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Retroid Pocket 3 Specs [Not Confirmed]

Retroid Pocket 3 The Retroid Pocket 3 was originally expected to be out by early 2022, but we are about halfway through the year with no new information. I asked back in Spring myself and was told it would be out "soon". At this point, nothing should be considered confirmed. All Specs are Speculative for now.  Manufacturer: Moorechip Website: GoRetroid.com   Release Date: Unknown  Form Factor: Landscape OS: Android 9 Emulation Power: Same as Retroid Pocket 2 Plus. No Problems with N64/PSP/DS and ability to run some GameCube/PS2. At this point, their choice of SoC is still speculation.  SoC: UNISOC Tiger T310 CPU: Cortex-A75 (1X), Cortex-A55 (3X) CPU Cores: 4 CPU Threads: 4 CPU Clock: 1.8 GHz- 2.0 GHz Architecture: ARM GPU: PowerVR GE8300 GPU Clock: 800 MHz RAM: 2GB DDR4  Screen: 16:9  4.7" IPS Touch-Screen (1334x750 Resolution) (325.61 PPI) Cooling: Fan, Ventilation  D-pad: Upper Cross Analogs: Dual Lower Thumb-sticks w/ L3/R3 Face Buttons: 4 Shoulder Buttons: 4 Vertical

Retroid Pocket 3 Render Video

  The above video is just a render of the Retroid Pocket 3 but gives you a good idea of what it will might look like.  I'm definitely pre- ordering or ordering an RP3 the moment they become available. The big selling point for me is the probability of a much higher quality build and higher resolution screen. Sadly it's not a 4:3 screen but the increased resolution should be great for Android and Streaming games. From a power standpoint it will be equally powerful as the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus although there may be higher RAM options. Hopefully we hear more soon.  There's no official word on when the RP3 will drop but it should be by late Summer.  Goretroid.com  will be the only place to initially order one. 

GPD XP Plus Crowdfunding Goes Live on 5/30

 I have mixed feelings about GPD with their prices often being a little higher than value but the GPD XP Plus looks to be an interesting handheld gaming option. It does look like a better overall deal than the original XP.  The controller being modular is definitely an interesting yet gimmicky aspect of this fairly powerful Android 11 device. Pre-orders start on the 30th.   MediaTek Dimensity 1200 1 x ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores @ 3 GHz 3 x ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores @ 2.6 GHz 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores @ 2 GHz ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/7051e37f#/

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

Upcoming: Upgrade Your Retroid Pocket 2 to A RP2+

[Update 10/30: Pre-Order Available Now at GoRetroid.com   (Ships by December] https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/10/retroid-pocket-25-pcb-upgrade-and-rp2.html Retroid Pocket 2+ PCB Upgrade DIY FTW Rumors about the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus and the Retroid Pocket 3 have been around since last year. The RP2+ was originally believed to be scrapped due to Overheating Issues but that has all been ironed out and we expect a release in the near future.  RP2+ PCB Upgrade - Screen Capture From Taki II on YouTube https://youtu.be/LEYVqa9F0oo I was a big fan of the Retroid Pocket 2 due to the price. The downside was optimizing it was no easy task. Instead of releasing a new version of the RP2 what the are doing with the RP2+ is releasing a new PCB that you can install yourself which will drastically improve performance. This kind of upgrade is unheard of in the realm of SBC handhelds. There will also be an option to upgrade to a touch screen as well.  https://www.retrokezins.com

Some Contra Returns Screenshots (Android)

I wanted to really like the recently released Contra Returns on Android but just couldn't get into it. It's not very challenging and the long load time every time you start the game takes you out of the moment.  The game does have a lot of content and customization and doesn't really require purchasing anything although purchases heavily promoted throughout the game. For me the biggest problem was that touch screen controls just don't work great with this type of game. I may revisit the game in the future and see if it's been cleaned up or improved though. 

Odin Handheld: Fund or Wait?

The Odin retro handheld from AYN Technologies crowdfunding page (Indiegogo) went live yesterday so a lot of people will be wondering if they should take the risk and fund it now or wait... https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/odin-the-ultimate-gaming-handheld#/ For me, I'm sitting this one out at least for now. The ceiling for the Odin is pretty high as it could end up being a great handheld that can handle up to GameCube and Wii level emulation. I also have to admit the Steam Deck killed a little bit of my excitement for the Odin. Prices on Odin after these "early bird" reserves are finished are expected to rise and that makes the Steam Deck even more attractive in my opinion. We'll just have to see how things go. I genuinely hope Odin does really well but my intuition says that there's a lot of potential red flags here.  Hopefully I'm not sounding too negative here because this could turn out to be an awesome handheld. There's just a lot of unknowns... Onl

Upcoming Retro Android Game: Contra Returns (July 26 Release)

I'm semi-interested in checking out Contra Returns when it releases on Monday although it does appear to potentially be a F2P cash grab style game. Pre-registration does net you some extra items to get you going. The game is also releasing on iOS.  It looks like this game adds to the arcade/console classic with an updated look, online multiplayer options, new characters, many new weapons, new story lines and has 200 levels. That all sounds great but from what I can tell, the extra characters and weapons will possibly be part of a micro-transaction scheme so my hopes aren't real high but it's Contra so I'm still checking it out. It does look good!  From PROXIMA BETA: Contra Returns is a classic side scrolling shooter game Remember the secret code: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to get extra lives? After a 30-year hiatus, the Contra you know and love is back! Developed by famous Japanese game company KONAMI and worl

