Over the years, the world has seen several different iterations of Nintendo’s iconic Gameboy handheld system. Now, a new iteration of the console has been added to the mix in the form of a tiny keychain-sized device: the PocketSprite.
Originally designed by Jeroen Domburg and in partnership with manufacturer Steven K., the independently created PocketSprite is a crowdfunded fully-functioning Gameboy-inspired device, whose size also allows it to serve as a keychain.
Despite aiming to emulate hardware that is decades old, the PocketSprite contains several features that many have grown accustomed to in modern devices, such as an OLED screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a rechargeable battery, and a built-in speaker.
The PocketSprite runs off of a dual-core, 240 MHz ESP32 chip and 520 KB of RAM and is presently able to emulate Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Sega Master System and Game Gear titles. Games are added through the use of a local Wi-Fi network, which allows users to connect to a computer and upload games to the device through a web interface. The device makes use of open source software, meaning that users are able to upload anything they would like to it (provided that they have the know-how.)
Those interested in purchasing this excessively portable handheld console can do so by pledging on the PocketSprite Crowd Supply page, where early-bird pricing is currently $45. There are two versions of the device available for purchase: a fully-assembled model and a DIY model, which gives users the added benefit of building the unit themselves.
It is interesting to note that the PocketSprite is not the first keychain-sized Gameboy-inspired device to be made available for purchase. Currently, competitors include the PocketStar (which is also being crowdfunded), the Arduboy, and the Bitboy Mini NES Handheld, proving that there must be some type of market for such products.
While some will definitely struggle to see the appeal of a rather pricey Gameboy-inspired keychain (even if it is fully-functional), there is no questioning that the concept at least is very interesting, to say the least.
Source: The Verge