A professional arcade machine typically includes the following components:
- Cabinet: This is the physical structure of the arcade machine, which houses all the other components. The cabinet may be made of wood, metal, or a combination of materials and is often designed with a specific theme or style in mind.
- Monitor: A high-resolution monitor is used to display the game graphics and provide a clear, crisp image for the player. Monitors used in arcade machines are typically larger and of higher quality than those used in home consoles.
- Control panel: This is the area where the player interacts with the game. It typically includes a set of buttons and joysticks used to control the game, as well as any other necessary buttons or switches.
- Sound system: Arcade machines often feature a high-quality sound system to enhance the gaming experience. This may include speakers, amplifiers, and other audio equipment.
- Computer system: The arcade machine’s computer system is responsible for running the game software and handling all the necessary processing tasks. This may include a central processing unit (CPU), graphics processing unit (GPU), and other necessary hardware components.
- Power supply: The arcade machine requires a power supply to provide electricity to all its components. This may be a standard wall outlet or a dedicated power supply unit.
- Coin mechanism: Many arcade machines are designed to accept coins or tokens, and a coin mechanism is used to process these payments and grant access to the game.
- Lighting and other decorative elements: Many arcade machines also include decorative elements such as LED lighting, neon signs, and other visual enhancements to enhance the overall aesthetic of the machine.