Retro Games I'm Playing This Week

The nice thing about retro gaming is that there's always something to play... This week I plan to spread my time across a few handhelds and hopefully complete a few games.  Nintendo Switch   The Nintendo Switch is far from my favorite system but I've been playing a lot on it lately. I'm about halfway through Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster so might as well finish it up this week. I picked up the regular digital version last week on sale. The last time I played through the game was roughly 16 years ago on the PS2. The game has aged pretty well for sure and is still a must play for any old school turn-based JRPG fan. I'll likely post a review of the HD Remaster soon.  Anbernic RG351V   I tend to play a lot of Game Boy Advance titles on Anbernic handhelds and am currently punching away at The Legend of Zelda: The Minnish Cap . This is also my second playthrough of the game. Of all the Zelda games over the years,  this one is firmly in

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/

KT R1 Prototype Housing Looks Thinner Than The Retroid Pocket 2

Progress with the KT R1 appears to be happening as some photos of the housing were shared by 'Lei' on Discord.  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/05/updated-developments-with-kt-r1-handheld.html While progress has been slow I think we'll be hearing more and more about this device as summer moves along. Originally seen as the probable main competitor to the Retroid Pocket 2 from last year, the KT R1 will now also be competing with the RP 2.5 and RP3. Price will definitely be a big factor and we don't have a clear idea of pricing for any of these yet.  I definitely like the form quite a bit if this is what the final product ends up like: 

Retroid Pocket 3 Design Screenshots

'Timeisart' recently posted the design screenshots for the Retroid Pocket 3 on Discord and they look interesting. The design appears to have a micro-HDMI out so we can probably assume video out will continue with the RP3 and instead of a weird slider as the right thumb stick, they both appear to be proper thumb sticks this time. Start/Select being on top isn't the greatest choice which could make some old school games awkward but all and all the design looks pretty good.  There's not much in the way of information on the system. I had contacted the company a couple months back who verified the RP3 was in the pre-production phase and should be released at some point this year. (Possibly October)... The main two competitors for this will likely be the KTR1 and "199" Handheld although the likelihood of either of those being released soon seems questionable.  There's also talk of a Retroid Pocket 2.5 being released this year as well. While not everyone loves A

PowKiddy X18S Release Date? End of April...

PowKiddy X18S Goes on Sale at the End of April, 2021.  The highly anticipated PowKiddy X18S was originally believed to be ready for release by March and they delayed until a possible mid-April launch. I shot them a message a few hours back asking about any developments and I was told that it WILL be on sale by the end of this month. No word on exact shipping date but it should be shortly after.  I'm sure the original delays likely had to do with various chips and parts shortages that are well-known.  On paper the X18S blows the X18 out of the water and will give the lower tier GPD devices a run for their money. My main curiosity will be how clean the Android build for the X18S will be. The build was an issue with the X18.  If the X18S running Android 10 stays in the $150 price range as some have guessed it will, it will certainly deserve a look considering it will be powerful enough to emulate Gamecube games etc and should have no problem at all running N64, DS and PSP

Mistplay App Review: Paid To Play Android Games

For curiosity sake I've been testing out the various pay to game apps recently. Cash Alarm I've figured out I can make around $1.50-$2.50 per hour most of the time and it's quickly deposited to PayPal when you cash out.  Mistplay is drastically different in good and bad ways. After messing around with it for a week I'd estimate you can make between $1-$1.50/hour of gaming. Neither are really a career or job move but it is nice to get a little cash back if you are into mobile gaming.  https://mistplay.co/fykiP4YT2db If you'd like to try it out,  hit the above link. If you join up,  I'll receive approximately 12 cents worth of points so the referral value isn't too high here.  The Good   Mistplay for Android has a really sleek and modern UI and also a very wide variety of games to choose from including some that I already play. The payouts take longer to build up than places like Cash Alarm but it at least includes better games. Mistplay also works as a credit

Getting Paid To Play Android Games: Cash Alarm

Get Paid To Play Android Games?  I wasn't sure if the Cash Alarm app was legit or not but it certainly seems to be. Discovered a couple games I actually like on there too.  Like most things in life it's certainly not a get rich quick thing but you can actually make a couple bucks here and a couple bucks there just playing games in the featured section.  While completely optional if you are interested in trying it out I would highly appreciate the help. Anyone using my affiliate link below will also get 25% credit of all the coins I earn and I'll get 25% of yours. That could definitely help me out with site expenses and expanding the blog in the future.  Hey, just found an App that gives you money for playing games! Discover games and apps that suit you. Cash for every minute you're playing (Amazon, PayPal, GooglePlay…)! It is as simple as it sounds: just open the link, download Cash Alarm for free and start playing games. You will receive 4444 coins as a start-up bonus

More Info on the KT R1 Console

I'm definitely keeping an eye on the KT R1. It looks somewhat like a knockoff of the Retroid Pocket 2 but drastically more powerful. I assumed the R1 was just vaporware but it sounds like it might be legitimately in production soon.  Obscure Handhelds posted some updated info on it. Link below. I'm not sure how interested I'll be at $200 if that's the price but I'm interested enough to keep a close eye on developments.  Link below: https://obscurehandhelds.com/2020/12/the-kt-r1-could-be-the-one-youre-waiting-for/

Retroid Pocket 2 Is Still A Steal For $80

Retroid Pocket 2 For $80 you really can't beat what the Retroid Pocket 2 offers especially with Android added into the mix.  I'm really digging the new N64 inspired color schemes. The only thing I don't like about the colors is that they weren't available back when I ordered two of the consoles.  The RP2 is definitely NOT for people who are pure beginners to emulation or people not willing to put in a lot of time tweaking settings.  Can't wait to see how things shake out when the Android 8 update on the system is ironed out. For now its highly suggested to stick with Android 6.