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Hi, so I bought a pocketchip just to run pico8 and i was a bit disapointed that it doesn't run near as well as i expected (stutters, slows down, etc).

Are you guys aware of something else? I love the concept of the arduboy which dedicates 100% of its very limited resources to the game it runs. I'd love something like that but for the pico8, or at least as close as possible (maybe a super light distro that boots straight in pico8 with all 'extras' removed?

Thank you.

P#43617 2017-08-25 18:16 ( Edited 2017-11-17 20:15)

This guy is doing a tiny portable with a Pi Zero:

I agree a semi-official, hopefully-portable Pico-8 "real" console would be the bomb!

P#43618 2017-08-25 18:48 ( Edited 2017-08-25 22:48)

yeah i've seen that one, i was praying for one with a keyboard though so i can edit on the fly. Oh well. might build it myself. I wonder if it's financially viable, i might KS it as a side project

P#43694 2017-08-28 07:23 ( Edited 2017-08-28 11:23)

My dream would be the PocketCHIP but with a keyboard that could fold over the screen, and with really usable keys (the current ones are barely usable). That would make one hell of a portable dev tool.

I had a glance at the keyboard to guess how it could be separated from the screen, but the keyboard circuit itself is hidden between 2 boards. I know nothing about electronics, but I was already looking for a cigar box to add a nice retro touch for what could have been the warmest and smelliest mini laptop.

Anyway, making Pico-8 dev on the PocketCHIP is nice with an external keyboard and the Lego stand I made, but I wish there was a way to take apart its screen, Chip, and keyboard to build a seriously sexy pico laptop!

P#43697 2017-08-28 08:06 ( Edited 2017-08-28 20:59)

Totally agree with what ElGregos said - folding design, to protect the (ideally "touch") screen and make it pocket-able.

I would just wish for something more powerful than the Chip, as I don't think it can run some "demanding" PICO-8 games at full speed/60fps

(I'm looking at you Rez & Krajzeg! ;oP )

P#43698 2017-08-28 08:13 ( Edited 2017-08-28 12:13)

I love my pocket chip. I love it's ... roughness. You can imagine it being a prop from a cyberpunk story written in the 1980s or early 1990s.

However, all that said. I'm more and more tempted to make something along these lines :


Or even just buy one of these :


P#43700 2017-08-28 10:12 ( Edited 2017-08-28 14:12)
:: ltpitt

Raspiboy is a jewel...
Since I like fiddling with electronics I am building a Gameboy Zero and one of its main tasks will be PICO-8 :)

P#43852 2017-09-01 17:47 ( Edited 2017-09-01 21:47)

lpttit: thanks for the tip on raspi boy. Seems like a good project and not too hard to put together.

P#43878 2017-09-02 16:36 ( Edited 2017-09-02 20:36)

Just found out today about mintyPi:

Looks like a very interesting project, having a pico-8 handheld in an Altoids tin box sounds dreamy.

But it definitely also looks very time consuming to find all the parts and do everything right.

P#43974 2017-09-06 23:06 ( Edited 2017-09-07 03:06)

I've been following Sudomod's MintyPi for about a year (since his original "rough" version).
The new version looks brilliant - just a shame that it'd...

  • cost a lot to get the parts to the UK (I don't have a 3D printer), and
  • looks quite tricky to build (I doubt I could solder "well" if I my life depended on it!) :D
P#43977 2017-09-07 01:51 ( Edited 2017-09-07 05:51)
:: matt

PIOCKET looks interesting. He seems to be working on a keyboard?

P#44043 2017-09-10 07:03 ( Edited 2017-09-10 11:03)
:: ltpitt
P#46366 2017-11-16 09:20 ( Edited 2017-11-16 14:20)

My ears are burning! Pi0CKET is my project.

I am working on my keyboard project ATM, but I have a pico-8 based project on the sidelines too

The link above for the vmu conversion is awesome too. Kite is a legend! 😁

P#46386 2017-11-16 17:23 ( Edited 2017-11-16 22:23)
:: ltpitt

Great job! :D

Any 3d print case for Pi0CKET?

P#46403 2017-11-17 03:18 ( Edited 2017-11-17 08:18)

Well TinyPi has a nice skinny case. My keyboard project is still naked. Trying to get it working properly first. I might try and get some prototypes in some hands and get help refining it 😁

P#46422 2017-11-17 15:15 ( Edited 2017-11-17 20:15)

I developed the PI-XO open hardware, as low cost solution. It's based on Raspberry Pi Zero.
Includes display, mono audio with speaker, GPIO ...


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