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Crypto user modifies old school Game Boy for Bitcoin mining

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An IT safety researcher has been capable of adapt Nintendo’s first main handheld recreation console to mine cryptocurrency.

In response to a current YouTube video, user Stacksmashing used the {hardware} from a Nintendo Game Boy first launched in 1989 as a place to begin to mine Bitcoin (BTC). As a result of the gaming console has no built-in wi-fi capabilities — and largely predates the web — the YouTuber stated he used a Raspberry Pi microcontroller board connected to the Game Boy’s hyperlink port and a USB flash card to ascertain a connection to a BTC node run from his laptop.

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“My objective was to make use of an unique, unmodified Game Boy,” stated Stacksmashing. “I need to plug in a cartridge, and begin mining.”

Stacksmashing wrote his personal mining code for the Game Boy’s read-only reminiscence, built-in mining software program — modified for the gaming console — and ran a BTC node on his laptop. The consequence was nonces getting incremented on the console’s inexperienced display, exhibiting the rig was trying to mine crypto.

“The hash fee is fairly spectacular, roughly 0.8 hashes per second,” stated Stacksmashing, explaining: 

“Should you evaluate that to a contemporary ASIC miner, which is available in at round 100 Terahashes per second, you may see that we’re virtually as quick, solely off by an element of roughly 125 trillion. At this fee, it ought to solely take us a few quadrillion years to mine a Bitcoin.”Screenshot from YouTube

Many crypto fanatics have been seeking to gaming consoles as a approach to mine BTC or different cryptocurrencies for a while, however on the whole the techniques are neither designed nor marketed in direction of miners. Earlier this month, a Chinese language software program developer appeared to have pranked the crypto area by claiming to have mined Ether (ETH) utilizing a PlayStation 5. Final yr, builders from 1st Playable denied rumors one among its video games might be used to hijack Nintendo’s Swap console to mine BTC.

Stacksmashing’s makes an attempt to make use of an 8-bit gaming console to mine crypto might have been simply for the expertise, however he has stated on Twitter he’s not completed but. Already the IT safety researcher claims to have used Nintendo’s Tremendous Game Boy — an adapter launched in 1994 that enables unique Game Boy video games to be performed on the Tremendous Nintendo Leisure System — to mine BTC in a lot the identical manner.

“Obviously, mining Bitcoin on a Game Boy is everything but profitable, but I learned a lot of things while building this, and definitely had a ton of fun.”

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