Sad news but ArkOS will no longer be supporting Anbernic's 351 devices (351P/351M/351V). This could be a big blow to Anbernic and the newly released RG351V leaving the firmware options between the stock firmware, one ArkOS release, 351ELEC, Batocera or TheRA. As things stand at the moment I feel like the custom firmware Retro Arcade is the most promising for the 351V. It is nice that ArkOS will go ahead and still release one firmware for the 351V though.
My personal opinion is that ArkOS is the top firmware option for the 351P/M as it is significantly better (while still flawed) with DS, PSP Dreamcast and N64 emulation than the other options.
Please be aware that by the end of this month, I will no longer be further developing or providing updates to ArkOS for the 351P/M. While on the surface, the unit has some nice features, the internal design choices made by Anbernic (mostly with their decision to use an internal USB game controller) for this SOC have proved to be problematic for ongoing support than I care to continue to try to resolve or continue to workaround in ArkOS for this device. I will continue to develop and update ArkOS for the OGA 1.0, OGA 1.1(BE), RGB10, and the RK2020. I will deliver ArkOS for the 351V as it’s mostly done, however, it will just be one version that I do not plan to develop or update further once testing is complete and a final image is made available. I will create a final image for the 351 P/M by the the end of the month as well that will include all online updates that were made available up to that point.
While I feel ArkOS for the 351P/M in it’s current form will suffice for the devices capability for sometime, if you’d like to see further development for this unit, checkout 351Elec, Batocera, or TheRA.
Thanks to the community for the support of making ArkOS what it is today.
***Update 12/4: The "Official" price from Anbernic has come down a bit from this and is $226.99 + Shipping. Still a bit over-priced in my opinion...I'm still taking a pass on this one at least for now. Price I'd Want To Pay Given All Info & Recent Developments with Competition: $159.99-$179.99. It will be available for purchase at the end of the day on 12/5. Anbernic.com The Anbernic RG552 (RG-552) finally got a price at $246 + $20 Shipping to US and will be released on December 20. It's not as high as some estimates (rumors) were but I think it's still ridiculously overpriced and gets a hard pass from me. Running old Android 7.1 and specs that simply don't warrant this type of price gets a very hard pass from me. The RG552 is officially off my watch list. The price from Anbernic site on the 20th could be a little less. If the price had been under $200, it might worth a thought, but this is just way too high. In general, I'm a
Screenshot from Taki's RP2 Plus Video (YouTube) If you have any interest in the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus ($99), you definitely need to check out Taki's latest in-depth YouTube video! The stock Firmware looks like a huge improvement this time around and it should be a lot easier to setup than the original RP2 which was on the difficult side for setup. Add in improved buttons, a drastically more powerful processor, Android 9 optimization, and a touchscreen, I really don't see any reason to not buy this handheld at $99. For $99 ... at least on paper, this is the best thing that has happened in the budget priced handheld realm in a while... The RP2 Plus can be pre-ordered now for $99 + Shipping! Units are expected to ship out by December. https://www.goretroid.com/products/retroid-pocket-2-plus-handheld-retro-gaming-system
The PowKiddy RGB10 Max 2 aka just "Max 2" is here with a new and interesting look, 3 shell color options, curved ergonomics, but with the same old processor and Mono speakers. At this point I'm pretty worn out on RK3326 devices as I'm sure a lot of you are but this is still an option for obsessive collectors or someone new to RK3326. I do have to admit it looks interesting... https://powkiddy.com/products/powkiddy-max2-retro-open-source-system-rgb10-max-2-handheld-game-console-rk3326-5-0-inch-ips-screen-3d-rocker-childrens-gift Specs (From PowKiddy) Features Screen: 5.0 inch IPS OCA screen, Resolution:854*480 Color: Black/Orange/Panda OS: Open Source Linux CPU: RK3326 quad-core 1.5GHz RAM: DDR3L,1GB Function: Support WIFI/Bluetooth Charging time:2.5H Games: Perfectly support N64/PS/CPS/NEOGEO/GBA/FC/SFC/MD/NDS... Language: English and Chinese Battery: Li-polymer 4200mAh TF card: 64GB,Support TF card max to 256GB Support: OTG/Type-C