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.
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).
Continue reading “Guide: PowKiddy X18S Hardware Mods”
In today’s video we will swap out the buttons on each PowKiddy RGB10 Max model for a cool effect. Even better, PowKiddy even sells the “panda” mod version already! We’ll also fix the screen lifting issue, and try out some CPU heatsinks.
Buy the RGB10 Max
Continue reading “RGB10 Max Button Swaps: Panda and Tiger Mods”
Spare buttons and case
Copper shim heatsinks
I’ve turned my ODROID Go Super into a thing of beauty, and so I wanted to walk you through the process in case you’re interested in trying it yourself.
Buy an ODROID Go Super
Continue reading “ODROID Go Super Hardware Mods”
iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
Game Boy Color membranes
In today’s video I’ll show you how to swap out the stock buttons on your 8bitDo Arcade Stick for other buttons of your choosing.
I bought my buttons from Focus Attack, which you can find here.
Continue reading “8bitDo Arcade Stick: Button Upgrade Guide”
For less than $20, I swapped out my old, terrible ODROID Go Super analog sticks for PS Vita sticks. It’s an awesome upgrade and in this video I’ll show you how I did it.
Buy yours on eBay, or at My Retro Game Case.
Continue reading “ODROID Go Super + PS Vita Analog Sticks Mod”
In this video we’ll upgrade some hardware components of this nifty little tabletop arcade device. Let’s add in a new joystick, buttons, and some adhesive weights to balance everything.
Buy a PowKiddy A13 here.
Continue reading “PowKiddy A13 Hardware Mods — Buttons, Joystick, and Weight Rebalance”
Last updated 31MAY2021 (see Changelog for details)
Getting the first two DOOM games set up on a new device is a rite of passage. Heck, even the latest Nintendo Game & Watch device has been hacked to play DOOM. Luckily, no complex hacking is required to run DOOM on the RG351 devices, because the RetroArch PrBoom core is already loaded on your device, ready to send you back to 1993.
So in today’s guide we’ll show you how to set up DOOM on the RG351P’s many operating systems, how to tweak the settings to your liking, and how to run DOOM mods as well.
If you are an ArkOS user, be sure to check out this LZDoom guide, which will open up even more opportunities for you.
Continue reading “Guide: DOOM (+ Mods) on the RG351P and RG351M”
Last updated: 25SEP2020
I bought and tested the Skull & Co. thumb grip caps for my handheld devices, and made a quick video about the experience:
Continue reading “Product test: Skull & Co grips on Retroid Pocket 2 and RG350M”