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After months of promises, a rescinded update, and a very patient Retroid Pocket 2 community, we finally have the Android 8.1 update that has been in the works since August.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

Guide: Among Us on the Retroid Pocket 2

Last updated 10OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

Among Us is a popular game on Steam and smartphones, and given that it isn’t very CPU-intensive, it seems like a perfect fit for the Android-based Retroid Pocket 2. The only problem is that the game is designed for touch controls. Luckily, there’s a very easy workaround to get this game up and running on your handheld device.

Note that this method will work for just about any touch-based Android app, so if you have a favorite game that you’re itching to try, this is your solution.

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Guide: Sega Dreamcast on the Retroid Pocket 2

Guide: Sega Dreamcast on the Retroid Pocket 2

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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Deep Dive Comparison: Retroid Pocket 2 vs RG350M

Deep Dive Comparison: Retroid Pocket 2 vs RG350M

27SEP2020

I often get asked which one is a better purchase right now: the Retroid Pocket 2, or the Anbernic RG350M? Here is a deep-dive video where I try to cover every aspect of these devices to help you make the right decision. I cover hardware, button travel, weight, software, screen quality, game performance, and quality of life features.

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Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Last updated: 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

The two Legend of Zelda games that were released on the Nintendo DS were classics of their time. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) is a follow up to Wind Waker (NGC, 2003), and has a Metacritc score of 90 today. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009) is a mix of action and puzzle gameplay, and has a Metacritic score of 87. When I first fired up my Retroid Pocket 2, I was excited to try these games on my new device. Thing is, they are built for stylus controls, and so at face value, these games are virtually uplayable on handheld emulation devices.

Luckily, someone also had this same problem, and they’ve figured out a way to mod the original ROM files so that they respond to d-pad controls. I’ve tested both games, and they feel like what you’d expect from a gamepad-based Zelda game (in other words, they’re awesome). This method requires a bit of Windows wizardry, but I’ll walk you through the process.

As a bonus, I’ve also included instructions on how to patch d-pad controls for another game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

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