The Hyperkin Smartboy turns your Android phone into a full-fledged Game Boy

Warning! Nostalgia overload!Ever dreamed of gambling your vintage recreation Boy games in your fancy new Android cellphone? No, we’re not talking emulators here, we imply bodily cartridges. Yup, you read that proper. At E3 2016, independent video game hardware developer Hyperkin showed off the Smartboy – a device that turns your telephone right into a 20-some thing year old hand held console – and it appears super!

The Smartboy – which turned into first conceived as an April fool’s shaggy dog story – is basically an old game Boy reduce in half. It encases the lower a part of your telephone, supplying the familiar physical controls – an 8-directional D-pad, begin, select and B and A buttons. the edges of the tool, ridged in conventional sport Boy style, are adjustable to accommodate for distinct display sizes. there may be a cartridge slot at the back it really is takes both conventional game Boy and sport Boy color games, and a connector at the bottom. Now, from what can be seen from the authentic press renders, the Smartboy features a micro USB connector. We don’t know what this means for USB kind-C devices and iPhones, however we hope to peer distinct alternatives from Hyperkin. after all, remaining yr the Smartboy idea turned into shown off as an iPhone-compatible device.

At E3, the agency announced that the Smartboy can be first launched as a development kit with the purpose of collaboration with indie builders closer to a patron launch. The improvement kits may be entire with an open source serial app and firmware on the way to enable builders to increase the construct towards a retail-prepared model. Hyperkin is likewise offering a royalty percent for future retail units sold to all and sundry who has contributed to the improvement of the gadget’s committed app and firmware. there’s no word yet on when the dev kits can be available to the general public, and at what fee, but a operating unit changed into confirmed off at E3.

“As retro game enthusiasts ourselves, Hyperkin’s improvement group admires the painstaking efforts of the emulation scene, in addition to the indie recreation improvement network,” said Hyperkin’s product developer Chris Gallizzi. “We need to bridge the distance among the gaming enterprise and the human beings who’ve been retaining obscure, unfashionable and niche gaming alive for the beyond many years.”

The Smartboy is an ambitious system, to mention the least, embodying neo-retro sensibilities in a way we have in no way pretty seen earlier than. it will likely be available in conventional eighty’s grey, however if it catches on – and we are hoping it does – we will in all likelihood see it in different shades as nicely (Atomic red all people?)