History of video games/Platforms/Clockwork GameShell


Hangzhou in 2016, the provenance of the Clockwork GameShell.

The Clockwork GameShell started out in 2017 as a Kickstarter project from a group in Hangzhou[1][2], a coastal city in the Zhejiang province of China. Backers received units in 2018.[3]

By 2019 the Clockwork GameShell was generally available for $159.99.[3]





The Clockwork GameShell is powered by a Allwinner R16 SOC[1] containing a quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor clocked at one gigahertz[3][4] and a Mali-400MP2 GPU.[5][1]

The Clockwork GameShell has one gigabyte of DDR3 RAM.[3][4] Storage is expandable via microSD card slot.[3] The system ships with a 16 gigabyte card.[6]

The controller is handled by a separate Arduino compatible computer based on an 8-bit ATmega168P microcontroller.[4]



The Clockwork GameShell has a 2.7 inch RGB TFT LCD with a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels and a 60 Hz refresh rate.[5][7][1] The handheld has a two channel speaker module.[4] There is also a microHDMI port for AV out.[5] The back of the system has Lego mounting studs.[8]

The handheld has radios for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.[3][4]

The Clockwork GameShell is powered by a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery that outputs 3.7 volts and is rated at a capacity of 1200 mAh.[4]

The system can be expanded to have five additional buttons through the Lightkey module.[4]



The Clockwork GameShell runs the Debian 9 based Clockwork OS, which uses the Linux 4.1 kernel.[4]


  • Cave Story - Preinstalled.[6]


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  5. a b c "DIY Retro Gaming Handheld Is As Fun To Build As It Is To Play". Kotaku Australia. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  6. a b "Clockwork Pi GameShell Review — Building Your Own Handheld Console Is the Most Fun You'll Ever Have". DualShockers. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  7. Singh, Charanjeet (26 January 2019). "GameShell Review: Hackable Game Boy Clone That Has No Limits". Fossbytes. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  8. Shahzad, Zarmeen (25 September 2019). "The GameShell Kit Open Source Portable Game Console Is Up For A Huge Discount For A Few Hours - Avail Now". Wccftech. Retrieved 30 November 2020.