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History of video games/Platforms/Circuit Gem

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Preorders were available by 2018.[1]

Preorders were again available by the end of December 2020, with a cost of $235 and an estimated 2 month lead time.

Lead times would later be reduced to 4-6 weeks, with prices ranging from $215 to $310.[2]


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A revision of the Circuit Gem electronics would later be used in the handheld console the Gem Boy Zero.[3]


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An original VMU, the base of the Circuit Gem chasis.


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The device shipped with 32 gigabytes of removable storage.[2]

RetroPie was the default operating system.[2]


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A color IPS LCD with a resolution of 240 by 240 pixels is used.[2] This is somewhat unusual, and makes this console one of the few to use a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Despite it's small size, the device includes a speaker.[2]


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The Circuit Gem includes a rechargeable LiPo battery with a capacity of 750mAh.[2]


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Every unit was "custom made". The Circuit Gem reused the casing of a Dreamcast VMU. The unit had L & R buttons added to it.[2]


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  1. https://twitter.com/kiteretro/status/1052958549427593220
  2. a b c d e f g "MarkyPi Gaming | Shop". Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  3. Hill, Ash (16 September 2021). "Raspberry Pi Zero Powers 'Gem Boy Zero' Retro Handheld" (in en). Tom's Hardware. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/raspberry-pi-zero-tiny-game-boy.