This Raspberry Pi handheld was inspired by a PlayStation 1 controller

While Raspberry Pi handhelds are nothing new, they usually take the form of small rectangular devices, which is exactly how this PlayStation-inspired build started its life.

User “spooner2011” tells us that they wanted to replicate the PiGRRL project by Adafruit, which looks a lot like the Game Boy Micro if we’re comparing it to existing consoles.

This version, however, would be different, borrowing the form factor of the controllers used with the original PlayStation.

Around 20 hours went into modelling this new case in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0, with numerous prototypes printed along the way.

With the final design settled on, printing in PLA took just under 13 hours as the quality was bumped up. At 18 X 10.8 X 4.7 centimetres this print does use a dozen screws to keep itself together, but none are visible from the front.

Inside there’s a Raspberry Pi Zero and most of the components from the PiGRRL kit. Some parts were swapped out, however. To reduce the noise of button presses these soft tactile buttons were used, and a 2000mAh battery needed to be purchased as one is not included.

Apparently this only took around three hours to put together despite spooner2011 saying that they’re “not good at soldering”. The inside looks great and there seems to be a bit of extra space of future additions.

The files for this print are available for free on Thingiverse. Right now it’s made to fit the 2.2″ TFT screen that comes with the kit, but this may be changed in the future to accommodate a larger 3.2″ version.

You can view the final build in action below where you may notice a stand being used at the beginning. This is also available for download but keep in mind that it’s not a charging dock or anything like that.

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