Retroid Pocket 2+ Starter Guide

Retroid Pocket 2+ Starter Guide

Last updated: 17JAN2022 (see Changelog for details)

The Retroid Pocket 2+ is a seemingly simple device to set up — it runs Android, so how hard could it be? Well it turns out there are some orientation quirks in getting the RP2+ up and running, and so this guide is meant to take you from the very beginning of your journey with the device and take you to the point of being a superstar.

I’ll be updating this guide as time marches on, so be sure to check back frequently as I add more updates and tweaks.

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Introducing WebRcade — Play Your Retro Games via the Cloud!

Introducing WebRcade — Play Your Retro Games via the Cloud!

WebRcade is a new browser-based platform that allows you to play your own retro games via cloud storage like DropBox. This will allow you to play your personal library on all sorts of devices — like the iPhone, iPad, Xbox and more. The games all run at full speed and it’s very easy to set up the platform. And it’s 100% open-source and free. In this video I’ll walk you through how it all works!

Find WebRcade here

BackBone One controller (use this link for $10 Apple gift card with purchase)
My 8BitDo Xbox controller video

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Anbernic RG552 Linux Setup Guide

Anbernic RG552 Linux Setup Guide

Last Updated: 27DEC2021 (see Changelog for details)

The Anbernic RG552 is a unique device in that it can boot into both Linux and Android, giving users a wide variety of use cases. In this guide we’ll go over some of your options when it comes to the Linux operating system, including a pre-configured SD card image that you can download and use directly on your device.

Some caveats:

  • The Linux operating system that ships with the device is a modified version of Batocera v29. Several development teams (including the official Batocera team) are already hard at work on updated firmware that will improve the user experience. This guide is meant to be a stop-gap while we wait for proper updated firmware.
  • This guide will show you how to install a pre-configured SD card image you can simply flash an SD card that has all of the changes baked in.
  • I DO NOT recommend flashing this SD card image over your existing 16GB card that came with the device. Keep that one around for safekeeping; instead, I recommend using a SanDisk Ultra 16GB card because it is more reliable and can be found for under $10.
  • If you don’t want to flash a new SD card image, I will also link to a shell script that will provide most of the tweaks to your existing stock firmware.
  • Once custom firmware is available, I will likely NOT recommend using this guide, since updated firmware will likely improve the user experience as well as emulation performance.
  • This updated image will include optimized hotkeys, auto save/load for most systems, scaling, and aspect ratios, plus the ability to download new themes.
  • Big thanks to developers FGL82 and konsumschaf for help with dialing in the proper settings, and TheGreatCrippler for helping shrink down this image to a manageable size.

For now, I would focus on using the Linux interface for PS1 and below gameplay. The emulators on the Android OS side are much more optimized and will give you better performance across the board. Custom firmware might make Linux more performative in the future, but for now I would use Android for Nintendo DS, Dreamcast, PSP, Nintendo 64, Panasonic 3D0, Atari Jaguar, and Nintendo GameCube.

So without any further delay, let’s jump into it.

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PowKiddy X18S Firmware Upgrade (LineageOS, Android 11)

PowKiddy X18S Firmware Upgrade (LineageOS, Android 11)

In this video I’ll show you how to upgrade the operating system on the PowKiddy X18S to the slim and stable LineageOS from Black Seraph. We’ll also test out emulation performance with this new OS running N64, PSP, Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, and more.

PowKiddy X18S
Black Seraph’s Patreon
JimRPG’s GameCube settings
Taki Udon’s PS2 settings

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Review and Guide: PowKiddy A20

Review and Guide: PowKiddy A20

The A20 is the latest device from PowKiddy, and sports an upgraded chip that can provide excellent N64 and PSP performance. But getting the device up and running is quite a bit of work, and there are some frustrations along the way. In this review we’ll take a look at its setup and performance, and help you determine whether this bargain-priced option is a good fit for you.

Buy one here

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Guide: Iconoclasts on Retro Handhelds (via PortMaster)

Guide: Iconoclasts on Retro Handhelds (via PortMaster)

Today we’re going to set up the indie game Iconoclasts to work on RK3326-powered retro handheld devices such as the RG351MP and the RG351V. This port is available thanks to the PortMaster platform, which is available on the ArkOS, Retro Arena, and 351ELEC firmwares.

Some notes

  • The video guide shows you how to set up the device on ArkOS, but the process will be the same for 351ELEC or The Retro Arena.
  • This game isn’t meant to play on low-resolution screens, and so the text is mostly illegible on 480×320 displays like on the RG351P, RG351M, and RGB10. In general, I would recommend this game for the RG351MP, RG351V, and the Chi GameForce.
  • As of making this video, the port doesn’t work on RetroOZ, so there is no option to play this on the RGB10 Max or ODROID Go Super.
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Black Friday 2021 Deals

Black Friday 2021 Deals

Hi everyone, here is my roundup of Black Friday sales. I’ll be sure to update this post as I find more deals, and be sure to let me know if you find anything too!

