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Waveshare Game Hat review

Best DIY portable console

If IKEA made game consoles it would be Waveshare Game Hat. Some assembly required, but you can get it working in 10 minutes without any special skills. And no soldering!

After that, you've got all possibilities of standard Raspberry Pi (which are endless) in portable factor. Besides playing games, you could easily install Kodi, and watch videos and Youtube. And list of compatible games goes far beyond console emulators. How about Doom or Fallout?

Because this is standard Raspberry Pi running Linux, not custom chip. As you probably know Raspberry Pi 3 can handle 1080 movies and PSX games without any issues.

Awesome.

Case

Device is pretty solid even without a case. You can 3D print one if you want. Currently there are two options:

  • Simple case
    • Looks a bit bulky
    • Author also suggest to solder on DPad instead of Joystick, but you can put it without any modifications
  • Elegant case
    • You console will look like finished, factory made and user friendly product
    • Download of model costs 7 bucks (in addition to price of 3d printing)
    • [Optional] Author says you will need to get Adafruit silicone buttons or (cheap alternative from Ebay) and solder them in instead of existing ones, but I've used 3d printed case without any modifications and it fitted ok
    • Model also contains limiter for joystick, which makes handling better
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Gamehat 3D printed case

Battery

I bought Keeppower 18650 Protected Battery, with 3.7v, 15A, 3000mAh for 10€. Works good, last around 3 hours. You can buy more expensive battery with higher mAh. Or if you feel adventurous try cheaper battery with risk of explosion.

Alternatives

This fills void left after Dingoo A320. Raspberry Pi is standard de facto, and has much better compatibility/support than any other alternatives:

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