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2020′s Retro Handheld Consoles

A game console  is an electronic device that outputs a video signal or image to display a video game

Handheld consoles became popular during  4th generation of game consoles (early 90′s), with 8-bit devices like Nintendo Gameboy and Sega Game Gear.

There are modern retro handheld consoles that appeared during the 2010′s and 2020′s that wanted to keep the taste of these retro 8-bit video games.

This post features some retro handheld consoles in the 2020′s.

List of 2020′s Retro Handheld Consoles

2020′s retro handheld consoles:

  • DragonBox Pyra
  • Playdate
  • Retroid Pocket 2+
  • Anbernic RG552

DragonBox Pyra

DragonBox Pyra, often called just Pyra, is developed by OpenPandora GmbH, a German manufacturer. It is in pre-order since 2016, pending a release date. Its price range from 330 to 400 €.

It seems there is no much presence of Pyra on social networks. The information about production progress can be found on YouTube channel and scattered in the official Pyra forum.

Its OS is Debian Linux.

DragonBox Pyra

It is the successor of Pandora, that was released in 2010 but it is now out of production.


Official forum

OpenPandora YouTube Channel (shared with DragonBox Pyra)


Playdate was released in 2022. Its launch price was 179 $.

It is developed by Panic, based in Oregon, USA.

Among its singularities, there is that one of its controller is a crank (that it is really a gimmick, as most games can be played without it) and an original way to release new games weekly, included in the price of the console.



Retroid Pocket 2+

Retroid Pocket 2+ (RP2+) was released in 2020.

It is developed by Chinese GoRetroid.

Its OS is Android.

It was released in 2022 and its launch price was 99 $.


Anbernic RG552

RG552 is developed by Chinese company Anbernic. It was released in 2022.

Its launch price was $226.99.

Anbernic RG552

RG552 is the successor of RG351.



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I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.

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