What is the most popular video game console that is legal to be modded and reverse engineered and preferably supported by Unity, Game Maker Studio or SDL2?

  • What budget do you have? – Undo Sep 25 '16 at 1:03
  • $100. But if the console is good enough, I might spare some more money for it. – Foxcat385 Sep 26 '16 at 1:00
  • The only issue I can see with this idea, using any console, is the darned misuse of DMCA by corporate attorneys. – NZKshatriya Oct 27 '16 at 14:51
  • @ArtofCode fine, doth this appease thy sense of moral anal retentiveness?? Assuming you are living in the USA, modding a console can land you in hot water legally. Legal Issues Modifying a console is considered a violation of the DMCA(Digital Millennium Copyright Act). People have been arrested for modifying systems for personal use as well as modifying systems for profit – NZKshatriya Oct 28 '16 at 0:16

Insofar as a Steam Machine is a game console and is sold into that space, Steam Machines running plain SteamOS or Windows are supported by Unity and Game Maker Studio. As they are computers, they can be modded, and insofar as open source linux software like much of SteamOS goes, it can be "reverse-engineered" without much difficulty.

Where this kind of falls down is "popular" - there are really only two or three consoles that are actually "popular" - Xboxes, Playstations, and the Nintendo Wii U. Steam Boxes are a niche product, though they are widely popularly known.

In any case, one good example of a moddable steam machine would be the Maingear Drift Steam Machine. It's basically constructed out of off-the-shelf components and runs SteamOS without Windows, removing concerns one might have about inadvertently stepping on MS's toes.

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