Black, powder-coated panels
Acrylic marquee and console with authentic artwork
Push-fit arcade buttons
Joystick with black ball top
3″ speaker (5W, 4Ω)
Easy access with removable back panel
Dedicated illuminated power button
Grippy rubber feet
Approx dimensions: 310 x 260 x 250mm (H x W x D)
10-inch display features
1024×768 (4:3 ratio) IPS (wide viewing angle) display
Pimoroni-designed and manufactured HDMI display driver board and keypad controls
Powered by micro-USB cable (included) from your Pi
Picade X HAT features
Easy DuPont connectors for buttons and joystick
Push-fit speaker terminals
I2S audio DAC with 3W amplifier (mono)
USB-C power management, power switch pins, and power button
4-way joystick inputs
6 player buttons
4 utility buttons
Metal standoffs to hold your Picade X HAT securely
Picade enamel pin badge
Pimoroni Super Sticker Selection
The cabinet is more compact, so it fits more neatly on your desk, but has a higher resolution 8″ or 10″ display (1024×768). The display is driven by a new Pimoroni-designed and manufactured driver board, with keypad controls. It’s an IPS panel, so it looks great from any viewing angle!
The all-new Picade X HAT is packed full of useful features. We’ve moved from more fiddly screw terminals to simple DuPont connectors that just push in, and the speaker terminals are the same easy push-fit connectors that we use on pHAT BEAT.
There’s dedicated power management on-board Picade X HAT; just plug your USB-C power supply into the HAT and it’ll power your Pi through its pins. The power button connected to the HAT means that once your Pi is safely shutdown, the power will be cut completely to the Pi. A simple press of the power button will boot your Picade up again.
The new buttons in Picade are lower profile, and the new joystick has a single connector rather than the eight spade connectors on our previous Picade joystick.
A gorgeous new neon-look Picade logo on the marquee, and rainbow stripes on the console and screen-surround, evoke classic consoles.
The Picade now comes with a PICO-8 license (worth $14.99!) and cheat sheet which will help you get started writing your own tiny games. You can also download and play games written by others, with 1000s of community made projects and resources to play with!
Building your Picade
If your Picade has a square PICO-8 sticker on the box and has marquee and bezel artwork that looks like this then you have a 2020 edition Picade (woop!) and you’ll need to follow this online assembly tutorial.
If there’s no PICO-8 sticker you’ll need to follow this tutorial and video.
We recommend the RetroPie operating system for your Picade. You can download it from the RetroPie website and then burn it to a micro-SD card with Etcher.
Connect a USB keyboard to your Pi, and connect to Wi-Fi in the RetroPie menu. Press F4 to exit to the terminal and then type curl https://get.pimoroni.com/picadehat | bash to run the Picade HAT installer.
Reboot your Pi, if it doesn’t prompt you to. Press the “Alt” key on your keyboard and then select “Configure input” to configure your Picade’s controls. You’ll find that the sound and power button should both be working now too!
If your Picade display doesn’t show anything when you first power it up, then it could be because the HDMI display is not being detected by the Raspberry Pi. This can happen because power isn’t supplied to the USB ports on the Raspberry Pi for the first few seconds of booting. The solution is to edit the /boot/config.txt file on your RetroPie SD card, and add hdmi_force_hotplug=1 on a new line at the bottom of the file.