It is quite unbelievable how retro gaming gets smaller and smaller.  First, we had systems around the size of a Gameboy.  Then, new ideas just kept coming out and trying to get to more portable gaming with hundreds of emulators in one system.

But now, there is the PocketSprite.  A system so small, it literally fits in the palm of your hand.

 

PocketSprite is the world’s smallest playable emulation device. Ultraportable and ultraplayable, it is instant access to gaming classics, emulating Gameboy Color, Gameboy Classic, Master System and Game Gear and other platforms.

Features & Specifications

Dimensions 55 x 32 x 14 mm
Processor ESP32 dual-core 240 MHz MCU
Storage 128 MBit flash, 520 KB RAM, 448 KB ROM
Enclosure Injection molded ABS with soft-touch finish and screen filter
Buttons Injection molded ABS and tactile click: power, A, B, start, select, game pad
Display OLED screen, 25 x 22 mm, 96 x 64 px, cropped to 5:4 ratio, 60+ FPS
Audio 13 mm mono speaker
Wireless Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy
Battery Internal Li-ion battery gives hours of gameplay and months of standby
Recharging via Micro USB port, cable included
Packaging Collector’s storage box (95 x 60 x 34 mm) and printed quick-start instructions
Emulators GNUBoy for Game Boy & Game Boy Color, SMS Plus for Sega Master System & Game Gear
Documentation https://pocketsprite.com and https://github.com/PocketSprite
Easter Eggs They’re there, you just need to find them.

It’s been engineered to be highly playable, easy to use, easy to update, with pick-up-where-you-left- off functionality.

More than a gimmick – each device is a high-quality, hand-assembled, precision-engineered device providing a full featured emulation platform that fits on your keyring.

For Gamers, it’s a way to relive retro gaming. For hardware hackers, an Open Source development platform. For coders, it’s the perfect device to write and play games for a world-wide audience.

The company was founded in late 2016, after Jeroen Domburg, aka. Sprite_tm built the device as proof-of-concept. This miniscule device captured the hearts of many people, and also netted him a Guinness World Record.

PocketSprite was formed as a team of four with the aim of transforming the prototype into a device that anyone could enjoy.

The company is headquartered in Hong Kong, and the team have diverse backgrounds:

  • –  Jeroen Domburg: Inventor, hacker, engineer – Shanghai and Europe
  • –  Steve Benson: Project management – Europe
  • –  Sandy Liao: Promotion, media creation – Taiwan
  • –  Will Sun: Assembly, electronics production – Hong KongCollectively, the team has over 30 years of experience with engineering, manufacturing, logistics and promotion, resulting in a truly professional product.

Their goal was set for $20,000 and they have 40 days left.  As of right now, they are at $44,500 which means that the project is funded and the anticipated shipping date for all funders is May 15, 21018.

For more information, visit https://www.crowdsupply.com/teampocket/pocketsprite

 

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