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The STARFORCE PI is a portable, electronic tabletop mini-arcade directed at classic gaming enthusiasts. The small gaming console is based on early 1980s pre-Nintendo portable videogames, and features full-sized microswitch joystick and buttons, blasting stereo speakers, accurate video playback, and a durable, portable form factor.

 

 

With a modular design, off-the-shelf components and a Raspberry Pi at its core, the STARFORCE PI will support an impressive library of classic gaming systems and modern 16-bit style retrogames, thereby becoming the Ultimate Dimension in Portable Arcade Gaming.

 
       
 

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We have put a lot of effort in bringing the arcade experience to the smallest form-factor possible, without compromising audio, visual or haptic feedback quality. An actual arcade joystick and four buttons are paramount to the experience, as well as true stereo sound and authentic vivid video playback.

The console runs games in the resolution it was intended (320x240), in the correct ratio (4:3), sunken behind a magnified window to bring the arcade vibe alive. The orientation of the screen can be fixed in either vertical/tate or horizontal position by the user, to be as accurate as possible with both side and vertical scrollers. With the powerful rechargeable battery gamers are guaranteed 5+ hours of untethered gameplay.

 
       
 
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Any classic console or PC game will run on the STARFORCE PI, but a small screen may not be appropriate for multiplayer games, text based games, point-and-click adventures, etc. Therefore, we’ve added HDMI-output and two USB-inputs to the device. Hook the system up to a TV/Monitor, plug in your favorite controller or peripheral, and play!
 
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Arcade games from the golden era of the 80’s and 90’s usually came as large JAMMA PCBs that are not accessible to today’s gamers or most collectors. Emulating arcade cabinets accurately on a system devoted to quality will help preserve the legacy of these games, and inspire a new generation of independent developers to bring this level of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming back to life.

 
       
 

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By showing the potential and fun of the STARFORCE PI with classic games, we hope to push the Raspberry Pi as a platform for 8-bit and 16-bit game development. With a simplified and consistent configuration of the control interface and open architecture, developers can build games for the gamer that wants plug-and-play simplicity of the pre-millennium gaming era. That is why besides bringing a cool little device to market, we will be dedicated to emulation support and new game development for the STARFORCE PI system.

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