Good news for all you retrogamers out there: CES isn’t always about making bold strides into the future.
Hyperkin has just unveiled what it’s tentatively calling the “Ultra Game Boy,” and is it ever a treat for those who are really into the classics. This new piece of hardware won’t come with any built-in titles (it is a third-party item, after all), but it will feature the ability to play all of your favorites on a brand-new device, sparing your old Game Boy from additional wear and tear. The device features an aluminum body, a built-in battery that can go for up to six hours, a USB-C charge port, stereo speakers, and left and right audio output ports. And if that isn’t enough to win you over, the Ultra Game Boy features a backlit screen, no longer requiring you to sit under a lamp or buy one of those clunky light attachments for gaming in the dark. The system will feature the traditional volume and contrast wheels, and it’ll also feature a new third wheel that can adjust the color of the backlight all the way through the RGB spectrum.
Of course, you’ll have to bring your own cartridges to the experience, but the Ultra Game Boy will breathe some new life into these classics. While it’s possible that the device will also be able to play Game Boy Color games, we’ll have to wait for more details about that.
The Ultra Game Boy is set to release sometime in the late summer 2018 and should be just under $100. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!