I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this coming at all; a Raspberry Pi with a major hardware upgrade! It looks just like the Raspberry Pi B+ model, but this time it features an A7 quad core processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Meaning that modern operating systems can be run on this, rather than the slow version of Debian that was used on the previous versions.
Even more unexpected is Microsoft declaring that they’ll be releasing a Raspberry Pi friendly version of the upcoming Windows 10 for free! It won’t be the same as the retail edition for desktops, but it amazing that Microsoft is being very buddy-buddy with the Raspberry Pi community.
So what does this all mean then? One thing I remember about playing around with the Raspberry Pi for the first time was noticing that not all the emulators were not terribly accurate. Playing Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 games on it were fine, but playing NES games on it had weird sound issues. The emulators were not always ones you heard of; Sure there was Stella and DOSBox, but the NES, Mega Drive and Amiga ones were made by people who wanted to make an emulator just for the Raspberry Pi with varying results. But seeing as this new Raspberry Pi 2 can run Ubuntu and Windows 10, you can run emulators that you actually know and will have better results than what the previous Raspberry Pi can do.
The Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft now is going to be made redundant seeing as you can run the actual desktop version of the game on the new Raspberry Pi with Windows 10.
So who will purchase this new Raspberry Pi 2? That will be to anyone who was a bit disappointed in the previous models. The new processor and 1 GB of RAM will make more people buy this than the Model B and B+. But if you’re into electronics as a hobby, and been using the Raspberry Pi as a means to tinker with things like a rudimentary Arduino, there isn’t much there that’s improved. The Model B+’s extended GPIO is still on there, you need more pins you’ll have to purchase a P/IO board or just use a Arduino. Improvements in hardware definitely, but it won’t mean anything to the electronics hobbyist.
So what do you think of the new Raspberry Pi 2? Want to get one? What will you emulate on it? Tell me in the comments below!