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#1 RoboChicken

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 08:05 AM

My Quasimoto Quasicade 2 Review. Sorry if it sounds too much like an ad- I didn't have time to edit it for X-S:


Quasimoto Quasicade 2 Review


15 years ago, my routine after school, was to head down to my local 7-11 or Roundtable and blow my lunch money on arcade games. Countless hours of Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, and even TMNT which was a blast to play with a couple of friends. We all had NES and SNES at the time but it wasnít the same as being able to hang out at an arcade, eat some pizza, and beat the crap out of strangers.

Fast forward to today and you see that console is king. A few weeks ago I was at a local Boardwalk for the first time in years, and what was once an arcade section filled with the latest games is now mostly a graveyard of old stand-ups. Early 3D systems like the Playstation, introduced ďarcade styleĒ graphics and soon there were less and less reasons to let go of your quarters.

Armed with nostalgia for the old days, a decent PC, and an emulator called MAME, people have been building their own cabinets and arcade sticks for years. One day, while working out of his garage, a video game enthusiast by the name of Chris Gerding decided he would try and put a Playstation into an arcade cabinet. This was the birth of a company called Quasimoto. I first learned about the company from one of my customers who needed a bunch of Xboxs repaired. Thatís when I met Eddie, who turned out to be the marketing guy for Quasimoto, and we soon agreed on an even trade for one of their systems.

Quasimoto happens to be right in my backyard in the sunny city of San Diego, CA. Their offices at first glance look rather small, with a few cubes here and there and a Quasicade Pro in the corner. But open the back door and you enter this huge wherehouse filled with arcade parts, where the magic happens. I actually got to witness my Quasicade 2 being put together and also got a sneak peak at some of their future products.

Currently, Quasimoto has an impressive line of 6 arcade products that successfully joins the two disparate realms of arcade and console. Many of your old Xbox or PS2 games take on a second life of fun once experienced on a Quasicade arcade system. This experience alone is worth the purchase. But something truly unique and exciting happens when you combine a modified Xbox with the Quasicade. Remember how you used to drool over the arcade setup on that 80ís show, Silverspoons? Well, imagine that times 10,000 but in one arcade machine! Thatís exactly what you get with the Quasicade 2 from Quasimoto - minus the modded Xbox wink.gif. Eat your heart out Ricky Schroder!



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Setup was fairly easy since the stand-up was already pre-built for us. We just had to fit it through the door, install the montior, and plug our modified Xbox in.

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The monitor is just a standard 27" TV. There are a bunch of others that fit perfectly with the Quasicade. In front of the monitor is a glass window with a black border that masks the edges of the TV. The TV comes with a remote control and works perfectly fine through the border.


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This is the Quasicon 2P arcade controller. It's a monster of an arcade stick with 26 buttons, including all analog and digital joysticks required for PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox. It even has the Xbox memory card slots built in. At first it's an overwhelming amount of buttons but you get used to it. It even comes with interchangeable credit card size legends for PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox so you know exactly what each button does.


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The Quasicon 2P arcade controller is the most advanced arcade stick out on the market today. It features 8-way digital joysticks and L/R analog joysticks which allow for maximum game compatibility. In contrast, the X-Arcade only has one stick per player and you have to hit a hidden button to switch between analog and digital. On top of that, the X-Arcade is just completely missing the right analog stick so you can't even play the games that utilize it. With Quasimoto's Quasicon, you have the freedom and full control of any game on Xbox, PS2, or Gamecube. Another feature you won't see in any arcade stick are the pressure sensitive buttons. All of the buttons on the Quasicon sense 256 points of pressure. Pressure recognition is essential to certain games and also to the fast forward feature of Xbox Media Center.


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The Quasicade 2 features a marquee with customizable graphics. It even lights up and has a switch to turn the light on and off. It gives you that genuine arcade feel when turned on. You can even push the marquee upwards to reveal a shelf space where you can store games.

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The Quasicade cabinet is very well built with locking door hinges and ample space for all 3 compatible systems to fit at once. A PC tower could easily fit by removing the shelves which simply sit on metal tabs inserted on the sides of the cabinet. The stand-up comes with a 3-way AV cable that supports Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox. It also comes with dongle adapters for all systems that plug into the Quasicon, plus 1 USB for PC connectivity. Quasimoto also offers a switcher if you decide to plug all systems in at once. The power strip is also included and mounted for you at the bottom of the cabinet.


