ODROID-GO is an Arduino Compatible, ESP32 based Portable Gaming Console Kit

When I first saw Hardkernel made ODROID-GO portable gaming console, I immediately thought they did a Linux device ala PocketCHIP, since so far the company has only designed Android & Linux development board.

But ODROID-GO game console is actually based on Espressif ESP32 WiSoC,  programmable with the Arduino IDE, and launched to celebrate Hardkernel’s 10-year anniversary.

ODROID-GO

ODROID-GO specifications:

ODROID-GO Block Diagram
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  • SoC – Custom ESP32-WROVER module with ESP32 SoC @ up to 240 MHz, 16 MB Flash, and 4MP PSRAM
  • Storage – micro SD card slot connected via SPI
  • Display –  2.4″ 320×240 TFT LCD (SPI)
  • Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz – 2.5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 BR/EDR, BLE
  • Speaker – 0.5Watt 8Ω Mono
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for charging (500mA) and USB-UART communication
  • Expansion Port – 10-pin header with  I2C, GPIO, IRQ at 3.3Volt
  • Misc – Buttons: Menu, Volume, Select, Start, A, B, Direction Pad
  • Battery –  3.7V/1,200mAh Li-Polymer good for up to 10 hours of continuous game playing timeThe game console does not come assembled however in order to server as an educational tool as well.
ODROID-GO Kit
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The kit shown above includes the following items:

  • ODROID-GO board
  • Front & back enclosures
  • 2.4″LCD module + LCD window
  • 4 button rubber , 2 button rubber, 2x 2 button rubber, button set
  • 8Ohm 0.5W speaker
  • 1x 10pin male header
  • 10x screws
  • Micro USB cable
  • 1,200mAh Li-ion battery

You’ll find instructions, and the complete technical details about the board including schematics, and Arduino documentation in the Wiki. You’ll also learn how to prepare a micro SD card to run the emulator for Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and SEGA Master System.

ODROID-GO Arduino Programming

It’s not all about gaming though, as you can leverage the 10-pin header to use the kit as an Arduino development board with built-in display.

ODROID-GO game kit is sold for $32 plus shipping on Hardkernel store.

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