If you’re a Nintendo fan, chances are you’ve seen a YouTuber recently build the largest functional Nintendo Switch console. While TV-sized Nintendo consoles are great to look at, I prefer compact, portable game consoles that you can carry in your pocket. While you can use the Nintendo DS emulator apps on Android and iOS devices to play games, it doesn’t offer the satisfaction of using a console. So if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ll love the smallest Gameboy style retro game console that you can carry on a keychain!
The FunKey S: keychain-sized retro gaming console
Dubbed the FunKey S, it is essentially an open source keychain-sized retro gaming console that emulates more than 10 classic game consoles From the past. This includes NES, Super NES, PlayStation 1, GameGear, Sega Master System, and many more.
Developed by a group of retro gaming enthusiasts, the device is a complete console in the smallest form factor that allows users to attach it to a keychain. It even comes with a small carabiner to attach to a keychain.
Now, coming to the design of the FunKey S, it really does look like a pretty polished gaming console despite its small form factor. The device features a foldable design and a full set of clickable buttons so you can enjoy your favorite retro games.
The button layout, when inflated, looks similar to a traditional game console. It has your usual D-pad on the left and the ABXY function buttons on the right. There is also a dedicated menu button for instant access to operating system options and a couple of additional function buttons. Aside from these, there is also a pair of shoulder buttons with generous key travel that resides on the 180-degree hinge.
At the bottom, there is also a micro-USB port through which users can transfer files and data from other devices to the FunKey S. They can then access the saved files along with the games on the device.
The little device comes with a 1.54-inch IPS LCD color screen with a screen refresh rate of 50Hz. Inside, there is a 410 mAh battery that can run the device for up to two hours.
Now, while the FunKey S isn’t something you’d use to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it does come with some impressive specs. For starters, the device features a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor paired with 64MB of RAM. It also comes with a 32GB microSD card for storing game ROMs that can be upgraded up to a 2TB microSD card.
On the software front, the developers wanted to deliver the best possible gaming experience with FunKey S. As a result, they came up with a streamlined, intuitive, and consistent interface for the console. This allows the device to boot up in less than 5 seconds, offers a simple and consistent setup menu across the system, and supports a notification system.
The console can also detect when some fold or unfold the device. In this way, it can automatically start once deployed or save a game before closing when a user folds the device in the middle of the game.
Also, although the device does not come with any out-of-the-box software, developers can add their own programs to run on the device. This is possible due to the open source nature of the operating system running FunKey S.
Price and availability
The Funkey S gaming console costs € 65 (~ Rs 5,800) and comes in three color variants, including Original Purple, Atomic Purple, and Retrogaming Gray. While the Original Purple and Retrogaming Gray come with a solid color design, the Atomic Purple looks cooler with its transparent design.
You can order the FunKey S from your official website. However, the device is currently out of stock. The company is taking pre-orders for the next batch and will begin shipping in June 2021.
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