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Retroid Pocket 2: In-depth review

Retroid Pocket 2: In-depth review

Last updated: 18OCT2020

I’ve had my Retroid Pocket 2 for about a month now, so I think it’s time to share my final thoughts on the device. I’ve made a lengthy video (below) that walks you through all of the aspects, but here is a written review as well.

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Back up save files on RG350 devices

Back up save files on RG350 devices

Last updated: 16OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

If you want to back up your save files on the RG350, RG350M, or RG350P, it usually involves finding each emulator’s default save location, which follows no standard hierarchy. Luckily, somebody recognized this inconsistency and built an app that allows you to back up save files to your external SD card, and then also restore these save files back to your internal card.

The app is called SaveSync, and it works really well for both save files and save states.

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RG351P themes guide

RG351P themes guide

Last updated: 15OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

One of the best things about the modified EmuELEC firmware that comes with the RG351P is that it supports a wide variety of themes, giving you the ability to really tweak and personalize the user experience. So let’s dive into how to add new themes to the RG351P, as well as how to configure them so they run just right.

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RG351P file transfer guide

RG351P file transfer guide

Last updated: 13OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

Transferring files to and from your RG351P’s SD card is a little tricky, so I decided to write a dedicated guide to walk you through the process. Note that this guide is specific to Anbernic’s unofficial fork of EmuELEC, the firmware that ships with your RG351P. As new firmware options become available, I’ll be sure to update this guide so that you know all of your options.

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How to fix RG351P internal WiFi antenna audio issues

How to fix RG351P internal WiFi antenna audio issues

Last updated: 12OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

If you ordered a RG351P during the first week it was available (in mid-September 2020), it’s possible your copy shipped with an internal WiFi antenna. Once the devices were in production, Anbernic learned that there was some audio crackling in the speakers when WiFi was enabled. To fix the issue, Anbernic started to ship units without an antenna, which is a shame because the built-in WiFi option is one of my favorite features of the device.

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Guide: Among Us on the Retroid Pocket 2

Guide: Among Us on the Retroid Pocket 2

Last updated 10OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

Among Us is a popular game on Steam and smartphones, and given that it isn’t very CPU-intensive, it seems like a perfect fit for the Android-based Retroid Pocket 2. The only problem is that the game is designed for touch controls. Luckily, there’s a very easy workaround to get this game up and running on your handheld device.

Note that this method will work for just about any touch-based Android app, so if you have a favorite game that you’re itching to try, this is your solution.

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RG351P firmware guide

RG351P firmware guide

Last updated 14OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

The operating system found on the RG351P is a little different than those found on other devices. For example, the RG350 devices have two SD cards — one that holds the operating system, and another for game files. The Retroid Pocket 2 has internal storage for the operating system, and one SD card for all of your game files.

The RG351P has just one single SD card, and it contains both the operating system AND your game files. This is advantageous if you don’t want to have multiple SD cards to deal with, but it also has one big disadvantage: if you mess up that SD card, you lose BOTH your operating system and your game files.

So this guide will show you how to back up your current SD card, and how to also install a fresh version of the software onto a new card.

The RG351P is very much an “in-progress” device, and so I expect to update this guide periodically as newer, more efficient methods are discovered. At this time, EmuElec is the only operating system that works with the RG351P, so we’re going to focus on this OS in particular for now.

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Guide: EmulationStation on RG350 devices

Guide: EmulationStation on RG350 devices

Last updated: 12OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

EmulationStation is a graphical and themeable emulator frontend that is designed specifically for devices that don’t have keyboards (like home theater PCs and Raspberry Pi devices). Luckily, it also works on handheld devices, and someone has kindly ported a copy over for the RG350 devices.

There are several frontends (user interfaces) available for the RG350. I’ve already created guides for SimpleMenu and 350teric (“Esoteric”), and I’ll work on more as time permits.

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XMAME 2.0 BETA released for RG350 / OpenDingux devices

XMAME 2.0 BETA released for RG350 / OpenDingux devices

04OCT2020

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that a BETA version of XMAME 2.0 has been released for the RG350 devices (and other OpenDingux systems as well). This version supports three MAME engines, including XMAME v69, XMAME v84, and MAME4ALL2. It also supports installing the file system on your external SD card, which is an added bonus.

Read more about the BETA and download it yourself in my Arcade Games Installation Guide.

Guide: Sega Dreamcast on the Retroid Pocket 2

Guide: Sega Dreamcast on the Retroid Pocket 2

Last updated 29SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

I have a confession to make: I’d never really played the Sega Dreamcast until my Retroid Pocket 2 arrived in the mail. Because of this fact, I ended up diving into this system first, to explore all of the new games (well, new to me). Here is my quick guide on how to set up Dreamcast emulation on your Retroid Pocket 2. There are still a lot of people out in the community finding new ways to improve gameplay on this device, so expect frequent updates to the guide in the future.

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