVs, because monitors offer superior response times and provide better image quality. You can opt for a 32 inch 4K monitor if you'd like - the graphics card can readily handle this resolution for titles that support it. A 4K screen also enables you to take full advantage of the graphic capabilities of your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.

We occasionally get asked if we can put in a bigger monitor (and have built machines in the past with 40 inch or larger screens), and while we "can", we do NOT recommend it - even with a 4K screen. The reason is that you and other players are within a foot or two of the monitor and pixelation is highlighted when you're this close. This isn't a problem with modern, high resolution games, but low resolution retro titles look increasingly worse as the screen size gets larger - basically a "blocky" mess. Given this, we recommend that you go no larger than a 32 inch screen - either our default 1080p or the upgraded 4K monitor. Both are a perfect size, look fantastic, have bright colours, and offer great response times - for modern or old skool games. Check out the specs on the product pages.
As always, you can choose to go for even higher-spec components if you wish - it's your custom machine!

Total control...
The heart of our machines is in the control systems.
You can choose from four operating modes via the multi-position switch on the control deck:

  • Mode 1 - Keyboard 1: Automatic control map preset for MAME use. Sends computer keyboard keys. Works for TWO players and also has a "dual stick" mode for certain games like "Crazy Climber"...where both Player 1 and Player 2 controls are used to control the title.
  • Mode 2 - Keyboard 2: You can create your own control map for any use. Sends computer keyboard keys.
  • Mode 3 - Hardware/DirectInput: Automatically maps controls for the ACTIVE console adaptor (more on this in a bit).
  • Mode 4 - X-Input: Automatically maps controls to match TWO X-Box controllers for TWO players (unlike using a controller board that only emulates keyboard keys and ONE X-Box controller). This mapping is used widely in Windows, Steam, and other gaming apps. Works for both analogue and digital control.


The following consoles are directly supported by Mode 3 with the appropriate hardware adaptor. You require MULTIPLE adaptors to support multiple consoles. Let us know what consoles you want to use when placing your order and we'll set everything up - you just need to plug your console(s) into the powerboard/adaptor(s) inside the cabinet (we'll provide instructions/help - it's really easy!). All adaptors provide TWO player control:

  • Sony: PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
  • Microsoft: X-Box X-Box 360, and X-Box One
  • Nintendo: GameCube, Wii, and Wii-U
  • Sega: Dreamcast

Here's how this works...
The appropriate adaptor for a particular console - say the GameCube - is connected to the arcade controller board.
All physical connections - for audio, video, or (wired) controllers are run from the GameCube to the adaptor/switchboxes (you need to do this bit).
When the GameCube is turned on....pop in your game disc, then set the Mode switch on the control deck to position 3, and your GameCube controls are mapped to the Player 1 and Player 2 controls on your Xtreme gaming cabinet.

As our machines can support multiple consoles - in our PREMIUM models - we have also included (and pre-wired) a couple of additional switchboxes inside the cabinet. One for HDMI, and another switchbox to swap between multiple adaptors. The HDMI switch is semi-automatic, so will switch to the active adaptor, but you can also manually push a button to switch.
The "adaptor switchbox" is manual, so choose the clearly-labeled console type/name (GameCube, or PS2, for example) to choose the corresponding adaptor. We'll customise/configure this for you - based on your adaptor choice(s) when you purchase your machine. All you need to do is plug your console(s) into the adaptor(s) and the power supply (all adaptor cables are provided).
When you choose an adaptor/console name on the adaptor switchbox, all video and audio is run through your Xtreme gaming cabinet screen and sound system, and controls are automatically mapped to Player 1 and Player 2 on the control deck (in Mode 3).

