Last updated: 23OCT2021 (see Changelog for details)
The PowKiddy RGB10 Max is my favorite of the current “budget” (sub-$150) retro handheld devices. Most of that has to do with its lovely 5″ display, plastic shell, and internal WiFi. There are some definitely flaws with the device (underwhelming quality assurance, mono speaker, a weird rubber coating), but it ticks enough boxes that I recommend it as a good starting device for anyone looking to play retro games on a handheld device.
So in this guide I’m going to walk you through the entire process of buying the device, getting oriented with its user experience, and customizing the firmware to suit your needs.
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Today we’re going to test the AWOW NY41S PC Stick and see how it performs primarily as an emulation machine running the Batocera operating system. While not powerful enough to function as a PC replacement, this form factor and decent emulation performance make it ideal within an arcade cabinet or as a travel-friendly gaming setup.
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or from AWOW direct
Unexpectedly, the Anbernic RG280V has become my favorite device to pick up and play for quick gaming sessions. In this video I’ll share six reasons why I love it so much, and one thing about it that’s kind of a bummer.
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RG280V setup guide
RG280V metal shell
Song during introduction — “Return to Form” by T-120
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Besides being the ultimate Android TV box, the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is also a powerful emulation console. Let’s look at what kind of game performance we can get out of this $200 device.
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In today’s video we’re going to take a look at Retro Dreamer’s upcoming Game 4 All (G4A) device, which places a Raspberry Pi CM4 module inside an original Game Boy Advance shell, with some clever tricks along the way. Let’s find out if this is worth the Kickstarter pledge prices of $100 (DIY kit) and $167 (pre-assembled unit).
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ETA Prime teardown (starts as 06:09)
Rechargeable batteries and charger
My Retro Game Case catalog
With a starting price of $78, the Super Console X Max is a fairly beefy jump up from the original Super Console X line. But even at that price, is the experience worth the savings you can gain by simply doing it yourself?
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Seemingly out of nowhere, the RG351MP (“Metal Pro”) dropped from the sky. This device has the oft-requested 4:3 aspect / 640×480 display but in a horizontal form factor. So is this device getting, or would it be better to grab an older (and cheaper) handheld instead? Let’s find out.
Anbernic official (AliExpress)
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Anbernic official (eBay)
With a 7″ touchscreen and an Android operating system, the PowKiddy X17 appears to be a handheld gaming device worth considering. So how does this stack up to other devices in this $125 range?
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Nearly 33 years after the Sega Genesis released, we have a new game to try out! Demons of Asteborg released last month and can easily work in your favorite retro handheld. If it can run Genesis games (and the Picodrive emulator), it’ll likely run this game, too.
Find it on Steam
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Main page (for the demo)
The BackBone One is often considered the best iPhone controller available, but the new GameSir X2 Lightning is here to challenge the throne; it’s $30 cheaper and works with thin iPhone cases. So which one is my favorite iPhone controller?
GameSir X2 Lightning
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