AliExpress site-wide codes: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_Acw81q
$7 OFF $50 with code: BFCM7
$12 OFF $100 with code: BFCM12
$18 OFF $150 with code: BFCM18
$23 OFF $190 with code: BFCM23

Anbernic.com codes: https://anbernic.com/
$5 OFF $50 with code: BF05
$10 OFF $100 with code: BF10
$15 OFF $150 with code: BF15
$20 OFF $200 with code: BF20
$30 OFF $300 with code: BF30
$50 OFF $500 with code: BF50

PowKiddy.com $10 off $100 with code powkiddylove
TomTop 8% off site-wide code TTSMCLICK8: https://bit.ly/3FLOXme

Handheld devices:
PowKiddy V90 for $34: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AATore
PocketGo v1 for $29: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9AeU4A
TrimUI (A66) for $45: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9yX7l8
Anbernic RG280V for $63: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AmS3ni
Anbernic RG351V for $76: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AsYhVW
ODROID-Go Advance for $29 (shipping might be high): https://www.hardkernel.com/
OGA battery for $4 (works great in RG351P): https://www.hardkernel.com/
Retroid Pocket 2 for $65 + shipping: https://bit.ly/30R1DK4

Controllers:
Backbone One + $10 Apple gift card (+ 3 months Game Pass Ultimate trial) for $85: https://bit.ly/3CTqjy9
GameSir X2 (USB-C) for $55: https://amzn.to/3p3Atay
GameSir X2 (BT) for $48: https://amzn.to/30Y0cZZ
Razer Kishi (Android) for $45: https://amzn.to/3nQ7M1u
8BitDo Pro 2 for $45: https://amzn.to/3xrksz5
8BitDo SN30 Pro for $38: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9GjYiS
Super Console X controllers for $9: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AlDaGO

MicroSD cards:
Use the code oemholidaysdcard2021 for 10% off on any of the cards on this page: https://bit.ly/3l8xs7R
SanDisk Ultra 128GB for $16: https://amzn.to/3nPI5hC
SanDisk Extreme 128GB for $20: https://amzn.to/3CTcLmy

Amazon deals:
Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $35: https://amzn.to/3xljAMr
My video on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max: https://youtu.be/SvgTzIMTt78
Fire HD 10 Plus tablet for $105: https://amzn.to/3oReV14
My video on the Fire HD 10 Plus: https://youtu.be/Oes2BHIRwo0

Modern consoles:
Xbox Series S for $285 (requires Costco membership): https://bit.ly/3COmz0Y

Retro Game Corps merch:
T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and more, all 35% off: https://bit.ly/3CTeDvs

Note that some of these sales may not go into effect until later in the week, and there may be regional pricing differences. Some of these links are affiliate links, by clicking on a link and buying something I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Happy shopping!

Guide: PowKiddy X18S Hardware Mods

Guide: PowKiddy X18S Hardware Mods

At $170, the PowKiddy X18S currently provides the best emulation performance you can find in a sub-$200 dedicated handheld right now. But as I demonstrated in my review video, its hardware leaves a lot to be desired. In this video we’re going to improve the gameplay experience by upgrading the d-pad, analog sticks, and face buttons to make this device a little bit more of a bargain. This is the first in a two-part video series; in the next X18S video I will upgrade the software experience with LineageOS.

PowKiddy X18S
My X18S review video

Tools and Materials:
Nintendo DS Lite d-pad
PS Vita 2000 analog sticks
RG350 rubber membranes
iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

PS Vita analog stick caps – not recommended for this device, but they are mentioned in the video and work great on the PS Vita or ODROID Go Super (with PS Vita stick mod).

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Guide: 351ELEC “Pineapple Forest” Update

Guide: 351ELEC “Pineapple Forest” Update

Let’s look at the latest update for the 351ELEC custom firmware, available now for the Anbernic RG351P, RG351M, RG351V, and RG351MP devices. In this video I’ll guide you through the installation (or update) process, and some of the new features they’ve added, such as custom bezels, save state management, standalone N64 emulation, and more.

Supported devices:
Anbernic RG351P
Anbernic RG351M
Anbernic RG351V
Anbernic RG351MP

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Review: Beelink SER3 Mini PC

Review: Beelink SER3 Mini PC

The Beelink SER3 is a Ryzen 7 mini PC that packs quite a punch for its size. Is it powerful enough to function as your primary PC?

Specs:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3-4GHz (4 cores / 8 threads)
GPU: Radeon RX Vega 10
RAM: DDR4 16GB RAM (up to 64GB)
Storage: M.2 NVMe SSD 512GB (up to 1TB)
SATA socket for 1TB 2.5-inch HDD or SSD
Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Dual-band WiFi (802.11AC) // Bluetooth 4.0
4x USB 3.0 ports
2x HDMI ports (4K @60Hz)
1x USB-C port (4K @60Hz)
1x 3.5mm audio jack (audio out + mic)

Buy one here (Amazon)
Official Beelink website

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