what is a virtual pinball machine ?

How is a virtual pinball machine different ?

If you came to our website looking for a pinball machine you have seen the term “virtual” come by several times. Let’s look at what the differences and advantages are when it comes to electronic or virtual pinball systems.

mechanical pinball

mechanical pinball

First there was the mechanical pinball machine. Great engineering, lots of moving parts, and …. a lot of mechanical failures. While the mechanical pinball served it’s purpose back in the day, these machines are now relics of times gone by and are very expensive to maintain and repair.


electronic pinball

Then came the “electronic” pinball machine. Big transformers , mechanical actuaters and solenoids where replaced by electronic parts like transistors and diodes. Lightbulbs made room for LED lights, and later electronic pinball machines even had circuit boards built in.

Biggest problems : The technology is still expensive and we still only have 1 pinball game with only 1 playingfield to play on.


playingfield

virtual pinball

At last, there is the virtual pinball machine. State-of-the-art technology with powerful computers built inside and 3 or more large LCD panels with UHD (ultra high definition). This machine can store hundreds or even thousands of playfields and games, it is virtually maintenance-free, cheaper than all previous pinball machines, and can update itself through the internet.

I hear you thinking … ” that’s not pinball “, and in some ways you may be right because this is much better ! The virtual pinball machine looks, sounds and feels exactly the same as the old machines. Our top models have force feedback systems so you can feel the ball rolling in the cabinet, you can sense the vibrations of the ball hitting the bumpers, you can nudge the table to move the ball and your plunger can hit the ball soft, hard or anything you want in the middle by gyroscopic sensors built in.

The virtual pinball machine is superior in every way. The graphics are second to none, the sound systems typically contain multiple speakers and powerfull subwoofers, the cabinets are built to fold and are stronger than ever, the force-feedback can adjust itself to every game, the backpanel and lighting automatically adjust to the gameplay , you have a choice of thousands of tables in 1 machine, and it can stand the test of time by upgrading itself when needed. Do we need to say more ?

superb graphics & amazing gameplay

nudging virtual pinball
nudging virtual pinball
Harriet Sanders
Harriet Sanders
2024-05-29
Really great communication throughout the ordering process - and always happy to answer any questions in a very timely manner. Super happy with the product as well!
Joe Martine
Joe Martine
2023-12-11
From start to finish, the customer service was superb—knowledgeable, friendly, and infused with a fun spirit that truly enhanced the entire experience. Fulfilling a long-time wish of owning a claw machine, I was pleased to visit their showroom and thoroughly delighted by the exceptional hospitality extended to me. Witnessing my son and his friend's pure joy and excitement added to the overall delight.
Julius Mooijer
Julius Mooijer
2023-11-22
Ik heb onlangs een full-size arcade besteld en ik ben echt positief verrast! Hoewel ik geen eerdere ervaring had met arcades, gaf de keuze voor MadeForArcade me meteen een goed gevoel. Mijn verwachtingen zijn volledig overtroffen; de arcade ziet er prachtig uit!
Markus Liptow
Markus Liptow
2023-10-26
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Frédéric Rombeaut
2023-10-11
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Maxime BONNET
Maxime BONNET
2023-09-09
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regis daube
regis daube
2023-09-07
La prise de contact est simple et rapide. Patron a l'écoute du client et connaît ce qu il vend. La machine achetée tourne parfaitement et ne présente aucuns défauts d utilisation ou de construction. Il y en a pour toutes les bourses. Complètement dans mes attentes, le son de qualite et le monnayeur est un plus dans ma recherche de la nostalgie.
Davy
Davy
2023-08-23
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Giuseppe Dilonardo
Giuseppe Dilonardo
2023-08-07
We have ordered a 4K virtual pinball machine with 4 screens. Everything went perfectly, each contact with the team was quick and conclusive. Pinball has arrived to us in Switzerland. We chose to take a local carrier as it seemed easier for everyone. The pinball machine is fantastic and we don't regret our purchase. It's a pity that we can't modify the parameters of the tables (encrypted files). We definitely recommend Madeforarcade for any purchase.
Martin Schneider
Martin Schneider
2023-08-02
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