Your games, your way...
While the idea of having tens of thousands of games on your rig sounds appealing - the reality is that no-one has enough time to play them all, and only a small number of games will actually appeal to you. We've chatted with clients, friends, and family over the years, and more or less everyone basically thought along this line...
You have your top 100-200 games that you go back to time after time, and might occasionally give something else a try, or may just want something new.
The big difference between gamers was, and remains, their taste in games...some love "old skool" arcade, some love unicorns and puppies, and others are fully into disembowelling their mates with grappling hooks.

With this feedback in mind, we thought the best way to provide you with an endless selection of games that match YOUR tastes is to let you control what you actually install (or stream) on your machine.
Not only are games distributed online these days, but most are played with (or against) opponents online. Moving forward, digital distribution will be the only way to purchase new (or back catalogue) games. Another factor is that standalone cabinets are cool for retro gaming, but have no scope for online play.

So....if you go for an Xtreme gaming cabinet....you can play old skool arcade and your old consoles and your local or online game library using your Steam, X-Box Game Pass, Playstation Now (Coming to Australia in 2020), U-Play, Origin, GOG, itch.io, Gamersgate, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, Discord, and other accounts and services.
The great thing about these services is that titles that were only available on a particular console can be played without OWNING the console. X-Box Game Pass, for example, lets you play Forza or Halo - even if you don't own an X-Box One. This is not emulation - this is the real deal.
Same goes for re-imagined versions of classics like Crash Bandicoot, which is a full-on high resolution remake of the original title. Plays the same, but looks a million bucks (although you can also usually run remakes in "old skool" 8 or 16-bit graphic mode). Just on this....it's a good reality check for those who "remember" how great things looked through their nostalgia glasses - 8/16 bit graphics were crappy by today's standards, but the inherent flaws of blurry old TVs made them look better. Modern TVs and monitors expose and magnify the limitations of 8/16 bit graphics and machines. That said, retro gaming is all about simple goals, simple controls, and fun - not high-res eye candy!
Depending on the title, you can play solo or against your friends - either in the room or on the other side of the planet!
A number of online gaming options are cross-platform, which means that you can play Mortal Kombat X, for example, against opponents using Windows-based machines, PlayStation 4, or X-Box One machines.

You only install what YOU (or family members) want to play and you will NEVER run out of options...just log in to one of your accounts, find something cool, and download it - then start playing.
As long as it's got X-Box controller support, it'll work with Mode 4 - for TWO players.
If it's a keyboard/mouse game....you can create your own map in Mode 2, or simply plug-in a keyboard (the trackball acts as a mouse)..and have fun!

The big box...
We'd like to touch on our cabinets, artwork, and other elements that make a difference.

  • All of our machines are made of locally manufactured and sourced matt-black laminated MDF board. Every panel we use is precision-cut with computer-controlled machinery. This minimises waste, and ensures a perfect fit for every component of your machine - bottom line, this makes your machine look great inside and out, but more importantly, makes your cabinet incredibly strong and durable.
  • Our decals (artwork) have a flat, matt vinyl coating and are applied flawlessly to our precision-cut laminated panels. This ensures that there is no bubbling, lifting, or unsightly paintbrush marks showing through the skin on your machine - even under the brightest light. Speaking of decals - if you're a fan of a particular theme and want artwork that isn't in the store - just ask. We might have it on file, but if we don't, we can can create custom artwork for your machine. Just let us know.
  • Our machines have extensive, precision-cut ventilation slots - minimising the risk of overheating, and providing you with years of trouble-free use.
  • We include shelving and additional power outlets for your console hardware.
  • Our machines have a lockable front-door, providing easy access to consoles and switchboxes, but also keeping curious hands out.
  • We use locally-manufactured metalwork for our hinges, brackets, castors, trims, and so on. This not only provides work for another Aussie small business, but it guarantees supply. This - and the higher-level of quality -  is the main reason we switched (even though it's more expensive), because we feel it is extremely unprofessional to hold up client builds due to delayed shipments from overseas - even when ordered through local parts suppliers.
  • All of our upright cabinets feature heavy-duty castors on the rear which make it easy for you to move them. We recommend that at least two people do this, for safety.
  • We only use gold-leaf buttons for game play, which don’t contain the micro-switch of “standard” arcade buttons, and offer a zero delay response. They also have no “click” when pressed. Other buttons on our machines – Coin, Start, Exit, etc. use standard micro-switches, as zero delay response times aren’t needed.
  • Search and Pause buttons, along with hidden left/right mouse-click buttons, and pinball flipper buttons are standard on all Xtreme gaming cabinets.
  • We only use Happ joysticks. They can be operated as 2, 4, or 8-way - and are by far the best sticks around. They work well in ANY type of game - from fighters to platformers.
  • While this is something you normally only see on pinball machines, if you would like us to create a custom, illuminated "topper" to sit on the top of your gaming cabinet, just let us know. These are precision cut using industrial routers and etchers, and the artwork is directly printed on the perspex - we don't simply use stickers. The process is more expensive and time-intensive, but your showpiece will be flawless!
  • If you want to add your own figurine...say a plastic zombie that some of our clients have added to their Walking Dead cabinets, for example....and would like some built-in lighting for it - just ask, and we'll be happy to install it so you can add your model when you receive your machine.
  • All electrical components comply with the safety standards outlined in AS/NZS 3820 and the RCM, detailed in AS/NZS 4417.2.

