This one goes out to folks who can’t get enough of retro games. What you see here is an upcoming handheld retro gaming console called microByte. The device will let you play games from NES, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, Game Gear, and Sega Master System.
microByte is true to its namesake: it is very micro. It measures just 7.8 x 4 x 1.7 cm (3.1 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches!). That’s no longer than a grown man’s index finger, btw – if anyone need a perspective on small it is.
Notwithstanding its miniature stature, it comes with all the controls found on regular size portable gaming devices, including a D-pad, A-B-X-Y buttons, shoulder triggers and all. Well, albeit that it (the controls) taking up 2/3 of the device and leaving you with a very, very tiny display.
The display is a 1.3-inch back lit, color IPS display with 240 x 240 resolution. Yes. It really minuscule. I bet it will feel like playing game on a smartwatch, except that this one isn’t wearable and has actual control buttons.
It is worthy to mention that microByte is more than just a handheld retro gaming console. It can help in designing games, building a WiFi or Bluetooth traffic analyzer, and can be rigged to monitor a home automation system, control robots, display sensor data and more.
Other spec sheet details include an ESP32 Wrover E processor (dual core, I believe), 8 MB RAM, 16 MB flash storage, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth antenna, onboard speaker with built-in amplifier, and a microSD card slot.
microByte Handheld Retro Gaming Console will hitting up geek-focused crowd funding platform, Crowd Supply, soon. If you like to pick one up, be sure to sign up to be notified when the project goes live.
Images: Crowd Supply (microByte).