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What you see here is a slide out keyboard tray. It has nice height for most chairs and room for both your keyboard and mouse. Perfect if you have a PC inside your Quasicade. Also convenient if you have the XFPS for Xbox or 360 that allows you to use keyboard and mouse for first person shooters.


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This is the audio control that has adjustments for both volume and bass. Conveniently located right below the keyboard tray for easy access. It even has an on/off button to shut off your speakers/subwoofers when not in use.


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This is a 10W RMS 4" subwoofer mounted at the bottom of the cabinet. Enhanced by the cabinet itself, it provides more than enough bass and typically turned one notch down so not to disturb the neighbors smile.gif


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3" 6W full range speakers mounted inside the marquee. Sounds excellent!

Edited by RoboChicken, 07 January 2007 - 08:01 AM.


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Posted 07 January 2007 - 08:06 AM

Me like

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 08:18 AM

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Customizable side panel graphics. On the new Quasicade EX this panel is swappable. You can make design requests or send them your own and they will have it done for you. I asked them about the dude on this panel, and no, it's not Ryu smile.gif


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I've had this system for about 6 months and it's taken a beating from hundreds of customers. The controller still works perfectly! Even if things do go bad, the Quasicon has a lifetime warranty!


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This is a backlit legend that has swappable credit card sized inserts that you can change out depending on what system you're playing.


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Quasicade 2 with modified Xbox (Not included). This is a TSOP'd v1.4 with Xecuter 2 5035 BIOS and 250GB hard drive. What you see is not the Xbox 360 but a 360 skin for modified Xbox1s running XBMC. Hidden behind the marquee is a Linksys Wireless G Adapter that is connected to the Xbox. I wirelessly stream music and video's over my network to the Xbox turning the Quasicade into the ultimate jukebox! We suddenly got a fever for fighting games too. All fighting games for Xbox are a blast to play on this thing. Recommended: Street Fighter Anniversary edition (includes Street Fighter III), Capcom vs. SNK EO, SVC Chaos, Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear Isuka, Mortal Kombat Deception, MK Alliance, Metal Slugs, Midway Arcade Treasures, and more! And don't forget MAME for Xbox! MamedoX Platinum (so I hear wink.gif) is highly recommended which has every arcade game from the 70's to 2004. It even has a great Neo-Geo selection built in! Imagine all the King of Fighters, all the Samurai Showdowns, all the Metal Slugs, all the Fatal Furys, Pac man, Galaga, any and all games you can remember playing at your local arcade and so much more! I'm not even going to go into all the other old school emulators available for Xbox (you'll have to experience it yourself smile.gif)

The Quasicade combined with a modified Xbox is truly a dream setup. This setup just clicks so well I would go so far as to call the Quasicade the next step in evolution for your modified Xbox. It's like having thousands of arcade systems all in one! I just don't see why you would want to run one without the other. Seriously, you'll notice a lot of games that take on a new life once experienced on a genuine arcade system. Just do a shoryuken on your regular controller and you'll know what I'm talking about.


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This is your back... This is your back after you've been standing for hours and hours in front of a Quasicade Arcade System. Any questions? smile.gif




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Mark, our resident Capcom vs. SNK EO expert and Xbox specialist. We still go to our local Tilt arcade every now and then just to test our skills. It's nice having the practice smile.gif




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Final Verdict: Thumbs Up!

More information: www.quasimoto.com

Edited by RoboChicken, 07 January 2007 - 08:14 AM.


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Posted 08 January 2007 - 06:48 AM

Very cool product, but I'd rather build my own cabinet. Still, it looks very nice, and for those people who don;t have the time or space to do their own cab, this is a great alternative. I do like how simple it is to integrate your favorite console. Good review.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 06:08 AM

QUOTE(Dracc @ Jan 7 2007, 09:55 PM) View Post

Very cool product, but I'd rather build my own cabinet. Still, it looks very nice, and for those people who don;t have the time or space to do their own cab, this is a great alternative. I do like how simple it is to integrate your favorite console. Good review.


Thanks! I like the look too- I think they hit the nail on the head with the design. I've seen some of the MAME galleries out there and compared to the Quasicade, everything else just looks disproportionate to me.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:43 AM

Okay, that totally rules. Run Mame, or another emulator on there, and you'd really capture the arcade feel.

