New Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Can Super Power Your Compact Retro Builds

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A brand new Raspberry Pi model has been released. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a super-specced version of the old Pi Zero, ideal for compact retro gaming projects like the Retroflag GPi Game Boy clone.

Six years after the first Raspberry Pi Zero was given away on a magazine cover (amazing!), the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is a wireless-equipped upgrade with 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. This isn’t the first Pi Zero with wireless (the Pi Zero W and Pi Zero WH models have been around for a few years) but with that RAM and the BCM2710A1 SoC clocked at 1GHz, it is certainly the most powerful.

Those specs in full:

  • Broadcom BCM2710A1, quad-core 64-bit SoC (Arm Cortex-A53 @ 1GHz)
  • 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
  • 1 × USB 2.0 interface with OTG
  • HAT-compatible 40 pin I/O header footprint
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Mini HDMI port
  • Composite video and reset pin solder points
  • CSI-2 camera connector
  • H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30); H.264 encode (1080p30)
  • OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics

What is particularly significant about all this is that the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W has the same form-factor and footprint/profile as its predecessors. Consequently it should fit into any existing projects you’re running, such as, I dunno, a Retroflag GPi case!

Recalbox runs on the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, and can handle emulating a selection of Dreamcast and PlayStation 1 titles.

You’ll find the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W available from Pimoroni, The Pi Hut, and similar stockists in the UK for under £15. Internationally the computer will cost you $15.