What’s the point of having the world’s largest collection of video games and multiple consoles, including retro boxes, and not being able to play on-the-go, right? Enter Lyra Retro Handheld Game Console. This beautiful portable gaming device from UK company Creoqode lets you take hundreds of super cool arcade games from the 80s and 90s on-the-road and play wherever and whenever you want.
It is powered by Raspberry Pi CM3L and it can be connected to your big screen TV via HDMI for multiple action. On top of that, it is also a pocketable personal computer that you can use to do things like surf the Web, fire off emails, catch a movie or many movies, and even learn about coding. All you have to do is, hook Lyra with a mouse and keyboard, and you are pretty much good to go.
Thanks to the exposed GPIO pads (and by the virtue of it being powered Raspberry Pi CM3L), you have the liberty of connecting up to 8 sensors or electronic gadgets to add new functionalities to it. Furthermore, you can also choose your preferred Operating System (OS) too.
Here’s a rundown of the specs:
• SoC: Broadcom BCM2837BO, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC
• CPU: 1.4 GHz 64-bit quadcore ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
• RAM: 1 GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
• Display: 5.0-inch TFT LCD 800×480 resolution
• Video: DPI Interface & HDMI
• Audio: Integrated speaker, 3.5 mm audio output & HDMI
• USB: Micro USB 2.0
• Memory: 16 GB microSD card, upgradable to any capacity
• Battery: 3,000 mAh lithium polymer
Lyra Retro Handheld Game Console is available pre-assembled as an RTG (Ready-To-Go) model or as an all hands on deck DIY kit. Creoqode is, btw, no green horn on making hackable gadgets. It has 4 Kickstarter campaigns (5, including Lyra) under its belt. Of which, 3 had been successfully funded.
If you are enamored by the prospect pitched by Lyra, you may want to consider backing the campaign to secure a unit. It is also helpful that Lyra is not awfully pricey. It is going at 30 percent off its RRP, at 149 English money (about US$185) for the DIY unit and £179 (approximately US$223) for the RTG model.
At the time of this post, the campaign is 126 percent funded which means the product is a go. That said, if all goes as planned, you should be expecting Lyra Retro Handheld Game Console at your doorstep sometime in December 2019. Continue reading to catch the product pitch video to learn more.
All images courtesy of Creoqode.