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Retroid Pocket 2 Plus: First In-Depth Look by Taki (YouTube)

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

Odroid Go Advance Black Friday Sale

Odroid Go Advance Black Friday Sale! HardKernel has temporarily dropped the price on two models of the Odroid Go Advance retro handheld down to $29.50 which is close to a steal on its own...  Unfortunately shipping from South Korea will raise up that price quite a bit depending on where you live. Shipping to where I'm at adds $26 making it a $55.50 buy which is still an "OK"  price for this capable handheld that you assemble yourself. I think i paid $55 + Shipping when I bought one. If I didn't already have one, this current price would be tempting.  I checked to see if the US Distributor ( Ameridroid.com ) had the same deal going on and they don't. Current price for an OGA there is $69.95 + Shipping.  This post does not contain any affiliate links and I do not benefit if you make a purchase.  https://www.hardkernel.com/shop/odroid-go-advance-black-edition-clear-white/ Odroid Go Advance Black Edition  https://www.har

Kickstarter: Retro Dreamer G4A CM4 by My Retro Game Case LIVE

It looks like the Kickstarter for the Retro Dreamer (GBA Shell Aesthetic with 4 face buttons) handheld is now live and units should ship out by the end of the year. The project quickly reached double the funding goal on the first day and "rewards" slots are quickly filling up. If you want one you'll have to make a decision on this quickly.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eddietay/retro-dreamer-g4a-cm4-by-my-retro-game-case Pledges range from $2 to just support the project to $200 (which includes 2x DIY kits). A fully assembled ready to play out of the box runs about $167.   I currently have a G32 ESP32 handheld by MRGS that I enjoy playing although the firmware options on that device are a little frustrating but for the price i was definitely satisfied with the buy. I think a big reason to support the Kickstarter project for the G4A CM4 is that Eddie is an active member of the community who always responds to questions and supports the spirit of DIY proj

PowKiddy Q20 Mini Review

It took about 3 weeks to receive the PowKiddy Q20 Mini from the official PowKiddy store but now have had a lot of extensive hands on time with it. I opted for the Orange model which I think looks a little better.  Overall 6.5/10 "BELOW Average" If you are looking for something very casual this might be an "ok" option but you'd better off buying something like the PowKiddy V90 or waiting for this one to drop a little in price. This handheld is not ergonomic at all for extended gaming sessions but not bad in short bursts. It's a decent option for 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. Out of the box I'd certainly recommend it for NeoGeo/Arcade gaming (horizontal games), SEGA Genesis, SMS, and PC Engine emulation. Anything else requires Custom Firmware (CFW) for a decent experience.  The Good   👍The same CFW options that work with the V90/Q90/PocketGo works with this one.  👍The screen is bright with good color

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

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

TRIMUi Model S Review (Micro Retro Handheld)

TRIMUi Model S  Aka PowKiddy A66 *Update: The original score here is using stock firmware. With hard work from Shaun Inman and others using custom workarounds (MinUI, GMenuNX), I bumped the score on this handheld up to 7/10. The work done on this handheld by community developers has drastically improved it over time.  *Update August 2021 3D Printing Option to Improve D-Pad:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/08/mod-find-powkiddy-a66-trimui-model-s-d.html *Prounounced like Trim-U.I.* Due to the nature of this type of handheld,  my review score is broken down 3 ways. If you aren't interested in tinkering with this one quite a bit to get it going I'd avoid buying one. If you do like having to mess around with systems it does have some value. Review based on the console as it stands at the end of February, 2021. There's always the possibility it could get better.  Out of the Box: 3/10 Latest Firmware: 4/10 Custom Firmware: 7/10 Price Paid: $49.99 @ retromimi.com Pric

My Current Top Five Gaming Wishlist 2021 $$$

As an avid gamer/collector I will likely never be able to purchase or acquire every game, device or accessory that I really want but I'm certainly always increasing the size of my collection.  This is the Top Five gaming related items on my wishlist:  BoxyPixel Gameboy Color Aluminum Shell .  Surprisingly I still use my GBC handheld console quite a bit but I can't stop thinking about how I'd really like to get one of these aluminum shells for it from Boxy Pixel. It's a little expensive at $69 but from everything I've seen well worth the price.  https://www.boxypixel.com/products/game-boy-color-machined-aluminum-shells-ips GameForce RK3326  We are within weeks or perhaps even a week of the GameForce coming up for sale. Early rumors indicate it should retail for around $89.99 and possibly be sold through the URL gameforce.fun . The unusual look, a proper 4:3 screen for retro gaming and a build that appears to be very ergonomic has me highly interested desp

KT R1 Vaporware or In Production?

Possibly just Vaporware but there's a new device making waves in the rumor circkes.... the  KT R1, 4" 800x600 screen with specs that sound like they'll run Dreamcast emulation smoothly but at the supposed price tag of $200. The console looks like a knockoff of the Retroid Pocket 2 with the left thumstick above the d-pad.  I haven't seen anything to indicate that even a test model had been produced so I wouldn't hold my breathe on this actually happening and the $200 Rumored price point might be a bit steep to get much action.  If you have any info on this device,  feel free to drop it in the comments.  SOC: amlogic s922x RAM: lddr4 2g / 4g STORAGE: emmct5.1 16-128g & tf slot NET:: wifi5 & BT OS: 64 bit Android 9 with Vulkan SCREEN: 4 "800x600 4: 3 BATTERY: 5000mah, 25w fast charge CONTROLLER : full buttons with lr3 VIBRATION: linear resonant actuator SPEAKER: dual speakers SIZE: 153 x 76 x 18 mm