Nintendo’s Sport Boy type issue continues to be a traditional and Experimental Pi’s new $90 PiBoy Mini pays homage to that truth, whereas providing extra modern-day electronics courtesy of the Raspberry Pi Zero vary of boards.
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At first look, we love the design. It resembles a barely squashed Sport Boy at 112 x 88 x 20 mm versus Nintendo’s 148 x 90 x 32mm. Utilizing cues from the North American SNES launch we see the retro purple and darkish gray colour scheme of the period. On the face of the unit is a D-pad, begin, choose and a menu button. The 4 Y,B,X and A buttons are labelled in the identical method because the SNES, however the place are the shoulder buttons? Transferring round again and we see the L and R shoulder buttons sitting happy with the case. A pleasant contact, as our RetroFlag GPi Case 2W has them flat on the rear. The edges of the case are away from any ports, not like Nintendo’s authentic. On the underside of the unit is a USB-C connector used to cost the inner 2800mAh LiPo battery, and three.5mm headphone jack. Crowning the highest of the case is one other USB-C port, this time for the Raspberry Pi Zero of your alternative.
The display screen, a 3.5 inch LCD with a decision of 640 x 480 is able to 60fps and takes up over half of the case entrance. Audio is by way of the aforementioned 3.5mm headphone jack or built-in amplified speaker. So the place does the Raspberry Pi Zero go? Nicely this straightforward to assemble equipment comes prepared so that you can drop in a Raspberry Pi Zero. With out an meeting information on the location we will solely guess that the Pi Zero suits behind the display screen. We noticed a micro SD card slot within the again proper of the case. One other clue is that the display screen connects to the Pi utilizing the GPIO, so some type of connector or interposer is used to hitch the 2. Even perhaps pogo pins are used to type a connection?
Enjoying video games on PiBoy Mini is taken care of by one in all plenty of emulation based mostly OS. RetroPie, Lakka or Recalbox are prepared and ready so that you can get your sport on.
Pre-orders for $90 handheld at the moment are being taken, with an anticipated launch date of Might 10 2023.