Most handheld game devices have 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio displays, but a handful (pun intended) have 1:1 screens. And now you can add the ZPG A1 Unicorn to that short list.

The A1 Unicorn is an upcoming handheld with a 4 inch, 720 x 720 pixel display positioned between a set of game controllers that includes dual analog sticks, a D-Pad, action buttons and shoulder triggers.

Pricing and detailed specs haven’t been announced yet, but the A1 Unicorn is expected to launch on December 31, so we should get more details by the end of the year.

For now, RetroCN has shared a few promotional images indicating that the handheld will have a 4,500 mAh battery and hall sensor joysticks, and a short promo video shows that handheld should be able to handle emulation of classic game consoles up through at least the PlayStaiton 2 and Nintendo DS.

It looks like the ZPG A1 Unicorn also has USB-C, 3.5mm audio and microSD card ports on the bottom of the console, with power and volume buttons on the top.

There also appear to be stereo speakers below the game controllers, and what looks like a microphone hole to near the top left analog stick, although I suppose that could also be a reset pin or something else.

via Retrododo and NotebookCheck

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  1. On YouTube, The Phawx posted a video 3days ago on a device that looks just like this one with the same 1:1 square format. The device he shows is a Powkiddy RGB30

  2. the most unique feature is probably the square screen
    and while that might be useful for some things (like NDS – it’s closer to both screens), it’s probably suboptimal for most things? (what platform of the last 3 decades, apart from nds, has something other than 3/4, 16/9 or 16/10? wider than high just seems sensible)

    so… is this aimed primarily at people wanting to emulate NDS?

    1. The 1 by 1 screen actually ends up having the same usable space for GBA emulation as most 4:3 screens on devices this size. And you get a larger screen for GB, GBC, GG, Neogeo pocket, and Pico 8

      By using an 8:7 ASPECT ratio and integer scaling with overscan, you can fill up most of the screen with a good looking image for SNES and genesis.

      Vertical shooter arcade games via mame are also better on this screen.