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Someone built a PC gaming handheld with a 3D printer, Raspberry Pi Zero, and some old controllers

The Lemonlight 2
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Moving about while playing your favourite PC games is a bit of a novelty. Now, there are some who opt for a pre-built, handheld machine to emulate games on the go, the Linx Vision 8 and the GDP Win being some of the most recommended options. But we’ve found a project that takes this novelty a step further (via Tom's Hardware).

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Behold the Lemonlight v2, the second iteration of a brilliant 3D printed, handheld device for streaming PC games. The whole project and spec has been outlined in Tombston’s Reddit post (opens in new tab), if you want to take a look at the final machine yourself. Rather than emulating games, the Lemonlight streams them directly from your PC, lightening the powerload on your gadget. 

Powered by Moonlight (the streaming platform, not literal moonlight), this gaudy little gadget is built around a Raspberry Pi Zero W, and uses a 1080p AMOLED 5.5" Waveshare panel, accompanied by a tinkerBOY 4-Port USB Hub Breakout Board, wifi dongle, and buttons lifted from a slew of old controllers. It’s had a few upgrades since its previous, nameless version (opens in new tab), including better ergonomics, larger battery, and support for bluetooth headphones, which is pretty nifty.

The chassis, bumpers and triggers were custom designed, and are highly reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch design with its rounded edges and button placement. I’m personally not keen on the analogue stick alignment, but to each their own.

If you're looking to take on a similar project, here are some alternative streaming platform options to get you started on some research: Splashtop, Remotr, Nvidia Experience Streamer (the foundation for Moonlight), Parsec, etc. Unfortunately, Tombston won't be putting together a tutorial, but they have put up the SLTs and said they’re happy to answer any questions if needed.

I love projects like this, and am looking forward to whatever else Tombston will have to show us in future. As ever, keep designing, keep building. 

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.