According to their website, it goes for MSRP $599 USD. That's not too bad in my opinion. You could probably build one cheaper, but it probably wouldn't look as good.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention RoboChicken. I think I might actually be ordering one of these...

Later,

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 01:08 AM


^^Result. One happy dude! Nice^^

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 01:59 AM

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:41 AM

omg! dude! so your saying one of your "local" Xbox specialists tried it out?

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Mark, our resident Capcom vs. SNK EO expert and Xbox specialist


I thought those blinds in the background of the first pic on your SD Mods page looked kind of familiar. biggrin.gif

So how are the sticks? Can I come down'n bring some quarters?! laugh.gif hell, I'll bring a Dreamcast!

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:50 AM

heh your goofy lookin

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:05 AM

QUOTE(ShinSean @ Jan 10 2007, 04:48 PM) View Post

omg! dude! so your saying one of your "local" Xbox specialists tried it out?
I thought those blinds in the background of the first pic on your SD Mods page looked kind of familiar. biggrin.gif

So how are the sticks? Can I come down'n bring some quarters?! laugh.gif hell, I'll bring a Dreamcast!


Yeah not sdmods Africa. They're too busy worrying about the Lions laugh.gif

They have a Timecade that takes quarters and when time runs out it shuts off the controller. No dongles for Dreamcast (that I know of). I'm sure Chris can easily make them on request- they do customizations to the Quasicon on request.

The sticks? I like the range of motion alot better than the X-Arcade. With the X-Arcade, I find my self accidentally jumping (smaller circle). Plus 1P and 2P are further apart on the Quasicon so you have room. My only gripe is the button layout. If they can come out with a standard straight 2x3 (6) button row, instead of slanted like they have now, that would get a lot more people interested. Looking at the button layout, I think they did the best they could taking into consideration they had three consoles to think about.

They're going to have a sit down model soon complete with wheel and speakers built in to the seat. I saw a 3D model of it and it uses the same 30" LCD in they use in the Quasicade HD.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 07:23 AM

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Yeah not sdmods Africa. They're too busy worrying about the Lions


haha very funny, I was putting two and two together. I finally came down to your shop the other day and saw the blinds closed but didn't read your hours of business on the site. bah. happy.gif

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They have a Timecade that takes quarters and when time runs out it shuts off the controller. No dongles for Dreamcast (that I know of). I'm sure Chris can easily make them on request- they do customizations to the Quasicon on request.


once again, I was kidding wink.gif but that IS pretty cool, people could charge their friends and earn their
investment back laugh.gif

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The sticks? I like the range of motion alot better than the X-Arcade. With the X-Arcade, I find my self accidentally jumping (smaller circle). Plus 1P and 2P are further apart on the Quasicon so you have room. My only gripe is the button layout. If they can come out with a standard straight 2x3 (6) button row, instead of slanted like they have now, that would get a lot more people interested. Looking at the button layout, I think they did the best they could taking into consideration they had three consoles to think about.


I mean are they of "notable quality" they arent Perfect 360's I'm guessing wink.gif - yeah the button arrangement is pretty dope.

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They're going to have a sit down model soon complete with wheel and speakers built in to the seat. I saw a 3D model of it and it uses the same 30" LCD in they use in the Quasicade HD.


now THAT would kick ass, nice and comfy, and no strained back! laugh.gif


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Posted 11 January 2007 - 08:19 AM

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I mean are they of "notable quality" they arent Perfect 360's I'm guessing


It's an 8-way D-stick, full circle. The L/R analog sticks are either hexa or octa. Feels like the real thing to me- stop by and check it out smile.gif

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 08:33 PM

sweet! maybe I will Friday night, got class from 6-10pm mon-thurs dry.gif
I'll see about bringing a few "SD legends" with me if I can. ^^ should be fun to watch too pop.gif

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 09:12 PM

One thing I forgot to mention-

For those trying to stick a PC in there, it's doable and the USB dongle for it is included. But setting up a PC for MAME can be complicated for some people. You have to boot windows, boot the emulator, then boot the front end. With a modded Xbox, just boot the xbox and boot the emulator. So much more easier and the GUI for the Xbox emus are simple, beautiful, setup for your controller, and easy to use. And you don't have to worry about Windows crashing on you. On the other hand, a PC plays more roms than an Xbox does and runs them better. But with the Xbox you still have a great amount that runs flawlessly so it's up to you.




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