Retro Pixel Pocket
Image: Funnyplaying

Funnyplaying, the company behind various Game Boy-related upgrade kits and accessories, took everyone by surprise recently by launching its highly anticipated handheld, the Retro Pixel Pocket, pretty much without warning (thanks RetroDodo for the spot!).

The Game Boy Pocket-style device went on sale recently for $79.90 (a reduction from its base price of $99) and has already sold out unfortunately. We're certain, however, that more units are on the way, with the store page encouraging those interested to sign up to its mailing list for updates, and RetroDodo sharing an image of the box sourced from the Discord user WebandMe that teases more colours beyond the "SFC grey" included in its first run. These will include blonde, deep blue, Game Boy grey, white & red, and black & green.

The Pixel Pocket is an Android-based emulation device and, as RetroDodo reports, contains an Allwinner A64 SoC, which features a Quad-Core Cortex-A53 ARM CPU, and a Mali400 MP2 GPU. Considering what's powering it and the design of the handheld and its button configuration, it looks best suited to playing earlier generations of games for classic machines like the NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Sega Game Gear, and Neo Geo Pocket.

Here are some of its features taken from the store page:

  • 3-Inch 720x720 Laminated Screen, Perfect Simulation of Retro Game Display
  • 3000 mAh Lithium Battery
  • 1 GBit LPDDR3
  • 8 Gbit EMMC Supports TF Expansion
  • 2 W High-Resolution Speaker
  • Support More Shell and Button Color Options
  • Support WiFi Synchronous Game Cover, Introduction.

As mentioned, it's sold out now, but you can sign up for Funnyplaying's mailing list here to keep up to date with when it comes back in stock. We'll also try and keep you updated ourselves, should we hear anything.

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