is the OS an actual operating system or just an .exe file that simulates a desktop enviroment
Pixel Vision 8: Make
A downloadable Fantasy Game Console for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Pixel Vision 8 is a Fantasy Console that simulates imaginary 8-bit hardware. Out of the box, Pixel Vision 8: Make contains a built-in copy of Pixel Vision OS which turns PV8 into an 8-bit computer. It includes all the tools you need to create Pixel Vision 8 games! Make is for game jams, prototyping ideas, and learning how to code 8-bit games.
Includes Pixel Vision OS
Pixel Vision 8: Make contains a built-in copy of Pixel Vision OS plus extra tools for creating PV8 games. Make also includes support for a virtual drive to manage and organize your games and projects.
Design Your Own System
You can customize the cartage, graphics and sound options for each of your Pixel Vision 8 game. There is drag and drop support for built-in template from classic 8-bit consoles as well. You can mix and match different system templates to create your dream Fantasy Console specs!
All New Music Generator
The built-in Music Tool includes a powerful song generator. Merely click on the magic wand and Pixel Vision OS takes care of the rest. You can then go through and clean things up or make a song entirely from scratch with the virtual keys and tracker.
Use the custom Tilemap Tool to streamline designing your game's levels. You can even set up flags making collision and object placement easier. There are even more tools only available in Make that help turn Pixel Vision 8 into a powerful 8-bit game development environment.
Pixel Vision 8 is a powerful fantasy console with the following features:
- Support for Mac, Windows, and Linux with Xbox, Windows 10, iOS and Android Support coming soon.
- Full controller, keyboard and mouse support.
- Run in scalable window mode or fullscreen.
- Play, Make and Share PV8 games with a built-in version of Pixel Vision OS.
- Support for mounting a Workspace folder from your computer to make sharing files between the two easier.
- Includes additional editors such as the Music, Tilemap and Font Tools.
- Customize the hardware limitations for each game with the built-in Chip Tool.
- Code games in Lua with an easy to learn set of APIs.
- Share your games with others.
Pixel Vision 8 is still in development. Currently, it is offered as "early access" and may contain bugs, unexpectedly crash, or be missing features.
Release Make v0.9.1 Alpha
This marks the alpha release of Pixel Vision 8: Make. Make replaces the Pixel Vision 8 Game Creator and has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. You can now log bugs specific to Pixel Vision OS here or to the core MonoGame Runner here. There is also a dedicated Discord Server for community, help and sharing work. Below are the issues that have been addressed in this release:
Pixel Vision OS (v2.1.0)
- Need to wire up music tool menu
- Need to force uppercase for notes
- Note field should allow empty value
- Need to add track mute checkbox
- Need to wire up track mute checkbox
- Instrument not changing
- Need to clean up the Tilemap Tool
- Issue naming new project
- Music note field not working
- Music Tool stepper issue
- Clicking on empty track makes noise
- Issue playing Music Demo
- Wire up song generator config fields
- Sound history not working
- Gun SFX template is not working
- Fix wave buttons
- Knobs disappear with modals
- Chip editor tray issues
- New file dialog names are wrong
- Disk doesn't highlight after reload
- Slider scroll value issue
- Ejecting disk issue
- Shouldn't be able to eject drive
- Log message display error
- Fix Slider when mouse is offscreen
MonoGame Runner (v0.9.1)
- Need to save to tmp directory
- Glitch error when loading games
- Ejecting OS disk with game in drive
- If game doesn't have autoload it doesn't load
- Print doesn't work
- Issue loading Libs
A download link to the last version of Game Creator will stay up until Make is more stable and has documentation. After that it will no longer be available.
Join The Club
The Fantasy Console Club focuses on making retro 8-bit games with Pixel Vision 8. The club offers access to exclusive tutorials, demos, and tools as well as a free copy of Pixel Vision 8.
In order to download this Fantasy Game Console you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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I haven't got it but it's most likely a simulated desktop environment.
I teach a Video Game class at a public high school in NYC and would love to use PV8. Is there possibility for a ChromeOS build? since unfortunately all the best computers we have are Chromebooks.
Thanks! This rules!
It would be worth testing ahead of time, but the Linux build might work since ChromeOS has some support for Linux applications now.
I don't have plans for a ChromeOS build but can add it to my list of target platforms.
What are the export options at the moment, is it possible to export to Android or desktop with the current build ? Thanks
I'll assume not then given the lack of responses here. Shame really, looked promising.
Sorry, I've been rather busy getting the new build ready. That being said the current version doesn't have export options right now. I had to remove them so I can clean up the way they work. Next month I plan on adding that back in and have some future plans to let people upload and download games online through Pixel Vision 8: Make itself. But that will probably be live later this year.
Hi, how can pro paid users can download PV8 updates?
You should have access to this on your itch account. If you use their desktop app, it will automatically alert you to new updates.
Hey, the "Free Game Creator" link leads to a 404 webpage.
I'm wondering whatever game I create here, they can be distributed, right?
Yes, you can create a .pv8 file for you game that others can play in the Game Creator and there are some experimental export options such as HTML5 and Desktop. I'll be revamping this system in the future but all PV8 games are just zips so you can easily peak inside and see how they work too.
Definitely my favorite game creation tool. I'm still pretty new to game development, but I've played around with a lot of different tools, and this has quickly become my favorite. The easy to follow gui design makes it a lot of fun just to play with the tool itself.
I'm currently going through the tutorials and loving every second of it!
This looks like a great old school game development engine / tool. I look forward to working the tutorials.
Awesome little dev tool, especially for jams that theme themselves around classic or fantasy consoles. This is the most flexible and dynamic 8bit console simulator that I've ever had the joy of messing with.
pixel vision 8 is a great tools what you need when you want make a game, prototyping and sharing. Even it's still on development process but you can used early access, also help the developer to continue this project. Anyway the best thing and make this tools different from the other is music editors, you will falling in love with random music creator