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).
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In this video we’ll take a look at the latest Nintendo 64 emulator for the PS Vita, DaedalusX64, and how to get the best performance possible for your beloved device. I think you might be surprised to see how well it runs.
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Let’s compare the PS Vita 1000 and the PS Vita 2000. Which one is a better fit for your play style and preferences?
Be sure to check out the full PS Vita guide here.
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Last updated: 03DEC2021 (see Changelog for details)
This tutorial will show you how to safely and permanently jailbreak/mod your device so that you can run RetroArch or other emulators, plus load backups of your PS Vita, PSP, and PS1 games.
This guide is intended for the PS Vita 1000 and PS Vita 2000 models. The PS TV setup is mostly the same, but there are some slight differences in the process; because I’ve never used a PS TV, I would recommend looking elsewhere for the jailbreak instructions. This tutorial is written for Windows users, but Mac users can also follow this guide. When the process deviates for Mac users, I have provided relevant instructions and adjustments.
Note that each of these tutorials are written in a specific order. For example, you will need VitaShell installed to run certain tools, and so those instructions are found above the other tutorials. Long story short: if you just jump into a specific section and it references things you don’t understand (like VitaShell, AutoPlugin II, etc.), then scroll up a bit to find those particular instructions.
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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.
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Today we’re going to replace the terrible stock analog stick that comes with the PowKiddy RGB10 with a beautiful PS Vita analog stick. It’s the best $8 I’ve spent all year.
Find it (along with a lot of other neat mods) at My Retro Game Case.
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Last updated: 13DEC2020 (see Changelog for details)
If you’ve ever spent time on any emulation-related website, subreddit, YouTube comments, or discord server, you’ve heard the arguments: if you want a good handheld gaming device, you must buy a PS Vita. So I decided to pick up a PS Vita and give it the same critical eye that I like to give any of my handheld devices.
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