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25 September 2017

"Player Unknown's Battlegrounds" played on a Game Boy Color. Source: Michael Darby"Player Unknown's Battlegrounds" played on a Game Boy Color. Source: Michael Darby

“Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds” is one of the highest selling video games in recent memory, eclipsing 10 million copies sold earlier this month. It took the mega-popular “Minecraft” about two years to get there. “PUBG” did it in six months.

Generally, the game, which pits about 100 players in a battle royal-type fight to the death, is played on a fairly decent performing desktop or laptop PC using a mouse and keyboard.

Now, a maker has created a custom-built Game Boy Color that allowed him to stream the game from his PC to the Nintendo handheld using Moonlight software and a Raspberry Pi Zero W developer board.

The maker, Michael Darby, gutted the original Game Boy Color and replaced it with the Raspberry Pi, a 3.7-volt lithium-ion polymer battery (LiPo) battery, a thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) screen, an SD card, Adafruit Powerboost 500c, Adafruit Pi TFT 2.2 and various other off-the-shelf components for the Game Boy Color player.

However, the Raspberry Pi is insufficient to run “PUBG” so using Moonlight software, Darby streamed the game from a desktop PC.

The result is the ability to play the game, but with extremely limited functions — he couldn’t jump, reload a weapon or drive a car. Still, it is a pretty cool trick and shows just how much you can do with a little time and ingenuity.

Darby explains in detail how he created the project on hackster.io if you want to build your own.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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