So CV support thru Cartridge or SD Card, Atari 2600 support thru SD Card and later possibly a CV-to-2600 cart adapter.
How about going for the "Era Triifecta" with an Intellivision core at release or soon after via SD Card loading? Just thinking out loud because the Inty community is much larger than the CV community and could boost sales signifantly for the initial production run.
Intellivision controllers are 9-pin digital controllers. Support for original or flashback controllers shouldn't be an issue. If you have a controller that hasn't been abused they are fairly reliable.
For Inty support to be worth the trouble, you need an actual Inty controller. So the from-the-get-go question is this: Is the controller included with AtGames' Intellivision Flashback compatible with the front controller ports on the Phoenix?
The problem with Intellivision is where you are going to get an intellivision fpga source. Kevtris has the only one that I know of.
I'm not sure if the intellivision community is bigger but they talk more. Collectorvision sells to both so they should have a good idea. It sure would be nice to have an a2600/intellivision/colecovision all in one fpga system.
If you want sales address atari 2600 cartridges, analog/paddle controllers, switches. With that stuff the kickstarter would have been achieved easily.
Wouldn't a y-adapter in controller port 1 do what you're looking for on a real colecovision.
Would this set up work differently on the Phoenix than it does for the Colecovision? I do something similar in that I use an Atari 2600 controller in port 1 for gameplay and a Coleco controller in port 2 for game selection. However, this set up does NOT work if any in game keypad presses are required. I cannot select a floor for the elevator in Miner 2049er for example. Maybe there's just something wrong with my Colecovision but if the Phoenix works in the same way, that isn't really a solution.
Edited by mr_me, Fri Nov 9, 2018 3:04 PM.