On Saturday, a popular Youtuber named Stacksmashing released a video showing him hacking a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy to break bitcoin. Despite the creativity and the fact that the miner only uses four dual-A batteries, Stacksmashing noted that the 8-bit handheld game console was not as powerful as today’s modern mining rig.
Mining Bitcoin With a Game Boy
Four years ago, created a few interesting methods to break and connect to the Bitcoin network. For example, bitcoiner Ken Shirriff, who is known for having the bitcoin symbol added to Unicode, had shown the world how he could break bitcoin with an old Xerox Alto.
The computer is a classic and the first computer to add a graphical user interface (GUI) back in 1973. In addition, in 2015 Shirriff also mined bitcoin with a 55-year-old IBM 1401. In addition to Shirriff’s retro mining experiments, there was another person in 2013, a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) developed a miner.
Stacksmashing’s latest video on Youtube utilizes an 8-bit handheld game console from 1989, known as Game Boy. Like the NES miner, Stacksmashing had to connect the Game Boy to a Raspberry Pi and use the handheld Link Port to connect directly to the BTC network.
He also used GBDK, an open source Game Boy development kit written in the C programming language. Stacksmashing also took advantage of a SHA256 implementation from open source firmware created by Trezor hardware wallet manufacturers.
Stacksmashing then managed to connect the Game Boy to the Bitcoin (BTC) network, and he said he could even hear the 31-year-old machine hashing away. Jokingly, Youtuber noted that the Game Boy with four dual-A batteries is less excessive than power used by traditional miners.
Game Boy is much slower than today’s traditional miners
The Nintendo device managed to process 0.8 hashes per second (0.0008 kilohash) and Stacksmashing emphasized that today’s machines make around 100 terashash per second (TH / s).
This means that Game Boys’ speed was “off by a factor of around 125 trillion,” stressed Stacksmashing. A single BTC would take a few quadrillion years to utilize the classic Game Boy.
Not only does Stacksmashing teach someone how to assemble a Game Boy bitcoin miner, but Youtuber also gives the viewer some education on how bitcoin blocks are mined.
With a little ingenuity and innovation, people can really mine bitcoin with anything that crunches numbers. Ken Shirriff once explained that although it is not practical at all, someone can mine bitcoin with pencil and paper.
Nevertheless, Shirriff managed to extract 0.67 hashes per day compared to Game Boys 0.8 hashes per second.
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