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Yes, you can use a floppy drive to play games on a smartphone

By midian182 · 5 replies
Aug 10, 2018
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  1. YouTube channel LGR, which covers retro tech, PC gaming, and other subjects, created the video. It sees a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive with a very snazzy woodgrain coating attached to a Galaxy Note 8. An OTG adaptor is used to connect the Note’s USB Type-C port to the USB Type-A connector.

    While the phone can read the floppy’s files, it can’t run MS-DOS titles. To play the Commander Keen game that’s on the disk, an Android variant of the popular DOSBox emulator program is used, called Magic DOSBox. After a little bit of configuration, the game is booted directly from the floppy disk and playable on the phone.

    As it hasn’t been made for a handset, there obviously isn’t any native touchscreen support, so Magic DOSBox provides a virtual keyboard overlay. This obscures a lot of the action, but being able to add a virtual joystick and specific keys make everything a lot easier. For an even more authentic experience, a full-size physical keyboard is attached via another adaptor and a USB hub.

    There are much easier ways of playing retro games on a phone, of course. The likes of Grim Fandango and Beneath a Steel Sky have been available on Google’s and Apple’s app stores for some time now, and they have been remastered to support modern handsets. But the video shows how old tech can still be made to work with today’s hardware. Now we just need to attach a tape player to a smartphone so it can play Spectrum games.

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  2. Wizwill

    Wizwill TS Enthusiast Posts: 97   +45

    Inventiveness is always applauded but. in this case, why?

    Sort of like mounting a set of Model T wheels and tires on a Shelby Mustang isn't it?
    jobeard and Reehahs like this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,084   +1,502

    That is hilariously awesome! XD
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. GregonMaui

    GregonMaui TS Enthusiast Posts: 89   +25

    What no VGA monitor support? Phhheh. Actually I expect to see this in a Samsung commercial
  5. Brach Speicher

    Brach Speicher TS Rookie

    Never again call a 3.5 inch floppy disk "security". That's all I ask.
  6. TechCat

    TechCat TS Member Posts: 22   +15

    Like to see a LS-120 drive Flopticle drive used faster 120MB storage and reads 720KB/1.44MB diskettes faster too.

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