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The Pyra - an 'open source' ARM handheld computer - now in pre-order

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  1. JonnyH

    JonnyH Well-Known Member Official Developer Administrator

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    I don't know if anyone here is interested, but I just pre-ordered the Pyra (see https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/pages/pyra/ ) - I have the predecessor, a fancy bit of kit called the pandora, and it seems great for emulators / a mini linux PC.

    I do intend to eventually support openapoc on the pyra, hence my posting here, plus drumming up support for cool things is always fun.

    Note: Compared to a 'modern' phone it's somewhat overpriced and underpowered, but for devs/hackers/similar it seems pretty cool! It has a full keyboard, and runs 'full fat' linux. I've found the pandora fun for playing games/the odd bit of browsing/coding on the train, and the pyra is a clear continuation of the same.

    (Note, i said 'open' - that unfortunately doesn't include many of the sw blobs, including the GPU driver, which may make it a non-starter for some... Clearly PowerVR are full of terrible people who hate freedom!)
     
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    pmprog Well-Known Member Official Developer Administrator

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    Hehe, I thought about dropping a post here about it, but seems you're ahead of me in pretty much every game going... I'll grab my coat...
     
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    makus Designer, forum admin Administrator Designer/Artist

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    Why ot usual noutbook?)
     
  4. JonnyH

    JonnyH Well-Known Member Official Developer Administrator

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    Mostly the size difference - It's closer to a nintendo DS xl than a notebook. It (should) also have a significantly better battery life than pretty much anything else at that price/size, 5+ hours while actually being used to play games (I hope). It also has "proper" game controls - D pad, analog sticks and shoulder buttons.

    At this point it's no longer really 'cutting edge' tech, it's a couple of generations behind mobile phone SoCs, but it should have more than enough power to deal with emulators and oldschool (or even a couple-of-generations-old games) on the run, as well as games aimed at mobiles.

    Plus it's a 'full' linux system, so you can still run firefox, openoffice, develop in vim or and similar if you really want. Having a full keyboard means it's not insane, and the previous version (the pandora) actually wasn't awful to use, which is amazing considering the size. While I haven't actually held a pyra yet, I assume it'll at least be no worse.

    But it's a small-run niche product. And that comes with a price premium.
     
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