A hackable games console, software development device, and even a radio beacon – the ESPboy2 can seemingly do almost anything! Reminiscent of the transparent plastic stylings of the Game Boy – the updated ESPboy2 runs your favourite retro games, analyses WiFi signals, and can download programs directly from an app store.
However, the ESPboy2 starts to distinguish itself from other retro games consoles with its attachable modules and ability to be programmed using C/C++, MicroPython, Arduino IDE, and other languages. It can therefore be used as a prototyping and development platform compatible with a wide range of code libraries!
With add-on modules such as a heart rate monitor, GPS navigator, and a full keyboard – there are many creative coding possibilities to be explored. If you want something totally custom, you could even design your own modules using things like light sensors! It enables you to assemble modules from scratch, with extensive community documentation available – see the product page for details..
The ESPBoy2 is open source, easy to disassemble, portable, and modular – making it perfect for modifications and experimentation. The previous iteration of this device, the ESPboy, has been used to run a wide variety of applications, including the Game Boy emulator shown below;
The ESPboy2 has been upgraded with a clear acrylic case that makes it more polished and hardwearing, with soft tactile switches for the buttons. The programming port is accessible without any disassembly, and the pin headers are written directly on the case – making hacking this device even faster.
A dedicated community has built up, intent on finding new and interesting ways to use this tiny computer. For guidance on getting started with the ESPboy2, the maker recommends that you start here with a detailed setup guide written up by one of their users.
ESPboy is an independent company based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, happy to ship almost anywhere in the world. If you’re looking for a great portable retro gaming console with a lot of hackability, this is it!