Swedish designer Love Hulténn is no stranger to video game nostalgia. After making countless homages such as a handmade arcade wall cabinet and a glass-encased Nintendo console shrine, one can only wonder how Hultén could top his penchant for the machines of yesteryear.
Enter the Yesterday Vision—his latest handmade wooden enclosure built to play emulated video games.
From the surface, the Yesterday Vision looks like an old-timey T.V. your grandparents would use to watch reruns of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Yet, the unit features a full 19-inch 4:3 HD screen with full-range loudspeakers and a built-in Raspberry Pi computer to play emulated games for the NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, NeoGeo, Atari 2600, Nintendo N64, PlayStation, and multiple arcade games to boot.
Hultén crafted the Yesterday Vision as, like his many other handmade creations, a way to bring his nostalgia for retro video games into the 21st century. The enclosure surrounding the screen is made from mahogany, featuring an intricate mesh pattern and a large volume knob on the side. Even the curvature of the screen uses a custom barrel-distortion, so it looks like an old CRT monitor.
Housed within the enclosure is the screen which projects the games themselves. I already mentioned the emulating potential of the Yesterday Vision, but it turns out Hultén also added an HDMI port on the back of the machine which allows you to hook up your computer and other current generation consoles so you can play games on it as well.
Up to four controllers can be hooked up to the machine via Bluetooth. While you can use your own PlayStation or Xbox controllers, Hultén also made a set of two hardwood wireless controllers should you purchase them along with the Yesterday Vision. He can even customize the size of the Yesterday Vision to fit your needs!
The price of nostalgia doesn’t come cheap though, as the stock Yesterday Vision will set you back roughly $2,799.00 (and that’s without taxes and shipping!). Admiring the machine online and from afar is free,
Hultén has tons more nostalgic creations, and while most of them are video game-related, all of them can be found over at his webpage.