LineageOS (Android 8.1) on Retroid Pocket 2

LineageOS (Android 8.1) on Retroid Pocket 2

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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Guide: RetroArch Cheats on Handheld Devices

Guide: RetroArch Cheats on Handheld Devices

Last updated: 04FEB2021

In today’s quick guide I will show you how to use cheats on a lot of today’s best retro handheld devices. This method will work on any number of RetroArch-capable systems, such as the RG351P or RG351M (or similar devices like the RGB10, OGA, RK2020), the Retroid Pocket 2, and even a hacked PS Vita.

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Guide: Rewind and Fast Forward on Retro Handheld Devices

Guide: Rewind and Fast Forward on Retro Handheld Devices

In today’s quick guide we’ll show you how to enable and use the rewind and fast-forward functions on a lot of today’s best retro handheld devices. This method will work on any number of RetroArch-capable systems, such as the RG351P (or similar devices like the RGB10, OGA, RK2020), Retroid Pocket 2, and even a hacked PS Vita.

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Guide: RetroAchievements on Retro Handheld Devices

Guide: RetroAchievements on Retro Handheld Devices

I’m starting a new series of quick tutorials for fundamental settings and features. Up first: RetroAchievements! This method can be used for any RetroArch-friendly handheld device, such as the RG351P/M, Retroid Pocket 2, RGB10, (hacked) PS Vita, and more.

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Guide: RetroArch NetPlay on Handheld Devices

Guide: RetroArch NetPlay on Handheld Devices

Last updated: 12JAN2021 (see Changelog for details)

RetroArch has a neat feature that allows you to play multiplayer games on different handheld devices. But the setup is more complicated than you might think. So this guide will walk you through all the things you need to know before beating the utter daylights out of your best friend in Street Fighter II.

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Retroid Pocket 2 – Android 8.1 Install Guide

Retroid Pocket 2 – Android 8.1 Install Guide

Last updated: 02JAN2021 (see Changelog for details)

After months of promises, a rescinded update, and a very patient Retroid Pocket 2 community, we finally have the Android 8.1 update that has been in the works since August.

I have to say that this operating system update does wonders for the UI lag issues that were prominent in the original Android 6.0 OS, and it has breathed new life into my device. So I decided to document my upgrade experience so that you could easily follow the steps. Please note that you will need a Windows PC in order to run this update, because we will be using .exe and batch files, which won’t run on MacOS. If you are a Mac user, check out my guide on how to run a virtual Windows machine.

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Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

I often get asked which system is best to buy right now: the RG350M ($120), RG351P ($95), or the Retroid Pocket 2 ($85 + shipping). The video below will break down all of the aspects I find most important when considering one of these devices: hardware, supported systems, user interface, screen, and performance.

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Guide: Trim Arcade ROMsets using LaunchBox

Guide: Trim Arcade ROMsets using LaunchBox

Over the years, I’ve always found that the best way to ensure I can can play all of my favorite arcade classics is by using a full arcade romset. The only problem is that these romsets contain thousands of games, and at least half of them are not worth trying — they’re full of hacks, duplicates, trivia games, mahjong games, and more.

This guide will show you how to reduce arcade romset file sizes significantly with the help of LaunchBox — in this case, from 34GB down to 8GB! This method will work with any full non-merged romset, and works beautifully with your favorite arcade emulator and handheld devices like the RG350, RG351P, and Retroid Pocket 2.

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