Hardkernel’s latest ODROID device isn’t a Raspberry Pi-like single board computer. Instead it’s a handheld game console that looks a bit like a classic Game Boy… but it’s way more of a DIY device (it’s also a little smaller than a Game Boy).

The ODROID-GO is a kit that you assemble yourself to create a a portable gaming device with a 2.4 inch display, a speaker, battery, WiFi and Bluetooth, and gaming buttons.

It’s also Arduino-compatible, programmable device. The ODROID-GO is available from the HardKernel store for $32 (or $34 from the ODROID Inc store if you’re in the US and don’t want to pay for an international bank transfer).

A fully assembled ODROID-GO measures 4.8″ x 3″ x 0.6″, and the kit includes a 2.4 inch, 320 x 240 pixel TFT LCD display, an ODROID-GO board, an enclosure, buttons, a speaker, and a 1,200 mAh battery that’s said to offer up to 10 hours of battery life.

The board features an ESP32 application processor that can be clocked to run at speeds between 80 Mhz and 240 MHz, and there’s a micro USB port for charging, a microSD card slot for storage, and a 10-pin expansion header that you can use to connect accessories like an external display.

It also supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2.

You can use the system to run Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES, or Sega Game Gear or Master System emulators. Or you can write your own code: the ODROID Wiki has schematics, application notes, and information on how to program the device to run games like Tetris or utilities like a portable weather station.

via CNX-Software

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10 replies on “ODROID-GO is a $32 handheld game console (programmable and Arduino-compatible)”

  1. It looks like a smaller version of the Game Boy but with a better screen. I will be checking it out.

  2. i prefer dingoo
    for game 400Mhz and wifi is critical and good, GOOOD open gpu
    and baterry for 12h playng game

    in my opinionprocesor is not good but big FPGA (40Mhz of more) and normal ARM is better, arm 100Mhz + fpga is ok

  3. So, basically the Pocket Sprite on steroids? Sprite_TM did say that he wanted to see Chinese manufacturers take on the idea of small game consoles based on the ESP32, and the whole point of Pocket Sprite was that they didn’t do that yet so he did.

  4. I would like to know how to get one of these. The website seems broken when ordering. Any help?

        1. Hardkernel’s US store is odroidinc.com and the product is listed, though I don’t know if it’s shipping yet or not.

          Also, ameridroid.com has been distributing Odroid products for several years and they list the product for pre-order. I have purchased from Ameridroid a few times and have never had issues. I’m not affiliated. Either store should be reliable.

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