The Raspberry Pi is designed to be a tiny, low cost computer for use in education. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to play video games. The team working to bring the $25 computer to market posted a video this weekend showing a prototype running Quake III.
This is still a work in progress — the frame rate is lower than it should be, but the little computer can output the game to a 1080p display. The developers are trying to work out a fix for the low framerate issue.
Not only does the video demonstrate that you can play games on the Raspberry Pi — it also gave the team a chance to test power consumption and heat generation while the Broadcom BCM2835 processor was running at top speed. The result? The chip stayed well under 100 degrees.