To conclude...
Our arcade product range are GAMING cabinets, not simple "arcade machines".

They can absolutely cover all of your classic, retro arcade fantasies, but offer so much more than any "arcade machine" on the market. You are free to add emulator software if you wish, or to tap the endless online libraries offered by Steam, X-Box Game Pass, Ubisoft, Origin, PlayStation Now, and dozens of other services.

If you've got an old console sitting in a cupboard, dust it off and put it inside your Xtreme Gaming Cabinet...and revisit your old library of game discs or titles stored on console memory cards or drives.

Got a VR headset? Plug it in and immerse yourself in a virtual world.

You can play solo, with your mates in the room, or with anyone in the world who's up for a bit of gaming action.

Treat yourself to an Xtreme Gaming Cabinet - and play it your way!

Do I need to do any sort of setup when I receive my upright arcade machine?

No you don't....although you will need to set up your online accounts if you purchased an Xtreme Gaming Cabinet.
There's an instruction document attached to your machine.
Give it a read to learn about the key, remote control(s), etc. and follow the steps.

There's video instructions and other Help documents in a folder on the desktop of your machine. These cover all operational aspects and provide extra info, tips and tricks.
Please watch the videos from start to finish and take the time to read all of the documentation.

We understand that this is probably not something you'll want to do right at the beginning, but try to make the time over the first few days/week.

Have fun!

Can I get a bigger screen in my arcade cabinet?

We occasionally get asked if we can put in a bigger monitor (and have built machines in the past with 40 inch or larger screens), and while we "can", we think that the best size is 32 inches - even with a 4K screen.

The reason for our take on this is that you and other players are within a foot or two of the monitor and pixelation is highlighted when you're this close. It's just the way human beings "see" things.
This isn't a problem with modern, high resolution games, but low resolution retro titles look increasingly worse as the screen size gets larger - basically it can become a "blocky" mess.

To clarify a misconception, old school titles are upscaled to the size of your screen, not magically "converted" or "remastered" as high definition games.

  • Old arcade games were 8 bit 320 x 240 pixel (or lower) resolution...so a total of 76,800 pixels were used to create everything you see onscreen. Old arcade games also ran on a 12-20 inch CRT monitor.
  • Newer arcade games from the late 80's through the 1990s bumped things up to 640 x 480 resolution (a total of 307,200 pixels), 16 bit graphics, and upsized to 24 inch CRT monitors.

For comparison...1920 x 1080 screens have 2,073,600 pixels and 4K - 3840 x 2160 screens have 8,294,400 pixels.
Your phone probably has 25 - 30 times the resolution of vintage arcade screens!

