Creoqode announces Lyra+, a DIY Raspberry Pi CM4-based handheld gaming console focused on remote play

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Creoqode, the company behind the DIY handheld gaming device Pyxa, is back with another device: the Lyra+. Powered by the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 that incorporates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor, they're calling it "most advanced Raspberry Pi-based handheld game console ever made". The Lyra+ features a 7" QLED IPS display with capacitive touch screen, stereo speakers, dual rumble motors and a symmetrical layout of its face buttons. More specs details can be found below:
  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4-based system
  • BCM2711 quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 @ 1.5GHz
  • 4GB RAM LPDDR4-3200
  • 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • 7" QLED IPS Touch Screen
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 6000 mAh Battery
  • 32 GB Storage (Upgradeable to any size)

With these specs, the Lyra+ doesn't seem to want to go head-to-head against full-blown handheld gaming PCs like the Steam Deck, but rather a major marketing aspect that Creoqode is putting forward is the focus on remote play. The device runs on the official Raspberry Pi OS and supports Steam Link, Moonlight and PS Remote Play for game streaming. Cloud gaming through Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Stadia is also an option. Given that the Lyra+ is a Raspberry Pi system, Retropie is an option for retro gaming offline.

Like Creoqode's previous devices, the Lyra+ will be offered as either a DIY version (no soldering or special skills required and it takes up to 15 minutes to complete) and an assembled and tested model. A shipping date have yet to be announced but the Lyra+ will launch through an upcoming Kickstarter campaign and interested gamers can reserve their unit for £299 (35% off the MSRP). Caution is advised with crowdfunding projects but Creoqode seems to have delivered on its previous campaigns. How the Lyra+ will fare remains to be seen given the growing number of options for handheld gaming but given this device's focus on remote play, it could accommodate for a niche.

:arrow: Lyra+ Kickstarter Campaign
:arrow: Lyra+ Official website
 

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Who dafuq in their right minds goes into buying a handheld w/ the explicit goal/intention of only game streaming while simultaneously using a Raspberry Pi to do it? 🙄😒🤦🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️😅😆😂
 

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Raspberry Pi projects always end up costing more than an equivalent off-the-shelf solution. Kits that use Raspberry Pi doubly so. This thing will retail at £460? $550? For what? Games you can run on a $50 handheld, or the ability to play your PC/console games on a smaller screen and a crappier gamepad? Can't wait.
 
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For a price point like this, you could get a decent android tablet and just connect a controller

Bigger screen + better performance and more uses for the device other than remote play
I was thinking the exact same thing. Mind you, the system does look really nice, but at that price point, a decent android tablet will do the same thing and with a bigger screen. It won't be with integrated controls of course.
 

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Im sorry but why did they think this would be a good idea to sell like this? It's a RPi4 pre-assembled in a custom case. I can probably build one myself if I gave half a goddamn about the idea.

Rather than trying to sell premade models for a price that is laughable, what about just selling the parts/prefab mats so you could build your own or even replace/upgrade your kit/parts instead? A modular, repairable and upgradable open source handheld system platform would be FAR more appealing than this. Also much cheaper to produce parts for and sell. That is literally the only reason why this would be a good idea to make happen with an RPi platform.
 
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