Pyra - Hybrid Gaming Ultraportable

The Pyra is a device that I'm most excited about, and am finally hopeful that it will see a 2019 release (to be confirmed).

It's also the device that I've been waiting for longest, now approaching 2.5 years! There was a demonstration of an early working prototype in March 2016, found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4t9Ys8wI6k

A lot has changed since that early video though...

Some delay-causing issues have been:

However, the only known outstanding issues now are very minor, and focus is going to be on the software, which doesn't need to be perfect sending out the first units. So hopefully we will see the first batches of prototypes in the wild very soon!

Key Features

Here are a few of the features of the Pyra that I am most excited about:

I also believe there is hardware switchable wi-fi, although I can't find a source for this.

Origins

Pyra is the successor to the Pandora, and it's development began back in 2014. By today's standards, its specification isn't the best, but the focus has always been on maintainability and upgradability and using free / open software (with a Debian-based OS). With two external SD card slots and one internal one, there is also plenty of scope for storage, and coupled with a custom package manager which detects software installed in drives that are inserted is likely to make swapping applications and games a breeze.

Development has been led by EvilDragon (Michael Mrozek) of DragonBox, and only with his apparent unlimited patience, openness and persistence is Pyra still likely to be released after all these years. It's also a product that is seeing many tangible improvements, like the recent addition of springs to shoulder buttons (following a move from the previously problematic case company to a newer one), and loads of improvements to the key-mat.

Specifications

Technical Specs

Physical Specs

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Published 28 May 2019 - -