Last updated: 08FEB2023 (see Changelog for details)
Organizing your ROM library can be confusing and tedious, and so in this guide I will show you how I use CHD, PBP, and RVZ files to optimize my collection.
For this guide I will focus on CD-based games, as they often pose the most issues when it comes to compatibility. (Secret tip: for cartridge-based systems like NES, you can generally just use zip files or leave them uncompressed).
Note that the video guide is made with Windows PCs in mind, but I have included Mac instructions where applicable below.
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Finally we have a retro handheld device for under $175 that can play upscaled PSP, N64, Dreamcast, and Saturn, plus about half the GameCube catalog, and a bit of PS2 as well. The PowKiddy X18S sounds like the perfect handheld emulation machine, so let’s take a deep-dive look at its performance and potential.
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The Super Console X Mini PC is a repackaged version of the popular Chuwi LarkBox Pro PC but with a customized 2TB hard drive filled to the brim with retro games. Let’s take a deep dive review and see how well this impressively small PC does when it comes to playing advanced systems like PSP, GameCube, Dreamcast, N64, PS2, and even Steam PC games.
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Also on Amazon (more expensive but faster)
2TB loaded HDD
The Batocera firmware lets you flash a lightweight, emulation-focused operating system onto any flash drive, hard drive, or SD card. So what if we flashed it onto a flash drive, loaded it all up, and then used that as a portable gaming “system” that could be plugged into any Windows PC? That’s what we’re going to explore in this video.
Batocera Nation YouTube channel
USB flash drive
Rii USB wireless keyboard
8bitDo Pro 2 controller
Note that you can use any number of storage solutions to host your Batocera operating system, like an external HDD/SDD, and internal drive installed into your PC, or even a SD card if you have a built-in (or USB) reader.
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Last updated: 29MAY2021 (see Changelog for details)
The sixth generation of video game consoles, which included the PS2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, and Sega Dreamcast, was a transformative period for both gaming and televisions. Standard (4:3 aspect) TVs were eventually replaced by widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio displays during this time, and many console accommodated this shift. A few Dreamcast games, such as Rayman 2, natively supported widescreen televisions upon release — all you have to do is go into the game settings and change it to 16:9 instead of 4:3. Most other games were natively scaled to 4:3, but many 3D titles on the Dreamcast can be altered to stretch into anamorphic widescreen. This is possible because these games render the 3D environment beyond the 4:3 displayed on a typical TV, and through various hacks we can unlock widescreen Dreamcast for over 100 titles.
These instructions are primarily written for the RetroOZ firmware on the ODROID Go Super or RGB10 Max in particular, since it has a lovely 16:9 screen, but the RetroArch widescreen hack cheats can be implemented in other firmwares such as EmuELEC, ArkOS, and 351ELEC for RG351P/M devices (or other devices with screens wider than 4:3). There are three basic methods:
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- Use the built-in RetroRun widescreen hack or cheats options
- Available for RetroOZ firmware only
- Supported platforms: OGS, RGB10 Max
- Use widescreen hack cheats in RetroArch
- Available for EmuELEC, 351ELEC, and ArkOS firmwares
- Supported platforms: OGS, RGB10 Max, or any 3:2 device like RG351P/M, RGB10, OGA, RK2020, etc.
- Hex edit your games for permanent widescreen
- Available for ArkOS firmware only (351ELEC may be possible with shell script creation)
- Supported platforms: RG351P/M, RGB10, OGA, RK2020
Last updated: 09JUL2021
Today we’re going to discuss systems like PlayStation 1, Dreamcast, Sega CD, and TurboGrafx-CD (PC Engine CD). Let’s organize your files and learn how to switch discs in multi-disc games, too.
This guide applies to any RK3326 retro handheld system, such as the RG351 series, PowKiddy RGB10, ODROID Go Advance/Super, and so on. This will also apply to any device that runs an EmulationStation frontend, such as the Super Console X. The video primarily focuses on the 351ELEC firmware for the RG351 devices, but can be applied to ArkOS, EmuELEC, RetroOZ, or any other EmulationStation-based operating system that runs on these devices.
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Today I’m excited to show off the new RetroRun frontend update for ArkOS, which dramatically improves Sega Dreamcast performance on the RG351P, RG351M, RGB10, OGA, and more. It also provides significant improvements to Sega Saturn emulation, even making a few games actually playable 🙂
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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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