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RG351V: AmberELEC 20220627 Sanshiro Tower Available

  The latest update to AmberELEC is out and highly recommended.  Decided to take a break from newer devices this week and check out the latest update to AmberELEC (Previously known as 351Elec) on the RG351V with a fresh install of the latest AmberELEC (20220627 Sanshiro Tower).  This version of AmberELEC is also available for the RG351P/M, RG351MP, & RG552.  Download the latest AmberELEC files from the following link or update via WiFi on the device:  https://github.com/AmberELEC/AmberELEC/releases I also decided to use PortMaster (developed by the ArkOS developer) instead of AnberPorts which I had used previously.  Some games, you'll get considerably better performance out of the Linux port than you will from emulating a console ROM.  https://github.com/christianhaitian/PortMaster The latest update to AmberELEC includes a lot of changes. The biggest I've noticed is that loading times are noticeably faster on the 351V from what I've checked out so far.  Improvements Inc

Anbernic Win600 Specs (Assumed)

  Win600 [Photo from Liliputing.com ] Anbernic Win600 Assumed (Not Officially Confirmed) Specs As Of June 2022:  Release Date: Unknown (Pre-Order/Pre-Sale At Some Point in 2022) Orientation: Landscape SKUs: At Least 2 Emulation Performance: Should Handle Up to Wii/GameCube Well & Some PS2/3DS ... OS: Dual Boot - Windows 10/Steam OS SoC: AMD 3020E, AMD Athlon Silver 3050E CPU: AMD Zen (2 Cores) CPU Threads: 2 (3020E), 4 (3050E) CPU Clock: 1.2 GHz-2.6 GHz (3020E), 1.4-2.8 GHz (3050E) Architecture Type: x86-64 (Anbernic's First Handheld of This Type) GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 GPU Clock Speed: 1.0 GHz RAM: 6GB DDR4 Storage: Internal Only (No microSD)😩 Screen: 16:9 6" IPS Touch-Screen  Cooling: Fan, Heating, Air Vents D-pad: Upper Cross Analogs: Lower Dual Thumb-sticks with L3/R3 Face Buttons: 4 Shoulders: L1,R1,L2,R2 (Vertical Placement) Additional Controls: Mouse/Gamepad Switch, On-screen Keyboard Button, Menu, Windows,Home, Power, Reset, Volume +/- Buttons Charging: USB-C (

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

Anbernic RG353P Release Date: June 18, 2022

  Anbernic RG353P (Release [Or Pre-Order]: June 18) Price: $129.99 + ($139.99 after June 18) Pre-Sale Link (Live on June 18):  https://anbernic.com/products/anbernic-rg353p If all goes as planned, the RG353P which closely resembles the PocketGo S30 shell should be available for purchase on June 18.  The likely first dropping spot is Anbernic.com and the Official Anbernic Store on AliExpress.  I'll likely sit this device out a little while as I'm hoping Anbernic will eventually drop the 353V (Vertical). There's no official word about that news so that is just a Speculative guess from me that they are likely to drop a new vertical soon.  From a power standpoint, the 353P should be a little better than the RG503 due to community developers having more time with it prior to release and having 2GB RAM instead of the 1GB on the 503. If optimized, the 353P should be able to handle up to PSP decently but it will not outperform the $99 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus. The 353P unlike the 503

My Anbernic RG503 Is Arriving Tomorrow

 I had originally taken a soft pass on getting the Anbernic RG503 but changed my mind and decided to give the handheld a look. Perhaps it was the latest RetroArena video that changed my mind plus the fact that I like the look of the 353P even less than this one... https://www.retrokezins.com/2022/05/why-anbernic-rg503-gets-pass-from-me.html Regardless, I'll be checking it out this week and posting my impressions on it. I don't expect to like this handheld but I have surprised myself in the past with some buys. The OLED screen will likely be the main thing I like about this one. 

New Anbernic RG353V Image Floating Around

 A new image of the Rumored RG353V is floating around. It closely resembles the original RG353 patent so it could be close to real. I expect to hear something official in the near future. Anbernic has been working on this one since last year.  I'm not a fan of the thumb-stick placement on this but I am a sucker for verticals and this would be a more powerful handheld than the 351V. With the same SoC as the RG503, we'd have a vertical handheld capable of running N64, Vita and Dreamcast With No Problem.  Original Rumor:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/10/updated-rg-351v-with-dual-thumbsticks.html Image Source:  https://www.reddit.com/r/SBCGaming/comments/v5xhhx/what_will_rg353v_look_like/

Anbernic RG353 Photo Leak? Maybe...

