Interest check: Group build of a Raspberry Pi handheld gaming console?


Hey folks!

I’ve had a hankerin’ to build a Raspberry Pi based video game console for some time; today I saw a few examples that motivated me to get over the hump enough to post this!

A couple options that look good:

PiGRRL 2 from Adafruit, uses a regular Pi2/3 and a bunch of modular bits wired together.

  • I’d probably go with an alternative case to fit an 18650b cell instead of the 1S Lipo specc’d

Kite’s Circuit Sword uses a Pi Compute Module 3 for the business end and an all-in-one board to do everything else.

Not sure what the cost on these looks like just yet.

WDYT? :slight_smile:


The Circuit Sword will be available to pre-order tomorrow! The first 20 customers to pre-order will receive a free Gametee Hyrulian Forest candle. Experience the enchanted forests of legend…


Kite’s Circuit Sword Pre-Order Thread (#5)


What you get

  • Built-in Raspberry Pi Compute Module slot
  • Built-in USB 2.0 hub
  • Built-in ATMEGA32u4 (for buttons and joysticks)
  • Built-in status LEDs (Power, Charging, WiFi, Pi activity)
  • Built-in 1.5A charger and load balance chip
  • Built-in regulators (1.8v, 3.3v and 5v)
  • Built-in micro SD slot
  • Built-in 2.4W amplifier and headphone jack
  • Built-in mini HDMI for video output
  • Built-in temperature-activated fan
  • Built-in safe shutdown circuit
  • Built-in emergency shutdown circuit
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Built-in full-sized USB port
  • Built-in USB C port
  • Built-in USB audio chip
  • Built-in DPI LCD connector

Accessories (included)

  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite
  • 320x240 LCD
  • Back board (for USB and HDMI)
  • Power switch board
  • 8ohm 2W speaker
  • 30x30mm fan
  • Heatsink
  • Second back board (for additional buttons)
  • Connecting wires (for speaker, joysticks and additional buttons)
  • FPC cable

Circuit Sword + Accessories (included)

640x480 HD LCD + adapter
limited stock available

Back board with volume wheel + cable

So this is around $351.75 CAD, is this a typical price for this sort of project?


I don’t know if it’s typical, but it’s at least double what I’d be willing to pay. :slight_smile:


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