Retro Lite CM4: Gaming handheld based on a Raspberry Pi debuts with a familiar design
Last year, developers Dmcke5 and StonedEdge revealed the RetroLite CM4, a handheld games console that utilised the Raspberry Pi Compute Module (CM4). At the time, the project was incomplete, but that is no longer the case. Fundamentally, the Retro Lite CM4 is the same device as it was when it debuted, although its name has gained an additional character.
Hence, the Retro Lite CM4 features a 5.5-inch LCD display and stereo speakers that rely on the i2s WM8960 Wolfson audio amplifier. Additionally, the device has a 4,000 mAh battery that should last up to four hours of gameplay, plus a custom copper heatsink and fan. Moreover, Dmcke5 and StonedEdge have included a 3.5 mm headphone jack with automatic switching, a mini HDMI port and a USB Type-C port for data and charging.
Incidentally, the developers have added a USB hub circuit to provide the Retro Lite CM4 with more USB ports than the Raspberry Pi CM4 has as standard. Furthermore, the device has resin-cast buttons, a d-pad, dual joysticks and an anodised aluminium housing.
Supposedly, the Retro Lite CM4 is powerful enough to play older games at full speed via emulation, such as Sega Dreamcast and Sony PSP titles. Unfortunately, it seems that Dmcke5 and StonedEdge are not yet ready to mass-produce the Retro Lite CM4, despite the positive reception it has received to date.