Hyperkins Ultra Game Boy is Basically the Old Game Boy on Steroids

first_img While one can make a strong argument for the Super Nintendo being Nintendo’s best console (they’d probably win that argument), a strong case can also be made for the Game Boy. The world’s first true handheld system is still looked upon fondly by anyone lucky enough to have played one back in the day. Given the popularity of the NES and SNES minis, it’s only natural folks would perhaps want to further indulge their nostalgia by playing some Game Boy games. Thankfully, Hyperkin (the same company behind the Retron 5) is getting ready to release an updated version of the handheld classic.The “Ultra Game Boy” (as it is currently being dubbed) was shown off during this year’s CES and it is certainly an impressive little device. The upcoming handheld features an aluminum casing, which gives it more weight than the original Game Boy. The aluminum housing also makes it much more durable. You can adjust volume and contrast like with the original, but the Ultra Game Boy includes another dial to adjust the LCD backlit display. Unlike the original, you can actually play this one in low or no-light settings. The backlight can even be adjusted to any color of the RGB spectrum. You also have the option of turning the backlight off for that authentic Game Boy experience.Photo courtesy of GizmodoThe improvements don’t stop there. The Ultra Game Boy has a built-in six-hour battery that can be charged via USB-C port. The device also features a pair of stereo speakers and left and right audio-out connections. As Gizmodo points out, this feature is somewhat odd considering classic Game Boy titles only had mono sounds. I doubt many will complain about this, however. The audio-out can be used by chiptune musicians to create music.AdChoices广告The Ultra Game Boy (or whatever it ends up being called) is expected to launch sometime during the summer. Hyperkin wants to sell the device for under $100, which I suppose is a fair deal given all of the improvements the company has implemented. Keep in mind this handheld only plays classic Game Boy and possibly Game Boy Color cartridges; there are no pre-installed titles. If you have some old Game Boy games lying around, you can now dust them off and relive the glory days. Alternatively, you can try to purchase these titles online, though I suspect Game Boy cart prices will start to climb after this announcement.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 last_img

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