What’s old is new again. At least, that seems to be the case in the world of video games, where retro video games are more popular than ever.
A company at the forefront of this retro gaming revolution is 8BCraft. It has already successfully launched two classic game products in the Raspiboy and RetroStone, and now the team is back again with the RetroStone 2. For anyone who loves playing retro games, this portable console is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
What Is the RetroStone 2?
The RetroStone 2 takes full advantage of the power of Retropie. Obviously, that means you’re going to downloading and running ROMs and emulators in order to play games. Make sure you’re aware of the laws for downloading and using ROMs in your area, as they vary from country to country.
Because the console is designed to be played on the go, it comes with a built-in 3.5-inch screen. But what makes it really cool is the HDMI port, which means you easily plug your console into the big screen and play your favorite classics. There’s also an ethernet port, three USB ports, and a microSD card slot.
It also has all of the necessary buttons to play your favorite games from a wide range of consoles. On the front, there’s a d-pad, four face buttons, a start, and a select button. On the back of the console are four additional buttons that’ll be necessary for games on consoles like the SNES, PS1, and any newer system.
As for the internals, there’s a single-board computer that features an A20 processor with two cores pushing 1.0GHz of power. There’s also 1GB of RAM. There are stretch goals for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at €100,000 and €150,000, respectively.
If you spend the extra money on a Pro version, you’ll get 8GB of built-in memory, a SATA m.2 connector, a joystick connector, and a 64GB SD card.
Here are some other things to note about the RetroStone 2:
- Removable 4000 mAh battery
- 640X480 resolution display
- Built-in speaker
- 3.5mm headphone jack
RetroStone 2 Price and Availability
8BCraft is seeking funding for its RetroStone 2 on Kickstarter. It has vastly exceeded its funding goal already, so the old-school games console should find its way to market.
If you’re interested in preordering the console, you can do so for €129 (about US$144). The company expects to deliver the devices in December 2019, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on one.
Even though this particular company has already delivered products to buyers, there are still risks involved in backing any crowdfunding campaign, and you should make yourself aware of these before you spend your hard-earned cash.