Learn game design with a console you build for $110
Portable Games is not limited to your phone or a switch. You can build your own retro console with ByteBoi, a DIY game console. Funded on Kickstarter, this programmable handheld is part gaming device, part educational tool, and it’s on sale for $109.99 (Reg. $119).
CircuitMess, the creators of MAKERbuino, recently released the ByteBoi. This streamlined 8-bit gaming device is open source and fully customizable. You can code for it in Make Code Arcade, create new games or design brand new features.
The first thing ByteBoi does is teach you or your favorite young engineer how to assemble a gaming device. It comes completely disassembled, so assembling the ByteBoi requires careful attention to detail. It also lets you do some soldering, and the assembly process leaves plenty of room for customization. Don’t like the buttons that go with it? Print new ones!
The ByteBoi kit comes with a sturdy acrylic case, all the small components you need to assemble it, a powerful Li-Po battery and an instruction booklet because this is a learning opportunity, not a puzzle. A USB-C port for charging and a Micro SD slot for storage or file transfers.
After assembling the device itself, you can start playing pre-made games, connect directly to the Internet, or start coding your own games. You can even animate characters and simulate physics in the games you design. The ByteBoi is small but mighty compared to its mobile predecessors.
If you like what you’ve created, download it and brag to the growing community of ByteBoi users, or connect to a huge network of DIY gamers. You can get a taste of it by checking out the development process of the ByteBoi itself!
Build the game and the console it is played on. Get the ByteBoi: Advanced DIY Game Console while it’s on sale for $109.99 (Reg. $119). And if you want another way to make a game, check out this LEGO set for Horizon: Forbidden West.
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