Last updated: 28FEB2022 (see Changelog for details)
RetroArch is one of my favorite programs to use for retro game emulation, because it can emulate many systems. But it does have quite a steep learning curve. In this guide I’m going to demystify some of the more peculiar things about this emulation frontend, and show you how I set up RetroArch on my own gaming platforms.
This guide is meant to help you get set up with various RetroArch iterations. The video will primarily be done on Windows PC, but the same method will apply to MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Vita, and Xbox platforms, and more.
RetroArch really shines on retro systems, particularly PlayStation 1 and below games. For more modern consoles, it is often more efficient to rely on standalone emulators, which are generally more optimized than RetroArch. However, if you are using a system that relies primarily on RetroArch for emulation (like Xbox), or you have a beefy PC that can run well regardless of optimizations, you may find success in emulating higher-end systems in RetroArch, too.
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Last updated: 23JAN2022 (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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At $99 before shipping, the Retroid Pocket 2+ is the best deal in retro handheld gaming. So let’s take a deep dive into the device and see if it’s worth considering.
Buy one here
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Retro Handhelds’ RP2+ Settings Spreadsheet
Let’s look at nine retro handheld gaming devices currently on the market or coming within the next few months, and which ones will give you the best value for your money.
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Retroid Pocket 2+
Nintendo Switch Lite
With two big sales days in November (Singles Day and Black Friday), now is a good time to go over my favorite budget handhelds and some tips and tricks to get the best deals possible.
Devices featured in this video:
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PowKiddy Q20 Mini
TrimUI Model S
Retroid Pocket 2+
Nearly 33 years after the Sega Genesis released, we have a new game to try out! Demons of Asteborg released last month and can easily work in your favorite retro handheld. If it can run Genesis games (and the Picodrive emulator), it’ll likely run this game, too.
Find it on Steam
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Main page (for the demo)
Are you interested in getting started with a retro handheld emulation device, but don’t know where to start? Check out the video below, where I go through my 14 favorite devices to help you narrow down which one is the best fit for you.
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I just recently learned about MSU1 games, and so I thought I would briefly show you what they are and how to get them running on your favorite retro handheld device (RG351P, RG351M, RGB10, and more).
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This brand new firmware upgrade to the Retroid Pocket 2 has breathed new life into this little device. This lightweight Android build provides a 20% speed improvement when launching and navigating apps, thanks to its lower overhead. This means that the interface will feel significantly faster if you are coming from Android 8.1 (see my guide here), and quite a huge jump if you are still on the stock firmware (Android 6.0).
Check out the video below for my detailed installation instructions. Note that this firmware does NOT allow you to access the RetroidOS interface, so if that’s important to you, I recommend sticking with Android the regular 8.1 version. This update will also wipe your internal storage, but I’ll show you how to re-load your stock apps to the device. This update can be done from either Android 6.0 or 8.1 firmware.
Finally, note that this update can only be performed on a Windows computer. If you have a Mac, make friends with a Windows user, and then borrow their computer for a few minutes (bring cookies and/or beer when you do).
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