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: Install your own Wi-Fi chip inside the RG351P

Guide: Install your own Wi-Fi chip inside the RG351P

Last updated: 23NOV2020

Unless you purchased an RG351P during the first few days it was available, you probably do not have an internal WiFi chip inside your device. This is because they were removed due to speaker noise issues (see my whole post here, which includes a guide to reduce the noise).

But the RG351P has some really great online features, like the ability to download media (box art and videos), download and install new themes, download a cheat database, connect to your PC and load games wirelessly, implement RetroAchievements, and even use an online update tool for the ArkOS operating system. You *can* use an OTG adapter and a USB WiFi module to connect, but it’s a little clunky. So in this guide I’ll show you how some members of the community have installed WiFi chips to their device so they have a seamless experience.

Full disclosure: I have an internal WiFi chip on my device, so I haven’t attempted this myself, but I took copious notes when others were sharing their experience! Note that this is not a beginner’s guide: it includes soldering. If you have any questions or issues with this process, I suggest you post something in the Retro Game Handhelds Discord server (in the #RG351P channel).

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ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

Last updated: 25NOV2020

Fresh off the heels of 351ELEC, another RG351P operating system is now available. This one is called ArkOS, and it has some features that may make it my favorite operating system yet.

The developer who created ArkOS is not new to RK3326 chipset devices like the RG351P, as they had previously developed an operating system called TheRA-NTFS that was used on similar ODROID GO ADVANCE handheld devices (and clones). But there were enough deviations from TheRA-NTFS to warrant a new name, and now we have ArkOS (Another RK3326 OS).

What I really love about this OS is that it has a lot of quality of life features: online updating, 32-bit and 64-bit userspace, background music, and screensaver options. So let’s dive into this OS and show why I think this might be the best one yet.

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Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Last updated 12NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

Pico-8 is one of my favorite systems to run on handheld emulation devices, because there are thousands of indie games right at your fingertips, and they are a perfect match for a handheld system.

I’m particularly excited about Pico-8 on the RG351P, because its network connectivity allows you to browse, play, and download games onto the device itself from the internet. That’s pretty exciting.

Note that this guide works for both the EmuELEC and 351ELEC firmwares for the RG351P. For ArkOS, check out their own instructions.

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Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Today I’m excited to show off a new fork of EmuELEC, called 351ELEC, which is designed specifically for the RG351P. This firmware incorporates the most recent release of EmuELEC, Anbernic’s latest updates to the PSP emulator (as described in this post), and also has a FAT32 “Games” partition which allows you to drag and drop ROM files directly onto your SD card. At this point in time, this is the most feature-rich and user-friendly operating system for the RG351P available.

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RG351P In-Depth Review (+ Giveaway)

RG351P In-Depth Review (+ Giveaway)

After six weeks of testing and playing, I’m ready to review the RG351P. So check out the video below to hear all of my thoughts on this impressive device.

Additionally, I’m running a giveaway for a RG351P unit (black color). To enter the giveaway, simply follow this link. Giveaway ends at midnight 15NOV2020, and is limited to US residents.

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RG351P 3.7 Firmware Update – Improved PSP Performance!

RG351P 3.7 Firmware Update – Improved PSP Performance!

Last updated 08NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

If you a running the stock firmware that comes with the RG351P, or the updated 3.7 version that I recommend in my Firmware Guide, you’re in luck — Anbernic just released an update patch to this firmware that provides some serious improvement to PlayStation Portable (PSP) performance. It’s still far from perfect, but it definitely makes more games playable.

One nice thing about this update is that it doesn’t require you to reinstall any new firmware. In fact, all you have to do is replace a couple files on your SD card and you’re all set. No need for WiFi FTP, either!

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RG351P Starter Guide

RG351P Starter Guide

Last updated: 15NOV202 (see Changelog for details)

I hate to admit it, but my first week with the Anbernic RG351P was rough. Not only did I order my device as soon as it was available, I also paid for expedited shipping — so I had no idea how to use it when it finally arrived, because there were no guides out yet. So this guide is designed to walk you through all of the things I wish I knew when first starting out.

I’ve written plenty of guides for this device, but this Starter Guide will consolidate and summarize each of those other tutorials. Think of this as your “one-stop-shop” for the RG351P before you branch out to more advanced techniques.

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RG351P Screen Configuration Guide

RG351P Screen Configuration Guide

Last updated: 25OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

Let’s face it: the RG351P’s 3:2 aspect ratio (and 480×320 resolution) doesn’t look good out of the box. As you can see from my initial impressions, plus my “day three” impressions, I was not impressed with how the games looked. It took me several weeks of research and tweaking, but I’m happy to report that there are adequate settings in this device to tweak the screen so that everything looks great. There are some slight compromises that you have to make, but overall I’m very happy with how this turned out.

Be sure to watch the video embedded below so you can see some of these settings in action!

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