For those unfamiliar with the ambitious modder, he makes a living selling custom handheld gaming systems. He’s also pretty tired of work, having built 50 of them over the past two years, so he’s turning to videos about neat and interesting projects. And boy, he delivers with his first video in almost a year. Check it out …
Anyway, GingerOfOz destroyed his board on the first try, the result of Dremel slipping too much and scratching one of the tokens. Whoops! His next attempt was successful, however, and then it was a matter of inserting it into a custom case and getting all the necessary parts to work as intended.
The result is one hell of an impressive project. It has working controllers with buttons swapped out from a PlayStation Vita, a built-in speaker that it says sounds great, a headphone jack, and even a battery life indicator. To that end, it says it works for about 2.5 hours per charge. When it runs out of juice, it can recharge it via USB-C.
Based on a real PS2 motherboard, GingerOfOz can skip the emulation route and run a catalog of some 4000 PS2 games with the same performance as the original console. Or almost, in some cases, the USB connection powering the games can make cut scenes nervous. But they do work and are displayed on a 5 inch screen with 480p resolution (4: 3 aspect ratio) in all their retro glory.
It was a labor of love that took a long time from conception to completion, and he’s understandably “a little exhausted right now.” We’re glad he finished the project, as this is one of the best retro gaming mods we’ve ever seen. Well done, GingerOfOz!