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Review: GameForce RK3326 Handheld (CHI)

Overall Score - 8.3/10 There's a lot to like about the GameForce and some things to not like but the high res 4:3 screen on a horizontal RK3326 device with awesome ergonomics make this one a great 4:3 option just slightly behind the 351V overall .  GameForce Gaming Handheld CPU: ROCK-CHIP RK3326 Quad-core Cortex-A35 up to 1.5Ghz GPU: Mali-G31MP2 Memory: 1GB DDR3L Screen: 3.45 inches TFT IPS screen, non OCA Resolution 640X480, Response time 10-15ms, Viewing angle 85 degree Charge and Data port: USB-Type C Charging voltage: 5V. 2A Battery: 3000 mAh Memory Card support: TF card, up to 512GB WiFi: WiFi Built-in, 2.4Ghz band Backlights: 7 Colors LEDs Dual Speakers Dual Joysticks (ALPS, same as PS VITA) Dual Vibration Motors System: EmuELEC and RetroArch (Officially supported by EmuELEC with a 4.1 build specific to the GameForce) Scores are always fairly arbitrary when going from reviewer to reviewer and subjective. I often debate whether to even use them but 8.3/10 is my est

GameForce RK3326 Order Site Up

Edited I've been looking forward to the GameForce releasing for a while now and it can finally be ordered at the link below for $95 plus $15-$30 shipping placing it at and slightly above the RG351V depending where you live which is $108.99 (including shipping) in price. It's pretty late in the RK3326 game but the GameForce does offer a 4:3 screen (TFT), dual thumb sticks and a horizontal orientation as possible reasons to buy instead of a 351V for those who weren't interested in the vertical design.  GameForce.fun To me the negative may be price. I was expecting a price around $89.99 and was hoping that would include shipping. This system is pretty unique and has a lot of potential though. The backlit buttons are a nice thing we haven't seen with these retro handhelds.  Gameforce.fun   Final Specs:  CPU: ROCK-CHIP RK3326 Quad-core Cortex-A35 up to 1.5Ghz  GPU: Mali-G31MP2 Memory: 1GB DDR3L Screen: 3.45 inches TFT IPS screen, Resolution 640X480, Respon

GameForce RK3326 Almost Ready For Sale

UPDATE:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/05/gameforce-rk3326-order-site-up.html I've been hyped for the GameForce RK3326 for a while now. From the sounds of the chatter on the topic, it looks like it will be on sale very soon. It will reportedly be available at the URL gameforce.fun .  Screenshot from Discord While this handheld is a little late to the RK3326 chip game it still has a few things going for it including form factor (it looks very ergonomic), unique look, light up buttons you can turn on or off and it will be the only not vertical RK3326 with a 4:3 screen. The last I heard the screen was plastic laminate not glass but the price was rumored to launch at $89.99. Hopefully it sticks to that price range.  Over the past few months they've tweaked the build a bit with a different d-pad. Another reason I'm highly interested in this handheld is that it was designed and put together by an individual (Gao Feng) not a company so it will be nice to support a m

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 GameForc

GameForce RK3326 Available After Chinese New Year

It looks like the GameForce RK3326 handheld console will be available right after the Chinese New Year at the price of $89.99 at the site GameForce.Fun . The shop is not currently live but should be in the near future.  The main competition coming out at or around the same time will be the Anbernic RG351V (price not known yet). 

New GameForce RK3326 Unboxing Video

Still no word on pricing but another GameForce RK3326 video has surfaced on YouTube.  Hit the link for the video. I have to admit I like the strange green color over the original gray.  https://youtu.be/tD1F0zL08K0 SPECS from RGHandhelds: https://www.rghandhelds.com/post/zpg-pro-rk3326 GameForce 3.5inch 640×480 4:3 IPS display Dual analogue sticks (or maybe sliders) Dedicated hardware buttons for volume Dedicated Start and Select buttons Dual front facing stereo speakers R1/L1 as well as R2/L2 triggers Dedicated Home button (perhaps indicates that Android was considered for this handheld at some point) Currently runs either EmuELEC or Retrobox. CPU RK3326 + built in WiFi, 3 to 4 colours planned. Battery between 2500-3000mah

Upcoming Handheld Game Consoles (December 2020/ January 2021)

2020 has been an exciting time for emulation systems and it looks like we'll be headed into 2021 with some momentum to with a few systems still yet to be out before the end of the year. Here's what's likely available soon:  Digidock 2 Gameforce RK3326 DragonBox Pyra GKD Mini FunKey S ESP32 Mini Game Box RG351M (Rumored Dec/January) GPD Win 3 (Pre-Orders start in January).   I'd love to test them all but if I was choosing interest just for myself personally I'm keeping an eye on the Digidock 2 mainly for the DIY factor where you can set it up with your choice of hardware and software. Is it worth the cost? I don't have the answer for that yet.  The Gameforce RK3326 interests me mainly on aesthetics at this point.  The RG351M will be a day 1 purchase for me as soon as Abernic makes it available. 

Handheld Watchlist: Gameforce RK3326

Word on the street is that the Gameforce RK3326 should be appearing for sale at some point during the next 2 weeks.  Its definitely on my watchlist so I'm just waiting to see the price point. If money was no object I'd buy every handheld but unfortunately it definitely is an object at a certain point.  What really attracts me to the Gameforce is the aesthetic more than the specs. The specs are by no means overwhelming but 640x480 on an RK3326 system certainly makes it an option.  If the price is right I'll probably order one just for the looks. Most GBA-ish style consoles look terrible. This one looks great from the few images and videos I have seen.  Obscure Handhelds had a nice WRITE-UP on it a couple months back worth reading. Image below from the article.  https://obscurehandhelds.com/2020/10/the-gameforce-rk3326-handheld-looks-like-a-gba-descendant/