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Raspberry Pi Pico: Pimoroni announces multiple devices based on the Pico's new RP2040 microcontroller, including a handheld games console

The PicoSystem is a handheld games console based around the RP2040 microcontroller. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The PicoSystem is a handheld games console based around the RP2040 microcontroller. (Image source: Pimoroni)
Pimoroni has announced multiple devices utilising the RP2040 microcontroller, following the Raspberry Pi Pico's announcement yesterday. A highlight of the bunch is the PicoSystem, which transforms the RP2040 into a handheld games console.
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It has only been a day since the Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the Raspberry Pi Pico, which features a new RP2040 microcontroller chip. However, Pimoroni has already announced based on the RP2040 or accessories that are compatible with the Raspberry Pi Pico.

Our favourite is the PicoSystem, which combines the RP2040, an IPS screen, a joypad and some buttons to create a portable games console. The Pico System also has a Li-Po battery and a USB Type-C port, along with 264 kB of SRAM. Pimoroni is yet to confirm when it will begin shipping the PicoSystem, but it will cost £58.50, including VAT.

Additionally, Pimoroni has created other devices based around the RP2040, including the Pico Explorer Base, the Pico Display Pack and the Pico RGB Keypad Base. The Pico Display Pack, for example, has a 1.14-inch IPS display, four buttons and an RGB LED. Meanwhile, Pimoroni aims the Pico Explorer Base aimed at students or beginners who want to familiarise themselves with the Raspberry Pi Pico. Moreover, the Pico RGB Keypad Base has sixteen buttons, and a configurable RGB LED, making it possible to use as an additional input device on a PC. 

You can read more about each product on their corresponding product pages. Currently, Pimoroni sells sixteen products related to the Raspberry Pi Pico.

The Pimoroni PicoSystem. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni PicoSystem. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico Display Pack. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico Display Pack. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico Explorer Base. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico Explorer Base. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico RGB Keypad Base. (Image source: Pimoroni)
The Pimoroni Pico RGB Keypad Base. (Image source: Pimoroni)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-22 (Update: 2021-01-22)