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What’s the Raspberry Pi CM4 Sega Saturn?

What’s the Raspberry Pi CM4 Sega Saturn?

Love classic games and nostalgic design? Retro Game Restore has created the perfect solution: the CM4 Sega Saturn. This custom-made circuit board fits snugly inside Bandai's Sega Saturn model kit, transforming it into a powerful retro gaming machine.


The Power of Raspberry Pi

The CM4 Sega Saturn utilizes a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 (CM4), a popular single-board computer (SBC) known for its versatility and affordability. While any Raspberry Pi can be used for retro gaming, the CM4's compact size makes it ideal for this unique project.

More than just Sega

While it resembles a miniature Sega Saturn, the CM4 Sega Saturn can play a wide variety of retro games from various consoles like NES, SNES, NEO GEO, and PS1, thanks to its emulation capabilities.

Features and Functionality

Multiple video output options: Enjoy your games on modern TVs with mini HDMI or go retro with the optional add-on board for CRT displays using the classic Sega Saturn RGBS cable (with or without built-in Ethernet).

Easy access: The PCB's micro SD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and two micro USB controller ports are all conveniently accessible from the outside of the model kit.

LED status indicators: The red and green LEDs on the PCB are visible through the front of the case, providing visual feedback.
Cooling options: The PCB includes a port for a mini fan to enhance performance, especially for demanding games.
Unleash the Retro Power:

To bring your favourite games to life, the CM4 Sega Saturn utilizes RetroPie version 4.71 or later, a popular emulation software. Testing by ETA Prime shows impressive performance with games like "Panzer Dragoon" running smoothly at 45 FPS and "Croc" reaching near 50 FPS, even without overclocking.

Tips for the Ultimate Experience

Read the official RetroPie documentation: This comprehensive guide offers detailed instructions on installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.
Consider a CPU cooler: For even better performance, especially when pushing the limits with overclocking, adding a cooler and heatsink to the PCB is recommended.

Embrace the nostalgia and relive the golden age of gaming with the CM4 Sega Saturn!

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