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Chromecast Hacked To Run Gameboy Emulator

gameboy on chromecast

Image Credit: Brraaains

Someone with a calendar to hand tell me if it’s been a week since Google’s magical streaming device Chromecast was released. It hasn’t? Fantastic.

Yes, despite the Chromecast having been available for less than a week, devilish developers across the internet have been hacking on the $35 HDMI stick faster than a team of Cyanogen Modders locked up in a Jelly Bean factory.

Of the more fanciful my money goes to this: a gameboy emulator app running natively on the Chromecast, with game controls being sent from a PC or laptop keyboard. The developer behind the hack says there is virtually no lag between entering a control on a keyboard and seeing it received on-screen.

While the emulator itself runs directly on the Chromecast, using CSS and JavaScript, the ROM (read: game) played is hosted in the cloud. This is because, the developer points out “[the] chromecast is, according to Google, designed more as a cloud-based device, where all of your media-things are hosted online.”

Intrigued? You can find out more about the hack at the following Github page:

Chromecast Gameboy Hack

Wondering what a Chromecast is like when it’s not being hacked? Read our in-depth hands-on with the Chromecast.

  • Dave Allen

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    • niagr

      quick! Inflate the first comment with upvotes!

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on this device…Hope it comes soon to India!

  • Ty

    Are you kidding? Chromecast HAS NOT been hacked! It’s just a sample HTML5 app using Chrome Sender API ( )

    Chromecast is based on the same firmware as Google TV, so hacking it would involve a lot of C/C++ code.