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Raspberry Pi CM4: A new project has transformed the popular single-board computer into a Nintendo Switch replica

The RetroLite CM4 relies on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. (Image source: Dmcke5/StonedEdge)
The RetroLite CM4 relies on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. (Image source: Dmcke5/StonedEdge)
A new project takes the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and utilises it within a handheld games console. The RetroLite CM4 looks an awful lot like the Nintendo Switch Lite, too.
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Developers Dmcke5 and StonedEdge has developed a Nintendo Switch replica based around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4). Supposedly a year in the making, the RetroLite CM4 also uses RetroPie, hence its name.

Additionally, the pair have used a 5.5-inch IPS display, a 4,000 mAh battery and a host of buttons that replicate the Nintendo Switch's layout. There are even built-in speakers and a bottom-mounted USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer and video output.

The RetroLite CM4 has a custom aluminium shell too, unlike the Switch Lite. Dmcke5 and StonedEdge claim to have built the shell in Solidworks. Beneath the shell sits a custom copper heatsink, a fan and an Arduino for controller input. 

Currently, RetroLite CM4 is a closed-source projector. However, Tom's Hardware notes that the developers are considering making the project open source at some stage. You can follow the project on Bit Built.

(Image source: Dmcke5/StonedEdge)
(Image source: Dmcke5/StonedEdge)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-13 (Update: 2021-10-13)