Turn Your Smartphone Into A GameBoy!
June 29, 2017 (London, UK)
PQube, in partnership with Hyperkin, a video game hardware development company from Los Angeles, has announced it will be releasing the SmartBoy through the Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP) to the European Market.
Originally a development kit in late 2016, the SmartBoy attaches to Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, turning your smartphone into a handheld gaming device.
The SmartBoy is compatible with actual NTSC/PAL Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges, while sporting a classic-style tactile button set, making the SmartBoy look and feel like a real handheld gaming console. The SmartBoy is compatible with other apps and games, including Game Boy Advance apps from Google Play; configuration for such apps may vary. Out of the box, the SmartBoy was designed for current-gen Samsung devices with USB Type-C ports, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 – other Android device compatibility may vary.
Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi, was ecstatic to learn his team’s baby is now a retail-ready device officially licensed by Samsung.
“The SmartBoy has been about two years in the making – three if you count the months we were kicking around the idea,” Gallizzi said. “From an April Fool’s Joke, to a successful dev kit, and now an officially licensed device, that little guy has come a long way!”
• Compatible with NTSC/PAL cartridges
• Plays GB and GBC cartridges
• Classic-style tactile button set
• Designed for current-gen Samsung devices
• Phone Size: 5.2 – 6 inches
• Upscales to phone’s resolution • USB Type-C port
• Does not require batteries
Hyperkin is a gaming hardware development company, specializing in consoles and accessories for multiple generations of gamers. Hyperkin’s products also provide solutions for a wide array of home entertainment, leading the way in the retro and modern entertainment industry with unique and innovative ideas. Hyperkin’s product line includes the X91, an officially Xboxlicensed retro-style controller for the Xbox One; and the SupaBoy S, a portable console for Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges. Founded in 2007, Hyperkin’s headquarters is located in Los Angeles, Calif.
SMAPP (Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program) enhances Samsung Mobile’s accessory portfolio by working with highly qualified industry experts approved by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in telecommunication, digital media, digital convergence technology and semiconductor. SMAPP addresses customers’ increasing needs for value-added accessories for Samsung Mobile’s cutting-edge technology; delivering innovation, value and high customer satisfaction through its partners’ expertise, design and premium portfolio. SMAPP accessories are presented with a licensed “Designed for Samsung Mobile” logo on the package, signifying it was designed to connect to Samsung mobile devices, and has been certified to meet Samsung performance standards.
PQube is a publisher, distributor and service provider for the interactive entertainment industry with a global reach through UK, Europe, Middle East, Australia and North and South America from its offices in Letchworth, Paris, Bristol and Bawtry. PQube is a licensed publisher for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo platforms and publishes and distributes games on Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Xbox One, 3DS, iOS, Android, PC and digital download. PQube has established a track record of success with major franchises including:- BlazBlue, GuiltyGear, WRC, MotoGP, Ride, MXGP, Arcana Heart, Harvest Moon, Senran Kagura and Steins;Gate. PQube also creates and distributes hardware, consoles and technology including Sega MegaDrive, Atari Flashback, BlazeTab and BlazeGear. PQube also provides a full range of creative, design, web, marketing, PR, development and e-commerce and fulfilment solutions. We thank all our partners and acknowledge all game names, brands and trademarks as properties of their respective owners. www.pqube.co.uk