Last Updated on January 16, 2021
YouTuber ETA Prime has shared some leaked news about upcoming Raspberry Pi-based retro handheld systems from ExperimentalPi. These include a Gameboy-esque Raspberry Pi 4 system, and a Gameboy Advance-like Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4-based unit.
Joining the existing PiBoy DMG kits, the devices look promising, if a little bulky.
PiBoy SRX – Based on Raspberry Pi 4
Chunkier than the CM4x, the PiBox SRX is built around the bulky form factor of the Raspberry Pi 4. While held in landscape mode rather than portrait, the device has plenty of Gameboy design cues. .he 3.5-inch 640 x 480 IPS display is protected with tempered glass, accompanied by buttons, dual analog sticks, and shoulder buttons.
Note that while the use of the Raspberry Pi 4 for this model makes things bulky, Ethernet and USB ports are accessible.
PiBoy CM4x – Based on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4
Resembling the Gameboy Advance, the PiBoy CM4x sports a 3.5-inch 640 x 480 IPS display with tempered glass surrounded by digital ad dual analog inputs, four shoulder buttons, HDMI output, and a microSD slot on the side of the case. It is likely a carrier board hosts the CM4, a far smarter solution for systems like this than a standard Raspberry Pi 4.
Both units should be capable of running games up to the PlayStation 1. Probably shipping for $150 fully assembled, it is likely that kit versions of the PiBoy CM4x and PiBoy SRX will also be available. Keep an eye on ExperimentalPi for updates.
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