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FunKey S: A Keychain-Sized Console With Tons Of Emulators

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Ever heard of a tiny console that can play your favourite Gameboy classics and beyond? The team over at FunKey S just made the impossible happen.

We’ve seen portable gaming consoles over at Kickstarter becoming an overnight success and this novel gadget has taken minimalism to a whole new level.

Last 2017, this project started out as Keymu which was their only one-of-a-kind keychain prototype console and it has unexpectedly received a lot of attention from YouTube grabbing over 6 million video views.

Foldable and comfortable design

If you’re a big fan of minimalistic gadgets then this tiny console is for you. Taking inspiration from the GameBoy Advance SP, this ultra-portable retro gadget has a powerful ARM Cortex-A7 1.2 GHz processor.

The display is powered by a 1.52″ 240×240 px LCD IPS screen and it has an SD card storage capacity of up to 128GB. This keychain-sized console lets you play ten retro gaming platforms such as:

  • NES
  • SuperNES
  • Gameboy
  • GameGear
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega Master System
  • Atari
  • Wonderswan
  • Neo Geo Pocket
  • PlayStation 1

Play Classics Instantly

The FunKey S boots under 5 seconds letting you focus on gaming without the headaches of setting up. Navigation is pretty straightforward as you’re taken into a menu where you choose which retro console you would like to play on.

From there you can select your preferred game and you’re good to go! Take it with you while commuting or having an outside stroll. If you have retro ROMs stored in your computer, you can simply do a USB transfer and this tiny console will take care of everything else. The console also has an Fn button that lets you trigger shortcuts from anywhere.

An Open Source Tiny Console

Experience with this device could vary. If you have big hands, you might have a hard time pressing the buttons. Another downside of the FunKey S is that the port is using an old-school Micro USB rather than USB-C which we see on present gadgets.

Nevertheless, it’s a powerful device with massive storage for its tiny size plus open-source capabilities. You can tinker further with available designs and tutorials over at Hackaday.

The FunKey S is selling at $70 and you can pre-order at their website and be included for its next shipment this coming June.

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Alec Padua is a content writer who loves to write topics on tech, gaming and finance. A singer-songwriter going by the stage name "Alex Corner", he also does live streams and releases songs on Spotify. He's also a trader who documents his stock market and crypto journey through a blog called "The Trading Comedy". During his free time, you might catch him playing or streaming games over at Facebook Gaming or YouTube with his persona "Oppa Lec".

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