YouTuber and IT security researcher ‘Stacksmashing’ has modified his 1989 Game Boy handheld console into a Bitcoin mining rig.
Bitcoin mining has long been linked to high electricity bills and powerful hardware that needs constant cooling down, so much that some companies have chosen to relocate permanent mining servers to places like Norilsk in Siberia.
Yet, Stacksmashing has been able to adapt Nintendo's popular handheld gaming console Game Boy into a small, portable Bitcoin mining device. Released in 1989, the device hardly exudes confidence when it comes to Bitcoin's high, power-hungry demands.
However, this has not stopped the researcher from using a Raspberry Pi microcontroller and a USB card flash to connect the device to a BTC node run on his computer. He argued that originally, he hoped to just plug the device in a cartridge and begin mining right away.
Of course, some fiddling was needed. For example, Game Boy has a very simple read-only memory, and Stacksmashing needed a little more to integrate the mining software. You would think that a device like that cannot produce much mining value, but Stacksmashing begs to differ.
“The hash rate is pretty impressive, roughly 0.8 hashes per second”, Stacksmashing explained enthusiastically, venturing to compare technologies from then and now. He is not the first individual to have attempted using different devices to mine cryptocurrency.
There have been numerous reports of people using their Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 consoles to excavate digital gold too.
While such initiatives require a fair bit of technological and programming knowledge, they are absolutely feasible and apparently workable solutions to the perennial question of how to mine cryptocurrencies in new ways.