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PiBoy handheld turns Raspberry Pi 5 into an overpowered, ****** Game Boy

Cramming the Raspberry Pi 5 into a very convincing Nintendo Game Boy case is some feat of cooling technology, but it seems that Experimental Pi has managed it in the form of the

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The case is very much a homage to the original Nintendo Gameboy. The form factor screams Game Boy, but this case also has space for the Raspberry Pi 5 (or Pi 3 / 4 via an optional adapter) and a 4500 mAh LiPo battery.

The Game Boy had only two buttons for input (A and B), Select and Start, and a d-pad. But PiBoy DMGx has six buttons (Z, Y, X, C, B, A) an analog stick and d-pad. Around the back we have L and R shoulder buttons, just above the battery compartment. The number of buttons hints to the number of systems that this unit can support. Z and C suggest N64, but we are missing one button for full compatibility. Gamecube is a possibility given the button selection.

The large, 3.5-inch LCD screen shares a design aesthetic to the original Game Boy, rounded corners, and a severely rounded bottom right corner. But that is where the similarities end. The PiBoy DMGx has a full-****** screen, versus the monochrome screen of the Game Boy (which was awesome in daylight, but really bad in low light). 

The Raspberry Pi 5 is sandwiched inside the case and we can see the USB and Ethernet ports at the top of the case. We can see cooling vents on the rear and a quick glance of the features shows that it comes with a cooling fan, probably something similar to Argon’s THRML Active Cooler. 

At the bottom is a stereo headphone output and a USB C port for charging and firmware updates. By firmware updates, we assume this is for Experimental Pi’s custom PCB. We wonder if this will be based on the Raspberry Pi Pico’s RP2040, as this chip is being used in a plethora of retro gaming consoles and projects.

Being based on the Raspberry Pi 5, the PiBoy DMGx can emulate many different consoles and home computers from the late 20th and early 21st century. Of course it can emulate the Nintendo Game Boy, any 8 or 16-bit console is easy for the Raspberry Pi 5. 

Sony’s PlayStation 1, *****’s Dreamcast and the Nintendo 64 should be easy to emulate given the power of the Pi 5. Later consoles, such as Sony’s PlayStation 2 and PSP can be emulated with the Pi 5. How well it performs depends on the game. Some run better than others. You should be able to emulate some Gamecube and DS games, but we wouldn’t push passed that era without a much more powerful machine.

Right now, the

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is not listed for *****, but a $150 price tag is reference on the page, so it is either out of stock, or not yet released. 

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