While old school arcade titles can be run to fill a modern 32 inch, 40 inch, or even 100 inch Full HD or 4K screen through upscaling, this is NOT "remastering" of vintage games in high definition.
The same number of pixels are used for characters/sprites in retro titles...but these are multiplied and made bigger to fit larger, high resolution screens. You can also apply processes such as oversampling and filtering to subjectively "improve" colours, sharpness, and so on - but there's a limit to this because there simply isn't a lot of data in the original game code....so these processing "tricks" are making a guess. Sometimes the guess is good and the picture looks "better"....and sometimes it looks like garbage.
At the end of the day, it's some cool maths to make the picture fill your screen, but it doesn't (and can not) make vintage games look like the latest Playstation or XBox title.
The ONLY way to make games truly high definition is to actually "remaster" them by replacing the in-game graphics and animations....and updating the game code.

The way modern displays work emphasizes the "blockiness" of 8 and 16 bit graphics.
Old CRT monitors had inherent characteristics due to the way they generated images on the screen, such as scanlines and tube "glow", which made retro games look better.
Programmers and game art designers actually took advantage of these CRT display characteristics (or flaws, if you prefer) to save memory, and to make their 8 or 16 bit artwork and animations look smoother.
We replicate these aspects of CRT screens with software filters on our machines because without them, the flawless nature of modern monitors expose these programming "tricks"...and makes retro games look horrible.

Given these realities, our favourite size is a 32 inch screen - either our default 1080p or the upgraded 4K monitor. Both are a great size when you're standing a foot or two from the screen, look fantastic, have bright colours, and offer great response times - for modern or old skool games. Obviously, more recent titles are designed for modern displays, so look brilliant on them.

As always, you can choose to go for higher-spec components if you wish (including a larger screen, such as the 50 inch whopper that will feature on our upcoming "Beast" arcade machine) - it's your custom machine after all!

As an alternative you may not have considered...
If you have your heart set on a bigger screen, a cool way to do this is to grab a VR headset and play through this. You can have a movie theatre size screen in your VR world if you like, but you won't be a foot or two away from it...and, in our testing, vintage titles look surprisingly good on a virtual 100 inch screen.

Can I add new titles to my arcade system?

Yes, of course you can.

Our Xtreme Gaming Cabinets are not "protected" by our reboot to restore feature, so you can freely add titles through Steam or other online services, can directly install titles and media from storage devices, can create, add, delete, or hide menu items.
Basically, you can make whatever changes you wish!

Our Boss and standard arcade machines are protected by the reboot to restore feature. You cannot directly make changes to the system or gaming drives, but you CAN add further drives which can be used as you wish - for new titles, artwork, a completely separate Windows gaming system....you name it!

Can I save high scores on my arcade system?

Yes, you can.

Our Boss and standard arcade machines are protected by the reboot to restore feature but provide a non-protected partition which is used to store high score data and other volatile info.

Our Xtreme Gaming Cabinets are NOT protected by our reboot to restore feature, so you can freely save high score data and can make whatever changes you wish.

You should note that not "all" M.A.M.E. arcade titles save high scores. This variance is because individual arcade games present their high score data in different ways to M.A.M.E. Some games (at least 2500-3000 titles) do NOT present high score data at all, or if they do, it is not natively "understood" by M.A.M.E.
High score data can not be saved for these titles.

How do I use the mode switch and other functions on my arcade machine?

This video runs through the use of the mode switch, search, pause, and other functions on our arcade machines.
Hopefully it gives you an insight into some of the cool features available....and maybe even provides some answers to questions you didn't know you wanted to ask.

Arcade Quick Comparison Chart

Arcade Comparison Chart

All machines offer the same external features: gold-leaf player buttons, competition grade Happ joysticks for each player, coin/player start/enter/exit/search/pause/power buttons, high quality vinyl decals, extensive ventilation, CNC-cut cabinetry, lockable access door, etc. All electrical components comply with the safety standards outlined in AS/NZS 3820 and the RCM, detailed in AS/NZS 4417.2.

