Retro handheld video game consoles are all the rage these days. They’re portable, and are able to play the kinds of games that were popular in the ’80s. These usually come in one of two flavors: large, comfortable designs with long battery life, or tiny and ultra-portable.
PocketStar is the latter, and is just about as small as a handheld console can get while still being usable. The adorable little device measures just 50x30x10 mm—smaller than a standard Tic Tac container. But, it’s still large enough to be playable, and powerful enough to play real games.
Packed inside the PocketStar’s itty bitty case is the same processor found on the Arduino Zero. That’s paired with a .95" color OLED screen with a resolution of 96x64 pixels. The battery is a rechargable 150mAh unit that should provide 2–3 hours of gameplay.
A selection of games are already under development. And, because the PocketStar is using the same Microchip ATSAMD21G18 as the Arduino Zero, you and the community can easily program new games and apps with the Arduino IDE. PocketStar will be on Kickstarter until February 22nd, and backers can snag one at about $50 for delivery in May.