In this video I’ll show you how to upgrade the operating system on the PowKiddy X18S to the slim and stable LineageOS from Black Seraph. We’ll also test out emulation performance with this new OS running N64, PSP, Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, and more.Continue reading “PowKiddy X18S Firmware Upgrade (LineageOS, Android 11)”
Last updated: 24NOV2021
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.
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”
Finally we have a retro handheld device for under $175 that can play upscaled PSP, N64, Dreamcast, and Saturn, plus about half the GameCube catalog, and a bit of PS2 as well. The PowKiddy X18S sounds like the perfect handheld emulation machine, so let’s take a deep-dive look at its performance and potential.Continue reading “Review: PowKiddy X18S”