Feature
Standard
BOSS
Xtreme
CPU Ryzen 3 Ryzen 5 Ryzen 5
RAM 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Graphics None Nvidia 1660 6 GB Nvidia 1660 6 GB
Screen 32" HD TV - 60 Hz 32" LG Full HD monitor - 60 Hz* 32" LG Full HD monitor - 60 Hz*
Sound System TV Speakers Logitech Z333 2.1 + 2x50W speakers Logitech Z333 2.1 + 2x50W speakers
Switchable Controls/Mode Switch
No Yes Yes
Light-Up Marquee
No Yes Yes
LED strips around base of machine
No Yes Yes
Online Gaming No No Yes
Reboot to Restore Yes Yes No
2TB 40,000+ System
Yes No No
8TB 70,000+ System No Yes Yes
Extra Hard Drive No No Optional
External USB Port(s) No Yes Yes
PS4 or Xbox Hardware Adaptor
No Optional Yes
5 in 1 Hardware Adaptor
No Optional Yes
Hardware Adaptor Switchbox
No Optional Yes
HDMI Switchbox
No Optional Yes
Topper Optional Optional Optional
Choice of cabinet style (2P) Yes Yes Yes
Choice of any available artwork Yes Yes Yes
Custom artwork Extra Cost Option Extra Cost Option Extra Cost Option

What can you tell me about your 2 in 1 sit-down (cocktail) tables?

Our 2 in 1 sit-down...or cocktail tables, if you prefer...are amazingly cool little boxes that provide huge gaming choice in a compact package at a great price - and you've got a place to put your drink!

  • They feature two side-by-side player controls - each with a joystick and six gold-leaf buttons - along one side of the machine.
  • Arcade-style titles are played on a horizontally-aligned (desktop) 1080p monitor screen.
  • At the end of the machine, you'll find pinball controls - allowing you to play pinball tables on a vertically-aligned 1080p screen. This provides a much larger playfield and delivers a great "pinny" fix, without the footprint of a full-sized pinball cabinet.
  • We've modified the virtual pinball table code so that scores appear in a corner of the screen (usually the lower or upper left).
  • For gaming titles that are best (or can only be) played with a console-style controller, wired/wireless X-Box controllers are supported by default.
  • X-Box controllers can also be used for players 3 & 4 in four-player arcade titles.

Just like ALL of our machines, our 2 in 1 sit-down machines:

  • Are made from locally manufactured and sourced matt-black laminated MDF board. Every (glued and screwed) panel we use is precision-cut with computer-controlled machinery. This minimises waste, and ensures a perfect fit for every component of your machine - bottom line, this makes your machine look great inside and out, but more importantly, makes your cabinet incredibly strong and durable.
  • Our decals (artwork) have a flat, matt or gloss vinyl coating and are applied flawlessly to our precision-cut laminated panels. This ensures that there is no bubbling, lifting, or unsightly paintbrush marks showing through the skin on your machine - even under the brightest light. Speaking of decals - if you're a fan of a particular theme and want artwork that isn't in the store - just ask. We might have it on file, but if we don't, we can can create custom artwork for your machine. Just let us know.
  • Our machines have extensive, precision-cut ventilation slots - minimising the risk of overheating, and providing you with years of trouble-free use.
  • Our machines have a lockable door, providing easy access to components, but also keeping curious hands out.
  • We ONLY use gold-leaf buttons for game play, which don’t contain the micro-switch of “standard” arcade buttons, and offer a zero delay response. They also have no “click” when pressed.
  • Search and Pause buttons, along with hidden left/right mouse-click buttons, and pinball flipper buttons are standard on all of our cabinets.
  • We ONLY use Happ joysticks. They can be operated as 2, 4, or 8-way - and are by far the best sticks around. They work well in ANY type of game - from fighters to platformers.