The Pocket-Sized PICOmputer Puts Classic Eight-Bit Gaming in the Palm of Your Hand

The Raspberry Pi Pico port of Jean-Marc Harvengt's microcontroller-focused MCUME emulator brings vintage gaming to the PICOmputer.

Gareth Halfacree
3 months agoRetroTech

Engineer Peter "Bobricius" Misenko has showcased how his pocket-sized PICOmputer, powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico, can let you take classic gaming on-the-go through the power of emulation.

First unveiled earlier this year as the precursor to a Raspberry Pi Pico reimagining of the Armachat secure communications terminal, the PICOmputer takes Raspberry Pi's RP2040-based microcontroller development board and sandwiches it in a PCB with QWERTY keyboard and compact display.

Coupled with a directional pad to the bottom-right, that's everything you need for playing a range of classic games — and it's this functionality Misenko has sought to showcase in a new video.

The Raspberry Pi Pico-powered PICOmputer has a new trick: Vintage gaming. (📹: Peter Misenko)

Using Jean-Marc Harvengt's MCUME, the Multi Computer Machine Emulator, Misenko has got the PICOmputer playing games from Sinclair's ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64, the Atari family, and more — described as "my dream come to reality," putting a number of still-popular eight-bit computers in his pocket.

With the concept proven, Misenko's already got an idea for an upgrade: "I need [to] work on XL version," he explains, "with bigger display."

The video has been published to Misenko's YouTube channel.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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