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How It Works

You asked and we answered. Here are some of the most common questions we received about Buy PI.

The gaming console is built with a Raspberry PI 3 board which has Bluetooth, WiFi, 4 USB ports, 1 GB of RAM and a quad core 1.2 GHz processor. The board comes in an case of your choosing. It also comes with an HDMI cable, a 5V power supply with on/off switch, a 32 GB SanDisk Ultra micro SD card with adapter and 2 USB controllers. Wireless options are also available. The only thing you will need to get up and running is a USB memory stick, keyboard and mouse to transfer games onto the device.

No games come installed out of the box. Picture the Buy PI gaming console like buying an MP3 player. We don’t tell you what your favorite games are just like Apple doesn’t decide what your favorite music is. Games (or ROMS as they are commonly referred) are freely available to download off the Internet, or you could make your own ROMS. For more information on each of these topics, see the corresponding FAQ section below.

  • Plug a USB thumb drive into your PC and create a folder on the thumb drive called RETROPIE.
  • Turn on the BuyPI console and it will boot into Emulation Station.
  • Unplug the thumb drive and plug it into the BuyPI console. After a few seconds, a light will blink on the thumb drive.
  • Unplug the thumb drive from the BuyPI console and plug it back into your PC.
  • The RETROPIE folder you created should now contain three new folders to help -you upload your games.  The ROMS folder contains sub-folders for each retro gaming system (ex. NES, SNES, SEGA, etc).
  • Copy your game files over to the correct gaming system folder.
  • Once you are finished, unplug the thumb drive from your PC and plug it back into the BuyPI console.
  • After a few seconds or minutes, depending on how many games you loaded, the new ROM files will sync onto the console.  When the lights stop flashing, it is finished.
  • Reboot the BuyPI console.
  • Your games will show up categorized by gaming platform.

Commonly referred to as ROMS, thousands of retro games can be located on popular file sharing sites throughout the  the web. or

OUR PREFERENCE is ARCHIVE.ORG.

For example search on NO- Intro Collection 2015-03-03 on archive.org, then click on the blue Show All button at the middle of the page.

You’ll find links high quality collections of just about every system RetroPie supports. You can continue exploring archive.org for more roms.

A word of caution, always use anti-virus software to scan downloads you pull off the Internet from unknown sources.  In rare cases, they can come packaged with viruses. We have never run across one ourselves, but we are sure there are unscrupulous people out there.

Amstrad CPC
Atari 2600
Atari 7800
Atari Lynx
Final Burn Alpha (fba)
Famicon Disk System (fds)
Game Gear
Game Boy (gb)
Game Boy Advance (gba)
Game Boy Color (gbc)
Sega Genesis (genesis)
MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) Libreto
MAME4All
Master System
Megadrive
N64 (Nintendo 64)
Neo Geo
NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Neo Geo Pocket (ngp)
Neo Geo Pocket Color (ngpc)
PC Engine
Playstation 1 (PSX)
Sega 32X
Sega CD
SG-1000
SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
Vectex
ZX Spectrum

We believe the Pi is an awesome gaming console, and we want you to love it too. We stand behind our product and give you 30-days to test it out and see for yourself. If you find your life is complete without it, simply package all the components back up and send it back to us. We will give you a refund minus shipping costs, or send you a new unit if something its up to par.  We are always here to give you support along the way.

Yes you can. There is a cool little tool called Kazzo built for ripping games from Nintendo platforms.

There are two ways to setup your Wifi.

OPTION ONE:
The easiest setup is accomplished through the Pixel desktop. You will need a keyboard and mouse connected (via USB or bluetooth) to do so.

Boot the BuyPI console and Emulation Station will launch.

Hit the F4 key to boot into a terminal window. The desktop screen will display briefly before the terminal comes up. Once it boots, type startx to launch into Pixel OS. In the top right of the desktop, you’ll see three icons for Bluetooth, Volume, and Available Networks.

Click on Available Networks, and select your local wifi network with your mouse, entering the network password to connect.

Once connected, click on the RASPBERRY LOGO  in the top left corner, then select SHUTDOWN.  Choose REBOOT to return the RetroPie interface so you can play your games.

OPTION TWO:

Boot the BuyPI gaming console.  On the home screen you will see your available platforms along with an option that says RETROPIE. Selecting this will allow you to enter the configuration options. Press A to select then scroll to the bottom of the list to select WIFI. You will see a more traditional Linux type screen.

Select option 1 Connect to WiFi network by hitting the B button with Ok selected.

This will display a list of available networks the device sees within range.

 Chose the one you wish to connect to and enter the password for this network. It will make the necessary handshake with the wireless router.

First, make sure your WiFi has been setup for the device. See the FAQ above if not.

Once you have that taken care of, boot the gaming console into the main screen where you choose the gaming system to play. Press the start button to bring up the main menu. Select the Scraper option. It will give you one option to scrape from (theGamesDB) so scroll down to select Scrape Now. Next, it asks you what you’d like to filter, system to scrape and if user will decide on conflicts. I normally leave these at the defaults. Click Start, and it will cycle through the games and ask you to verify the info it pulled in or select another available option. Once you’d done this for all games, you’ll have descriptions and cover art for all your  roms.

If you purchase via Paypal, it will say you are sending funds to Vandelay Web. That is the parent company of Buy PI.

Our FAQ section was never meant to be an exhaustive review of every question we could think of, but rather the most common ones. If you still have open questions, search our forum or submit a ticket if you don’t see the answer you are looking for. Our support staff are happy to help out in any way we can.