Setting Up the Raspberry Pi for Retro Gaming
There’s no denying that the Raspberry Pi is one of the most underpowered computers on the market today. Even the highest-end model, the 3B+, is many times slower than an entry-level laptop with an Intel Core i7 monitor (Figure 2-1). But what this single board lacks in horsepower it more than makes up for in affordability, compactness, simplicity, and fun. The least expensive flavor of Pi, the itty-bitty Zero, costs just $5, while the feature-filled 3B+ (mainly featured in this book), smaller than a deck of playing cards, will set you back a whopping $35. Users with the need of more of multi-application desktop environment have a solution with the Raspberry Pi 4. The Pi 4 includes the option to selection the installed onboard RAM in 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB configurations with a price ceiling of only $55. All Pi 4 models include dual micro-HDMI ports for 4k display output and USB 3.0 support. A Pi can easily run 8-bit and 16-bit console games (there are emulators for Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast, but the experience is subpar).