On Saturday, the popular YouTuber called Stacksmashing published a video showing him converting a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy to mine Bitcoin (BTC). Obviously the self-built miner is not as powerful as modern miners, but it is a very creative idea and the nice thing is that the Game Boy only uses four double A batteries.
Mining with old devices
Four years ago, a few people created some interesting methods of mining and connecting to the Bitcoin network. For example, the Bitcoiner Ken Shirriff, who is known for adding the symbol of BTC to Unicode, had shown the world how to mine the royal coin with an old Xerox Alto.
The computer is a classic and the first machine to add a graphical user interface (GUI) in 1973. In addition, Shirriff also mined Bitcoin in 2015 with a 55-year-old IBM 1401. In addition to Shirriff’s retro-mining experiments, someone else already developed a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) miner in 2013.
Stacksmashing’s latest video on YouTube uses an 8-bit handheld game console from 1989 known as the Game Boy. As with the NES miner, Stacksmashing had to connect the Game Boy to a Raspberry Pi and use the handheld’s Link Port to connect directly to the BTC network.
He also used GBDK, an open-source Game Boy development kit written with the programming language C. Stacksmashing also used a SHA256 implementation. Stacksmashing then managed to connect the Game Boy to the Bitcoin network and said he could even hear the 31-year-old machine hashing.
The Game Boy mines very slowly
The Nintendo device managed to process 0.8 hashes per second (0.0008 kilohash) and Stacksmashing emphasized that the current machines achieve about 100 terahashes per second (TH / s).
This means that the Game Boy’s speed was “a factor of about 125 trillion,” Stacksmashing emphasized. A single BTC would cost a few trillion years using the classic Game Boy miner.
Stacksmashing not only teaches someone how to assemble a Game Boy Bitcoin miner, but the Youtuber also educates the viewer about how Bitcoin blocks are mined. Are you curious about the video? Check it out below: