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Retro console emulator built into SNES controller

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Reddit user Josh0O0 published the process of collecting the portable version of SNES in the case from the original controller of the set-top box. The handheld LCD console and Raspberry Pi runs on Pinky Pi X.

He used the body of the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System for assembly. As the filling of the console, the craftsman chose a bundle of Raspberry Pi Zero and the Waveshare GamePi 15 module. This module has a display with a diagonal of 1.54 inches and a resolution of 240×240; 12 buttons including XYBA and D-pad; speaker; 3.5mm jack, etc.

The main work was to prepare the body of the SNES gamepad. The author disassembled the controller and, with the help of an engraver, removed all the protruding elements used to fix the motherboard. After that, it was necessary to fit the Raspberry Pi and GamePi to fit. For this, the author cut off various parts of the boards. For example, he removed the volume control from Waveshare and the HDMI port from the Raspberry Pi, and also shortened the GPIO pins.

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The selected display from Waveshare GamePi has the ideal aspect ratio for older games – 4: 3. To connect it, the author had to extend the cable, and cut a hole in the controller case for mounting.

Another big change is the power handling of the portable console. By default, the Waveshare GamePi is powered by a 14500 cylindrical element, which would not fit into a controller case. The author replaced it with a 600 mAh lithium polymer battery. Josh0O0 left a micro-USB connector to charge it.

The author placed all the elements in the controller case, and used the original board to mount the controls, speaker and battery.

For the console to work, the author installed Pinky Pi X with a built-in SNES emulator and a driver for the Waveshare display.

The entire process of creating the console Josh0O0 recorded on video and published on the Restore Technique channel.

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7-inch, 6000 mAh, Raspberry Pi and $560 price at release is the new Creoqode Lyra+ handheld console

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7 inch 6000 mAh Raspberry Pi and 560 price at release

The list of portable game consoles has been expanded with the Creoqode Lyra+ model. This device with a 7-inch QLED IPS touch display and unusual hardware – inside is a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. This means that the console has a 1.5 GHz Broadcom BCM2711 Arm processor, 4 GB of LPDDR4-3200 RAM, as well as support for Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. For data storage, a 32 GB microSD memory card is used, but you can put more.

7 inch 6000 mAh Raspberry Pi and 560 price at release

The console will receive a battery with a capacity of 6000 mAh. It is positioned as a solution for retro games in emulators or for streaming games. Declared support for Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming, you can also stream video from Xbox, PlayStation or PC to the console.

Finally, the console can be used as a general purpose computer for web surfing, media playback, and so on. And with the HDMI port, you can connect an external display.

The novelty is estimated at 380 dollars for the period of crowdfunding, in retail the cost will increase to 560 dollars. Lyra+ will be available in two versions: as a kit for self-assembly and a ready-made version. The release date has not yet been announced.

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Published the first live photo of the virtual reality helmet Sony PlayStation VR2

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Published the first live photo of the virtual reality helmet

The PlayStation VR2 virtual reality helmet has not yet got a release date, but its photo has already appeared on the network. Developers from Bit Planet Games have published a photo of new items. True, then they promptly deleted the photo, but copies have already been distributed over the network.

Published the first live photo of the virtual reality helmet

The new helmet is being created for the PlayStation 5 console, although many hope to be compatible with the PC. The novelty is expected to receive OLED displays with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 per eye, support for HDR, a frequency of 120 Hz and a viewing angle of 110 degrees. The novelty is also credited with eye tracking and a single data and power cable, while the new controllers will receive adaptive triggers and an advanced vibration mechanism.

The new helmet is said to support Horizon Call of the Mountain, No Man’s Sky, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners: Retrebution and Resident Evil Village. Other games are also expected to appear.

There is no exact release date yet, it is assumed that the helmet will appear in the first half of 2023. He is credited with a cost of 400 euros.

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Valve has quietly degraded some Steam Deck, although it claims that gamers will not feel the difference

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Valve has quietly degraded some Steam Deck although it claims

Valve recently announced that it plans to double Steam Deck shipments in the coming months. However, it seems that this may not be to the liking of users. Reportedly, some new 256GB and 512GB storage Steam Deck models will now ship with PCI Express 3.0 x2 SSD instead of PCI Express 3.0 x4. This halves the read and write speed.

Valve has quietly degraded some Steam Deck, although it claims that gamers will not feel the difference

Valve responded to this information and stated that during testing they did not notice any effect on gaming performance. It’s hard to say if this is true yet, but it can be assumed that slower drives will increase the loading time of level games.

It’s funny that this happened in parallel with the company’s statement about why you should not put long SSDs in the console. After all, for this it is necessary to remove the thermal pads, which can lead to overheating of the power system.

To find out which SSD is installed in the console, you need to go to the list of drives and the SSD model will be visible on the right panel. If E13T is not listed in its name, it is most likely a slower version.

Not only Valve creates portable consoles. The Chinese brand Ayaneo is preparing a Next II solution with discrete graphics and powerful processors.

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