StonedEge and Dmcke5 have come up with an incredibly well-designed Raspberry Pi CM4 handheld console that looks like a Nintendo Switch Lite “clone”, and that can run Dreamcast and PSP emulators at full speed using RetroPie.
The RetroLite CM4 The design includes a 5-inch display, speakers, all buttons, joysticks, and D-PAD controlled via a custom Arduino board, a micro HDMI port to connect an external display, and a 4000 mAh LiPo battery charged over the USB Type-C port, and it seems to work, albeit we are told there’s still some more work to do.
RetroLite CM4 specifications include:
- Linux capable SoM – Raspberry Pi CM4 Lite module with custom copper heatsink and fan
- Storage – MicroSD card slot
- All-on-one PCB with Arduino for inputs, TI bq24292i for battery management controlled via a PIC16F15234 MCU, and backlight boost converter circuitry
- Display – ~5-inch LCD IPS screen
- Audio – Stereo speakers
- User inputs
- Dual Switch Joysticks
- Resin Cast buttons and D-Pad
- Video Output – HDMI output
- USB – USB-C port for charging (STUSB4500)
- Battery – 4,000 mAh lithium polymer cell
- Material – Anodized aluminum housing
The design is not open source yet, but StonedEdge says they may release the file and make it available as a kit once the design is complete. The logo is also too similar to the actual Nintendo Switch logo, not to say exactly the same, so this would have to be removed, and the enclosure design may also have to be tweaked in order to avoid potential legal issues.
If you are interested in following the development process for the Raspberry Pi CM4 handheld console from the start of the project on October 2020 to the latest updates you can do so on BitBuilt and/or Raspberry Pi forums.
Via Tom’s Hardware
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.