Creoqode’s Lyra is a handheld game console featuring a 5 inch display surrounded by game controllers. It looks a bit like a PS Vita, but under the hood it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite. That means while you can use the Lyra to play classic console games, it’s basically a full-fledged computer with support for Linux or Android operating systems.

While the Lyra isn’t actually available for purchase yet, Creoqode is running a Kickstarter campaign and hopes to begin shipping the handheld computer in December. This is the company’s fifth crowdfunding campaign, so Creoqode has a track record of developing and delivering these sorts of products.

During the crowdfunding campaign you can reserve a Lyra DIY game console (some assembly required) for £149 (about $185) or an RTG (ready to go) version for £179 (about $225).

While you could theoretically save money by building your own Raspberry Pi-powered game system, there’s some value in getting all the components you need in one place.

The Lyra, for example, includes s 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, a 16GB microSD card, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a case with controllers, micro USB, audio, and HDMI ports.

It also features a Raspberry Pi module with a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and 1GB of RAM. And GPIO pads are exposed, allowing you to connect up to 8 sensors or accessories.

Creoqode notes that you can also also use the Lyra as a portable desktop computer — just plug in a mouse, keyboard, and display and you’ve got a Linux computer.

That said, now that the significantly more powerful Raspberry Pi 4 is available for $35 and up, I can’t help but think that it might have made sense for Creoqode to wait until a Compute Module version of Raspberry Pi’s latest single-board computer was available before launching the Lyra.

Meanwhile, folks who are willing to pay more for a higher-power handheld gaming PC have a growing number of options. In addition to the existing GPD Win and Win 2 handheld gaming computers with Windows 10 software, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Smach Z could actually ship this year.

via Computer Hoy

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15 replies on “Lyra handheld game console is also a portable, Raspberry Pi-powered PC (Crowdfunding)”

  1. I’m with everyone else who says the lack of analog sticks is a bit of a dealbreaker. Otherwise, I’d be really into this. I’ve been thinking a lot about how the Compute Module is perfect for these kinds of homebrew devices, basically letting you upgrade the hardware every so often while also leveraging a much larger development community. I would actually be a lot more excited about the Pyra if it was basically their form factor with a CM slot, and the Lyra is basically very similar to something I had been planning on DIYing anyway.

    But it needs dual analogs, come on. (And 4 shoulder buttons.)

  2. No analog sticks, 1gb of ram, 1.4ghz processor…

    PS1 emulation will be the top this thing can do. Many modern indies will struggle to run with that little memory.

    And all of this in a price you could buy used switch or new switch mini once it comes out.

  3. Looks nice, but that’s a hefty price for something that is limited to just retro games (lack of analog sticks). Aren’t there plenty of pi handhelds out there that are much cheaper?

    I still wait for the day someone makes a Pyra clone using the RPi Compute Module.

  4. Just take a garbage can, pull out your wallet throw your money in it and take it to the curb or invest in this thing, same difference..

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    Or use your smartphone with a games controller.

  6. No analogue sticks, only useful for very old consoles.

    You could at least stream from PC or future cloud services if you had full game pad controls.

  7. It would be really nice if the HDMI port was on top of the device instead of the side, then you could use the whole device as a game controller for larger screens, but I’m not about to back something I don’t really need just to tell them that.

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