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The build-it-yourself Raspberry Pi-powered portable gaming platform!
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PiPlay Portable
PiPlay Portable

The PiPlay Portable is a gaming system kit that you build yourself.  Based around a Raspberry Pi Zero, the PiPlay Portable brings tons of awesome retro gaming right to your pocket.  Designed over the past year, we are proud to present this device to the public.

All you need to build the kit is some basic soldering skills.  The components plug right into the soldered headers that you install.  It also means you can remove and upgrade components as they become available.

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PiPlay Portable PCB - Custom made 2 layer PCB
2.4" SPI TFT
AA Battery Pack  - 2 AA batteries provide ~3 hours of run-time.
12mm Buttons - 12 buttons provide all the controls needed for numerous gaming systems.
Headphone Jack - Portable tunes.

Playable Game Systems

The PiPlay Portable is powered by Retropie which includes:

  • MAME / Arcade
  • SNES
  • Genesis
  • NES
  • GameBoy / Color / Advance
  • PlayStation 1
  • and many more!

PiPLAY Portable Kit ($35 early bird / $49)

One build it yourself PiPlay Portable kit. Includes:

  • PiPlay Portable PCB
  • Screen
  • Battery Pack
  • Buttons
  • Headphone Jack and Resistors
  • Standoffs
  • and Headers

All you need to add is your Raspberry Pi Zero and SD Card.

PiPLAY Portable Special Edition ($100)

Includes everything above and includes a laser cut case and special black PCB with custom silkscreen. 

Complete Pre Built PiPlay Portable ($150)

Everything above, completely soldered, pre-built and tested for you.  Includes Raspberry Pi Zero and pre made SD card (games not included).

 We are Shea Silverman and Jacob Bates.

Shea is a member of FamiLAB (Orlando's Makerspace), works in online learning, and is a major DIY maker.  He has exhibited at Maker Faire Orlando for the past 4 years, and has helped to create all manner of gaming software for the Raspberry Pi.

Jacob is a Computer Engineer, gamer, and technology enthusiast who also works in online learning.  He enjoys crafting, whether it's with a sewing machine, soldering iron, or band saw.  His current obsessions are VR and 3D printers. 

This will be our 3rd Kickstarter.  In the past 3 years we have developed the PiPLAY software and Deskcade hardware, and successfully shipped them to our backers.

 We have presented at Maker Faire Orlando and the Orlando Science Center

Risks and challenges

This is our 3rd Kickstarter. Our last 2 were successfully backed, and we were able to manufacture and ship our backers items.

We have already sourced the materials and found our PCB supplier.

Our biggest concern is a shortage of parts, but as most of these items are fairly standard, we should be able to find alternate suppliers.

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    Thank you so much for your support! Your name (or handle) will be put on our supporters page for all to see!

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    PiPlay Portable Kit

    One build it yourself PiPlay Portable kit. Includes PiPlay Portable PCB, Screen, Battery Pack, Buttons, and Sticker. Just add Raspberry Pi Zero.

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    Special Edition PiPlay Portable Kit

    Special Edition build it yourself PiPlay Portable kit. Includes Black PiPlay Portable PCB with limited edition silkscreen, Display, Battery Pack, Buttons, Sticker, and Laser Cut Case. Just add Raspberry Pi Zero.

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    Complete Pre Built PiPlay Portable

    One completely built ready to go PiPlay Portable console. Includes Raspberry Pi Zero.

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    Early Bird - PiPlay Portable Kit

    One build it yourself PiPlay Portable kit. Includes PiPlay Portable PCB, Screen, Battery Pack, Buttons, and Sticker. Just add Raspberry Pi Zero.

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