Adafruit PyGamer


Adafruit PyGamer

$59.95 $53.95

SKU: MCR-038 - Mfg Part Number: 4242


What fits in your pocket, is fully Open Source, and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino games you write yourself? That’s right, it’s the Adafruit PyGamer! The PyGamer is powered the ATSAMD51 with 512KB of flash and 192KB of RAM. The PyGamer also features 8 MB of QSPI flash for file storage, handy for images, fonts, sounds, or game assets.

On the front you get a 1.8″ 160×128 color TFT display with dimmable backlight – it has fast DMA support for drawing so updates are incredibly fast. A dual-potentiometer analog stick gives you great control, with easy diagonal movement – or really any direction you like. There’s also 4 square-top buttons. The buttons are arranged to mimic a gaming handheld, with 2 menu-select buttons and 2 fire-action buttons. There’s also 5 NeoPixel LEDs to dazzle or track activity.

On the back there is a full Feather-compatible header socket set, so you can plug in any FeatherWing to expand the capabilities of the PyGamer. There’s also 3 STEMMA connectors – two 3-pin with ADC/PWM capability and one 4-pin that connects to I2C – you can use this for Grove sensors as well.

For built in sensors, there’s a light sensor that points out the front, and a 3-axis accelerometer that can detect taps and free-fall. To make bleeps and bloops, plug in any set of stereo headphones. For projects where you need more volume, you can attach an 8 ohm speaker. The PyGamer will auto-switch to headphones when they’re plugged in, otherwise play through the speaker.

You can power the PyGamer from any of our LiPoly batteries. An on-off switch will save battery power when not in use. Or power from the Micro USB port – it will also charge up the battery if one is attached.

Now, how to program it? Well you’ve got a lot of options!

  • MakeCode Arcade is the easiest to start for making games, you can drag-and-drop blocks and load games over the disk-drive bootloader
  • CircuitPython lets you draw graphics, play wave files and print out text in any fonts – all in Python! There’s tons of sensor support as well.
  • Arduino is low level, powerful, but a little more challenging. You can use Adafruit Arcada to interface with the hardware and it will abstract some of the nitty-gritty details like reading buttons for you.

Please Note: Batteries and USB Cable are not included.


  • Product Dimensions: 101.6 x 60 x 19.5mm
  • Chipset: ATSAMD51J19 @ 120MHz with 3.3V logic/power – 512KB of FLASH + 192KB of RAM
  • Display: 1.8″ 160×128 Color TFT
  • 1 x Analog Thumbstick with X and Y analog inputs
  • 5 x NeoPixels
  • 1 x Light sensor
  • 1 x Mono Class-D speaker driver
  • LiPoly battery port with built in recharging capability
  • Reset button, On/Off Switch
  • Weight: 37.5g
  • Storage: 8 MB of QSPI Flash
  • USB port for battery charging, programming and debugging
  • 1 xMicro SD Card Slot
  • 4 x Game/Control Buttons with square tops
  • 1 x Triple-axis accelerometer
  • 1 x Stereo headphone jack
  • FeatherWing headers


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