Some may think video games and the cult following of games started with the advent of Xbox and PlayStation and before them there was zero. But that’s not true as many of you may have used cartridges to play video games. Those were the time when you would not need Giga Bytes of download to update and play a game on your console, some pretty nice times those were.
Boy! How we love old things when they are not here, some of the people here would have sometimes wished to play your favourite game one more time on Game Boy and Game Boy Color. So to bring back the joy for the older generation and a totally new experience for the new generation Hyperkin is making a device which will allow you to run old Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges on your Android devices.
The new device will fit over the bottom part of Android phone and will add tactile buttons alongside D-pad. The top part of the phone screen is free to play the game, while the cartridge slots in the back, the device will be able to run games of both NTSC and PAL regions. The company has released the device as a developer kit and can be pre-ordered from company’s website for $59.99, with the device expected to be shipping from December this year.
Since the device release is as developer kit, it comes with open source serial app and firmware. The company is expecting people to work with the device and improve with the build before the launch of the product at retails. Hyperkin is offering royalty percentage for sales of the device to anyone who works on advancing the current firmware. With this royalty scheme, the company hopes to bring developers to its platform since they are most crucial for the success of any new device. The actual working of the software for the device is not known as of now.
— Hyperkin (@Hyperkin) June 15, 2015
The device is currently compatible with Android KitKat 4.4.4, will there be an iOS device can’t say for sure but the idea seems pretty different. The device is compatible with GB and GBC cartridges with double-sided micro USB port. Smart Boy development kit would be compatible with device sizes from 5”~ 6”. It remains to be seen of the device will be able to succeed against the current generation of gaming consoles, but who knows retro things are always the in thing.