RetroPie Portable Build Uses No Fancy Tools!

retro pie portable

RetroPie Portable builds are great fun, but lots of them make use of expensive tools like 3D printers and laser cutters, which tends to dismay — [Kaushlesh] proves you don’t need any of that!

To build his unit he’s using a Raspberry Pi, a USB controller, a 6 x 4″ project box, a cheap LCD screen, a hot glue gun, and various electrical components — you will still need some soldering skill to complete this project!

By modifying the case he assembled the control boards by taking apart the USB controller. Protoboard made for an easy way to mount his new buttons, with it simply hot glued in place. Quite a bit of soldering later and everything is connected. He notes you’d better make sure everything works as you go otherwise it will be hard to find out what’s wrong when it is assembled!

Future upgrades include a rechargeable li-ion pack and built in speakers (he’s currently using headphones). Take a look after the break!

Retropie consoles are great — why not put one into your coffee table?


  1. onebiozz says:

    Why dont people use the DSI connector?

    • I believe that DSI displays are not commonly available yet. Or maybe I dint look enough. And LCD was damn cheap

      • onebiozz says:

        i have an iphone 960×640 Display that speaks DSI i got for $10 … tho that would take some hacking about with the connectors and i have not tried this myself

    • gravatarnonsense says:

      Because the DSI connector requires access to the closed source firmware in the Pi. The only thing that will work with the DSI port are displays that the Raspberry Pi Foundation decide to support. So far that is Zero as they intend to provide their own display board one day but so far no sign of it.

      • onebiozz says:

        im getting real sick of the RPiFs shit keeping firmware proprietary

        • Andrew says:

          Why don’t people use apostrophes?

          Or capital letters?

          Or full stops, for that matter?

          • onebiozz says:

            because im replying to a comment on the internet not writing a memo, if you cant understand what i was saying without capital letters than you have a problem

          • Adam says:

            Onebiozz, I actually don’t understand what you were saying, did you skip some punctuation?

          • wernicke says:

            I’m with Andrew on this one. Punctuation and capitalization really aren’t too difficult to use. I don’t see why replying to a comment on the internet should be any different than writing a memo with respect to being an effective communicator.

  2. gravatarnonsense says:

    I thought it was a cake at first glance.

  3. pdrift says:

    Anyone have a mirror.. I think the page is down.

  4. zuul says:

    i’ve been working on something like this too, although having some trouble building a case and getting the buttons and dpad to work well with it

    here’s my instructible if you wanted more info (i used GPIO for control and an lm386 for audio..i also don’t modify the pi so you can reuse it if you wanted)

  5. Gershalmonk says:

    If retropi is so great, why can’t I play kingdom hearts 2 on it?

  6. Jon D says:

    Where are the B, A and start buttons for the Konami code?

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