Hyperkin announces the Ultra GameBoy

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Hyperkin, a company reknown for making reproduction consoles like the Retron, have revealed their latest project; the Ultra GameBoy. Announced officially at CES 2018, the Ultra GameBoy sports an aluminum body, as opposed to the original GameBoy's plastic chassis, and most importantly, it has a backlit display.

Both original GameBoy and GameBoy Color cartridges will work with the system, and the handheld will include a lithium ion battery which can last up to six hours. That means no more having to deal with AA batteries! There will be a USB-C port as well, to charge the unit. Lastly, it'll feature stereo speakers on the unit, compared to the original GameBoy's mono speaker. Hyperkin claims that this is to allow chiptune musicians to use the system to create music.

The Ultra GameBoy is scheduled to release "later this summer", for a price of $100.

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GB Boy Colour(by kong feng) is a fraction of the price and does the same thing? There are various versions of it, some with built in battery, link cable support, built in games, great build quality etc
 
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Absolutely pointless without a slot for removable storage for rom play. Like the design but that could be imitated to house a rpi nano with screen and controls but with rom support too.
 
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is this a software based emulation? or a reproduction of the original hardware? wouldn't be surprised if this is just a dumbed down android machine

Agreed. If the innards are reproed with the same degree of care shown with the chassis, it's a buy for me. But if it's just all pretty cosmetics with a dumbed down android machine like all the rest, then pass.
 
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In 1989, the original gameboy cost $89 at launch. Factoring in inflation and discounting the need for original r&d/platform dev/library/etc.. , this repro with an aluminium chassis at $100 today sounds fair.
I can go to a yard sale and pick up a gameboy color for $5. I fail to see the value of this product.
 
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is this a software based emulation? or a reproduction of the original hardware? wouldn't be surprised if this is just a dumbed down android machine
Their other products generally used an "on-a-chip" design, where the hardware would directly emulate the target system's hardware with no other OS overhead to go through, a bit like how those plug and play consoles that have NES or SNES games work.

Assuming this is anything like their other products, it's likely the same thing, so no actual OS is running. It's kind of like a combination of hardware clone and software emulation, without technically being one or the other. This generally means compatibility is pretty good, but it's probably not 100%, more like 98% or so.

As to the news, it's a nice price for a backlit GB Pocket I suppose, but I dunno if I'd buy one.
 
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Oh that looks pretty nice actually. I kind of hope where would be some kind of skin or something because I don't really like holding bare metal for a longtime.
 

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