Raspberry Pi Powered Handheld Retro Games Console Project

I’ve been thinking about building a handheld Raspberry Pi powered retro games console for a while. There are quite a few commercially available packages such as the ones featured below, but by the time you’ve added all the components together you end up paying around £100.

My objective is to try to keep the cost as low as possible while still creating a high quality games console. To make the project more interesting as far as possible I’m not going to use off-the-shelf modules such as audio amplifiers and battery control circuits. Instead I’ll be creating my own circuit designs and then integrating those onto my own printed circuit boards. I’ll also be designing my own case to house the project which I’ll make on my 3D printer.

This will no doubt take much longer to put together but I think it will be a worthwhile project both in terms of ending up with a great little handheld retro games machine, but also in learning more about how all these modules work and how they can be interfaced with the Raspberry Pi.

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Raspberry Pi I2S Sound – Add Digital Sound Output to Your Raspberry Pi

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Overclock Your Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W – RetroPie at 1.4 GHz

Get RetroPie running On The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W at 1.4 GHz