The GameBoy Pocket stays among the best-designed pieces of mobile video gaming set ever in my viewpoint, which is why I was captivated by the BittBoy, a brand-new third-party portable console that plainly owes a great deal of motivation to the GameBoy. The small portable packs a library of “ 300 ” video games integrated, controls that will feel familiar to any Nintendo fan, a battery you can charge through microUSB and a 2.2-inch IPS display screen.
First, let’ s get to the highlights: This thing is very little. It’ s just about 2.5 by 4 inches, and it’ ll quickly slip into practically any pocket. The battery likewise appears to last rather a while, even though it’ s just 500 mAh; I ’ ve played for rather a couple of hours on a single charge without diminishing it.
That screen is likewise respectable, specifically when compared with the screens of real retro consoles. There are some concerns with colors being rendered unusual, however that’ s the emulation software application, not the display screen itself, as those color curiosities rollover to TELEVISION output, too.
Speaking of TELEVISION output, that’ s another strength — it ships with an easy small stereo to RCA AV out, which can plug into any TELEVISION with among those yellow round video inputs. It works, though the cable television is rather brief and the image flickers a bit if there’ s much cable television play, however it was available in helpful when hanging out in a hotel and trying to find something to do to pass a long time.
The BittBoy’ s greatest strength is its capability to go anywhere while using up practically no area in your set, or including any weight to your luggage. It’ s so light you may in fact forget you’ re bring it, as I have on celebration prior to clearing my pockets. The buttons and case, while not the most glamorous sensation on the planet, likewise look like they can take a reasonable quantity of abuse prior to breaking down.
BittBoy’ s weak points are most likely in its software application library: It uses “ 300-in-1 ” video games, however you most likely aren’ t going to wish to play the majority of them. Plus, they’ re replicated NES titles, so you need to be all right with that legal gray location.
There ’ s plenty enough there to sustain the attention of retro video gaming fans, nevertheless– specifically at$39.99, the list price of BittBoy. If you ’ re hoping to broaden the library with your own software application, look somewhere else, because there ’ s a microSD-looking slot on leading however it ’ s not practical.
Bottom line: This is an enjoyable equipping stuffer or add-on present for the passionate retro player in your life, and something that you can generally stick in a routinely utilized knapsack as an enjoyable surprise you can re-discover on long commutes or while taking a trip.