*Update:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2022/06/anbernic-rg353p-specs-now-officially.html *Update: A Second Image Has Surfaced and has been confirmed by multiple sources. Looks like it is real after all and officially called the RG353P... it is expected to have the same SoC as the RG503 and run Android/Linux.    https://retrododo.com/anbernic-rg353p/  The last time I heard anything about a possible Anbernic RG353, it looked like a vertical handheld. A very blurry and pixelated photo has now appeared that's possibly the planned RG353. Looks like a knockoff of the PocketGo S30 and if that's the case,  it gets a hard pass from me. The S30 was not very ergonomic at all.  The screen in this blurry photo looks like a 4:3 so it could be a different shell but there's no legitimate information behind any of this... just a wild rumor at this point.  If it is real,  I'm assuming the leaked photo is blurry because the handheld doesn't exist yet...  https://www.retrokezins.com/202

Why The Anbernic RG-503 Gets A Soft Pass From Me

Anbernic RG-503 https://anbernic.com/products/anbernic-rg503 I thought about picking up the latest Anbernic handheld but there's just not any need for it in my mind. I think it could be a decent or average option for newcomers to the retro handheld scene though. The big plus of the RG-503 is this is the first handheld in this class that uses an OLED screen (very likely the same exact screen that was on the Vita) and they did finally use a different SoC than the played out RK3326 devices but performance-wise you still aren't getting enough of an upgrade to be worth the $150 and up this is selling for. I'm hoping this translates into other future handhelds jumping on the OLED screens. The biggest issue I have with the RG-503 is that the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus is a lot more powerful and useful at $50 less. The RG503 ends up being sort of an oddball handheld that's lost somewhere between low end budget devices and mid-level handhelds. The other issue is that the RG-503 is s

Anbernic Win 10 Handheld Design Look Leaked

We've known that an Anbernic Windows 10 device has been in development for a while,  but this is the first time I've seen a design render. This image has been circulating via Taki.  A good look at the stacked shoulders:   https://liliputing.com/2022/01/anbernic-may-be-developing-a-windows-handheld-gaming-pc.html At this point. I'm not sure how excited I am about the device considering Anbernic's pricing trends continue to skyrocket with each new handheld. Hopefully they come back down to reasonable MSRP or I'll likely ignore this handheld like I did with the RG552.  There's not much in the way of specs or potential information on this one yet,  but I'm sure we will be getting some real information very soon... Anbernic.com  

Official RG552 Unveiling (Anbernic)

  The Anbernic RG552 is finally here and honestly looks good. I expect the build quality, face buttons and d-pad to be high quality like most Anbernic handhelds but they priced the handheld so high that my interest has been erased unless it drops considerably in the future.  At this point, the 552 is a "wait and see" kind of handheld for me. I've already moved on...

Anbernic Flash Sale 11.11 (Retro Handhelds)

https://anbernic.com/pages/anbernic1111 It looks like Anbernic.com is having a Flash Sale on 11/11 including 10% off one handheld or 12% off two which is an ok discount. Anbernic doesn't run Flash Sales very often and I definitely prefer ordering straight from them over resellers and distributors. It's a good idea to keep a close eye on the prices as sometimes prices are increased right before the sale making it a wash.  *Clicking on the above link or purchasing anything from it does not benefit me at all. 

Buy The Retroid Pocket 3 or Anbernic RG-552 (Very Early Thoughts)?

Anbernic RG-552 or Retroid Pocket 3?  We have definitely reached the point in retro handhelds where no one has the time and/or money to pick them all up. Between the Retroid Pocket 3 and the Anbernic RG-552, I'm likely picking one of the two up at some point (probably not at launch for either but at some point next year). These two handhelds will likely be strong competitors. I'm leaning RG-552 for the screen but we'll see... I'll already be fairly busy this December/January/February with the Steam Deck, and Retroid Pocket 2 Plus.  Price Final prices are not confirmed yet.  Release Dates Anbernic RG-552 is expected to become available for order/pre-order as soon as November 11, 2021 but that is not confirmed. Retroid Pocket 3 is also expected to become available for order and/or pre-order at some point in November.  Screen (Winner = RG-552)   For the moment I'm leaning towards the Anbernic RG-552 due to the fact that in 4:3, you'll get about 4.7 inch

Anbernic Win 10 Handheld Being Developed (Windows 10)

According to Jutleys (a very trustworthy source in this realm) from Rghandhelds.com , Anbernic like PowKiddy is working on a Windows 10 handheld.  I certainly wouldn't expect a Steam Deck caliber handheld from Anbernic or anything but we might get something interesting that competes with the GPD devices. At the moment there's very little information to go off other than they are indeed developing something... List of Upcoming Handhelds:  https://www.retrokezins.com/p/upcoming-handhelds.html

