Experimental Pi sells several kits that let you transform a Raspberry Pi single-board computer into a handheld game console, including a PiBoy DMG kit that’s been available for around 4 years and has a design that takes heavy inspiration from Nintendo’s Game Boy.

But that kit was designed for the Raspberry Pi 4. Now Experimental Pi is preparing to launch a new model called the PiBoy DMGx that will be compatible with the Raspberry Pi 5.

Raspberry Pi’s newer computer delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor, which means that while the PiBoy DMGx may look like a Game Boy, a fully assembled kit should be capable of handling newer games and emulators (it can handle PS2 emulation, for example).

The PiBoy DMGx kit isn’t available for purchase yet, but it has a list price of $150, and that price does not include a Raspberry Pi 5, a microSD card, or any games: you’ll need to supply those things yourself.

But the kit includes a case, display, battery, and cooling system, among other things. Specs include:

  • 3.5 inch, 640 x 480 pixel display
  • 4,500 mAh LiPo battery
  • USB-C charging port
  • D-Pad, analog stick, 6 action buttons, start and select buttons, and shoulder triggers
  • Speaker
  • Built-in heatsink and cooling fan

The case has cut-outs on the bottom for a headphone jack and USB-C port and on the top for four USB Type-A ports and an Ethernet jack. On the sides you’ll find a microSD card reader port, a mini HDMI port, and a volume knob.

Experimental Pi says the kit will come partially assembled, but customers will need to add their own Raspberry Pi computer.

via Tom’s Hardware

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  1. They need a RUGGEDiZEd version that can be thrown against the wall and play full contact racquetball with.

  2. I’d suggest sticking with the older Raspberry Pi 4 model if this is something you really want.

    The Raspberry Pi 4 was already capable of emulating just about any system that this control scheme is good for. The controls layout used by these vertical-orientation gameboy style handhelds are really only great for playing 8-bit, 16-bit systems, and a few 32-bit systems (GBA, Saturn, some PS1 games).

    Most systems above that need a more modern control scheme. For example, the Raspberry Pi 5 can emulate Gamecube and some PS2 games, but you definitely aren’t going to be able to play many of them with this control layout (one analog stick, only 2 triggers, no analog triggers, etc).

    1. This looks pretty neat to me, but I wouldn’t think you’d need a full Raspberry Pi 5 in something like this either. I bet the battery life sucks.

  3. Huh, tempting. If nothing else, it’s hard as heck to find a retro console with the Genesis-style six-button controls.

    I wonder what it will actually get for battery life?

  4. Bro I am so sick of raspberry pis its absurd.

    We get it. You put a small pre-built computer kit together and downloaded some files off github.

      1. RPi Foundation’s greatest “ally”, maybe, but definitely not “our”!

        @arcdoom, have you thought of looking at SBCs from other providers?