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Upcoming Budget Retro Handhelds On My Radar

If 2021 is anything like 2020 was,  it will be another great year for retro handheld gaming. I was looking forward to reviewing the Anbernic RG351V soon but 8 days after ordering I don't think it has even shipped out yet...

With that said,  there are definitely some other options on my radar. Everything listed below are options I'm considering purchasing at some point. 

GameForce RK3326


Yet another RK3326 ... but this one has a proper 4:3 aspect screen joining the 351V as the only RK3326 devices with a good screen ratio for retro gaming. The last I heard, the GameForce was in mass production and would likely sell for $89.99. The console itself looks kind of weird but it also looks likely to be ergonomic and comfortable to use. 

The negatives with the GameForce seem to be that the screen is plastic not glass and no clickable sticks neither of which is a total deal breaker in the sub $100 category. Hopefully the release date will happen soon. Functionally the GameForce is not really necessary as it's nearly outdated before it comes out but I do like the idea of supporting a more independent developer by buying one when it comes out. 

The rumor is that the GF will be sold at the URL gameforce.fun but nothing is live as of yet. 

Retroid Pocket 3

With the success of the Retroid Pocket 2, there will most likely be a Retroid Pocket 3 at some point in 2021. There are rumors swirling around about it but nothing solid. If they increase the onboard storage or go to a dual micro SD slot setup and add in touch screen this time,  it will be a day one buy for me. 

MicroByte

I'm not the biggest fan of the micro systems due to having large hands but the MicroByte certainly looks interesting for the open hardware DIY fans. 



Non Budget 

There are a few pricier (non Budget) options coming out in the near future like the PowKiddy X18S (which had been delayed to mid-April), the mysterious 199 Handheld running Android 10, the KT R1 which appears to be like a Retroid Pocket 2 on steroids, PiBoy CM4X, and the PiBoy XRS. 






Last 30 Days

Miyoo P60: Upcoming Handheld I'm Interested In The Most

  There are quite a few handhelds still coming out this year, but none have my interest as much as the Miyoo P60 due to pocketability and Miyoo's dedication to improving their products.  Prior to the Miyoo Mini, I didn't have a lot of confidence in products that Miyoo was involved in like the PocketGo S30 and BittBoy handhelds, but they've proven they are invested in supporting their products with the Mini which has drastically improved since the day it released.  While a lot of companies like Anbernic  have products that have crept up into premium level pricing, the P60 looks to be headed towards budget pricing and will likely compete with the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus and Retroid Pocket 3.    We've been talking about the P60 for a while now too. It seems the delay in release has to do with Miyoo ironing out some software issues which is honestly great news. Most of these companies don't care if the software works or not. Miyoo seems invested in making better products.

Review: Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) (Retro Game Handheld)

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus $99 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) Initial Review Model: Indigo (GameCube Inspired) Pre-Ordered: 10/30/2021 Shipped: 12/16/2021 Received: 1/5/2022 Initial Review: 1/12/2022 Price Paid: $99 + Shipping  GoRetroid.com Overall Initial Score: 9.3/10 (A) (Price Weighted Very Heavily with all Grades). I plan to revisit this review within a couple months with further findings and as new options become available for the device. This is an initial review based on one long week of heavy use. In the realm of "budget" handhelds, the RP2+ now officially replaces the Anbernic RG351V as my favorite budget option. The 351V was my favorite for the vast majority of 2021. It will be very tough to beat the value of the RP2+ in 2022.  The Good 👍Significantly improved Saturn, Dreamcast, DS & N64 Performance!! 👍Improved Buttons 👍Drastically Improved Firmware/UI 👍No More Retroid OS 👍Setup Is Easy The Bad 👎Right Slider Is Awful 👎Screen Is "Meh" In

Anbernic RG503 Review [Stock OS]

Anbernic RG503 Review [Stock OS] *Note: These are Initial Out of the Box Findings! I plan to do a more thorough review when the custom OS/Firmware Options for this device are more ready.  In short,  what you are paying for with the RG503 is a big screen and a nice D-pad!  Anbernic RG503 Review Anbernic RG503 Specs Device: Anbernic RG503  Released: April 2022 Average Price: $135-$150 USD Stock OS: Custom Batocera Linux  Form Factor: Landscape SoC: RK3566 CPU: Cortex A55 4X CPU Cores/Threads: 4/4 CPU Clock Speed: 1.8GHz Architecture: ARM GPU: Mali-G52 2EE GPU Clock Speed: 850 MHz RAM: 1GB LPDDR4 Screen: PlayStation Vita 1000/1001 Screen/16:9/ 4.95" OLED/ 960x544 (222.91 PPI) w/ Plastic Screen Lens  Battery 3500 mAH Cooling: None D-Pad: Upper Cross Analogs: Lower Dual Thumb-stick w/ R3/L3 Function Face Buttons: 4 Shoulder Buttons: Horizontol non-Stacked L1/L2/R1/R2 Other Buttons: Power/Reset/Volume Up & Down/Function  Charge Port: USB-C x2 (Top) Storage: Dual External microSD  Co

KT-R1 Is Now The KT-R1C

KT-R1 Render From 2020 It does look like the KT-R1 is still coming out but as the KT-R1C. The SD845 Version has officially been scrapped and replaced with the KT-R1C (Possibly 2 versions), one of which will sell for approximately $141 and release in March (tentatively)... Rumors have the new version running T610/T618 with two screen options (one the same screen as the Anbernic RG552) according to Lei on the RGHANDHELDS.COM Discord chat. If this price range sticks,  this could end up being much better than the Anbernic RG552 and still run up to GameCube.  I'm planning to keep a close eye on developments over the next couple months with this handheld. We've been talking about it since 2020, so hopefully it's successful.  Specs posted by Vaidotas on RGHANDHELDS.COM  Discord 

Anbernic RG503: Working On The Review

Review Posted:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2022/06/anbernic-rg503-review-stock-os.html  I should be posting my review and notes on the Anbernic RG503 this upcoming weekend in a couple days. So far,  I honestly like it more than I thought I would and my score is leaning towards somewhere between a 7/10 and 8/10... For the price of around $135, I'm not overjoyed but I'm not disappointed with the purchase.  At the moment. I'd recommend it for the following:  ARCADE/Lynx/Atari 2600/PC Engine/NES/SNES/GBA/Virtual Boy/SMS/GG/32X/Mega Drive/Sega CD/PS1/Watching Videos I do NOT think it's a good option for the following:  DS/N64/PSP/Saturn The things I do like about it so far is the screen (despite below average upscaling options), Connectivity Options, Watching Videos on it and the size.