Android on RG351 P/M/V? Yes Please

While it's an early build in testing, 351Droid is pretty exciting news as another custom firmware option for the RG351P, RG351M and RG351V.  Android Gaming isn't for everyone of course but when you already have some of the premium Android apps it's certainly convenient. I haven't had a chance to dive deep into this option but I have a slow week coming up and this gives me something extra to do.  Check out the breakdown on RetroGameCorps:  https://retrogamecorps.com/2021/07/04/introducing-351droid-for-rg351p-rg351m-and-rg351v/

RG351V: Added Custom Buttons From SakuraRetroModding w/ Internal Photos

The Anbernic RG351V has quickly become my most used budget dedicated retro handheld. While I definitely like the "Wood Boy" look, it needed a little something extra and SakuraRetroModding doesn't disappoint. I ordered a set of Playstation style face buttons from his Etsy shop and one set of the repositionable stickers. I probably could have got a Playstation themed Bezel sticker but I like keeping the Anbernic logo visible to give credit where credit is due.  It does feel like I get a little better action out of these buttons for some reason than the stock buttons and they also have a textured feel to them so are far less slick feeling than the originals. The stock buttons occasionally felt like they were about to stick but these don't. The face buttons are the same size as 351P/M buttons too.  I used the rubber from a 351P with the new buttons so that may account for some of the better action although I'm not positive since there's no noticeable difference be

RG351V: New SakuraRetroModding Themes

Looks like SakuraRetroModding has added some new options to the RG351V modding face-lifts available.  I have ordered twice from the SRM store on Etsy and have been impressed with the quality, packaging, marketing, etc. You are definitely definitely getting a quality product with a lot of nice touches to the transaction. It looks like I might have to place another order soon. Check out the store at the link below.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SakuraRetroModding

RG351V: SEGA CD Emulation Settings For The Screen

RG351V SEGA CD Settings  (Stock Firmware)  Other Systems: TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine This post's intended audience is newcomers to Anbernic devices. If you are an emulation veteran and used a 351P/M before there's probably not much here for you. If I had to grade SEGA CD performance on the 351V using optimized setting it would get a 9/10 score from me.  Out of the box with no adjustments at all to the settings, SEGA CD runs a little funky on the 351V but that can all be adjusted easily. In general on a tiny screen I generally avoid using shades (personal preference) but using one is almost necessary particularly for games like Batman Returns in the driving sequences. There are multiple ways to adjust settings but the easiest and most reliable way is to just go to PER SYSYEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION and set up custom options for every system.  The settings I use: MAIN MENU>GAME SETTINGS>PER SYSTEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION>SEGA CD Emulator- Auto Your opt

Early Look at the RG351V by Taki Udon on YouTube

The first early look from someone not Anbernic at the Anbernic RG351V comes from Taki Yudon on YouTube.  Pretty interesting in-depth look at the new handheld. I ordered one on Saturday so will just be waiting to get my hands on it. Personally I think this will end up being king of the RK3326 handhelds and at this point there are a lot of them. I love the form factor, the proper 4:3 screen and the dual micro SD slots. In my opinion, dual slots should be standard on these devices at this points. Single slots are harder to develop for and less convenient for loading up ROMs.  The main negative with the 351V is the mono speaker. At the price of $108.99 stereo sound should have been an option.  All in all this will be a nice replacement for the RG300 which now sells for an average price of $49.99.  Video link below:  https://youtu.be/vqeXysZFVDI

Official Debut of RG351V

The "official" unveiling on the RG351V was posted by Anbernic earlier. Sales will go live on March 1st.  The return to a proper 4:3 aspect ratio for retro gaming and Dual SD card slots is a big selling point. Not sure what the cost will be yet... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ctnUAICCP98 RG351V

Soulja Boy Claims to Have Designed a Video Game Console... again.

It looks like Soulja Boy is back claiming to have designed a video game console (which he didn't design) to sell for a big upmark.   It didn't take internet sleuths long to find the console which is just one of Anbernic's basic boxes. Hopefully not many people fall for this bizarre scheme...  Twitter find by Retrododo.com .  This isn't the first time he's claimed to have designed a game console that he really didn't. Very reminiscent of the electric bicycle he had also claimed to have designed but just imported. It's definitely bizarre but I'd assume he keeps doing these schemes because people must be falling for it.  https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/9/18130498/soulja-boy-video-game-console-nintendo