The IBM PC spawned the fundamental structure that grew into the dominant Wintel platform we all know immediately. As soon as heavy, cumbersome and energy thirsty, it’s a machine you could now emulate on a single board with an inexpensive commodity microcontroller. That’s due to work from [Fabrizio Di Vittorio], who has shared a how-to on Youtube.
The complete playlist is sort of one thing to observe, displaying off an enormous variety of old-school PC purposes and video games operating on the platform. There’s QBASIC, FreeDOS, Home windows 3.0, and sure, after all, Flight Simulator. The latter recreation was truly thought-about considerably of a de facto customary for PC compatibility within the Nineteen Eighties, so the truth that the ESP32 can run it with [Fabrizio’s] code suggests he’s executed effectively.
That is wonderful work, and whereas there’s tons of higher methods to emulate an outdated IBM PC, they’re not as cool as operating it on an inexpensive microcontroller.