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Veloxi wrote:

So this is really neat, you guys. With this mod, you can run OG Diablo on just about anything. I have it running on my 3DS!

https://www.pcgamer.com/forget-diabl...

Yeah, I recently installed it on my Retroid Pocket (Android). Haven't gotten around to messing with it much but it looks nice.

Loki Mini. A banger console you cannot buy.
Specs Sheet..

You can still buy the lower powered Loki Zero for a similar feel and performance.

It is the size of about a Switch with an even louder fan strapped to it. It doesn’t play the latest and greatest but as a indie PC machine is badass. Hand of Fate 2 Yes. Doom eternal? Everything down lower yes. Alan Wake 2? No. It is a 8 gig machine.

The dirty question is emulation. Wii, GC, PS2, Wii U and even a little bit of Switch works okay. PS2 is fantastic as well as GC.

(Switch)Okay being what you can tolerate. 15 or less FPS. It has been fun seeing what works from the backlog of Steam/Epic/GOG.

Baseline. I like it to love it.

I got one of the new Anbernic RG Arc-D systems when they came out and I took it and the Switch with us on our yearly Christmas trip to the in-laws house and I ended up using it so much I forgot I had my Switch in my bag until we got home. IMHO it is a perfect system for everything up to PS1. Supposedly it can run some Dreamcast games but I am not sure how well that would really work without an analog stick. Probably suggest skipping the D version though because most Android stuff really isn't designed for 4:3 screens.

IMAGE(https://anbernic.com/cdn/shop/files/dde48a7a609347cbd042dbfee136f2a.jpg)

Arise, thread!

We got off on a tangent over on the Vita thread that I thought it was probably time to redirect here. Immediate continuation of that conversation:

Mr GT Chris wrote:
hbi2k wrote:

Anyway, the Retroid Pocket 4 Pro just came out and folks are reporting pretty good results with PS2 on it.

I'd be interested but, really what I want is a Max version with more screen real estate. Glad that they're continuing the line though.

Best bets for that if you're happy with performance on the 3+ and don't feel like you need any more power would be an Ayn Odin Pro or Lite (the Pro got its price dropped down to $200 when the Odin 2 came out, so they're the same price now) or maybe the new Anbernic RG556 which is just a little cheaper than that.

I noticed you mentioned the RG35XXH in the other thread; how's your experience been? I've been eyeing it, it would be nice to have something a little smaller than my Odin 2, but I've been waiting to see how the custom firmware scene shakes out, I know there are multiple teams working on it but it seems like it's pretty early days still and I've heard people saying the stock firmware is kinda bad.

As long as I'm bumping the thread, what's everybody playing, and what have you been playing on, these days? I wound up selling my Ayn Odin 1 Pro to a friend and getting an Odin 2 Base because I wasn't happy with GameCube or PS2 performance on the 1 Pro, and it's been incredible. I do wish it were just a little bit smaller, but it's hard to argue with the power for the price. I can uprez PS2, Gamecube, and Wii all the way up to 1080p to take full advantage of the screen and still maintain good performance, and I've been futzing with HD texture packs for games that support them.

Played a fair amount of Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Dolphin, took a little fiddling to get it running just how I like it, but it's been well worth it. It already looked incredible at 3x upscaling, but I threw an HD texture pack on top of that because why not? I'm also using a Riivolution patch to enable Classic Controller support to make the controls a little easier to map. Still had to fiddle with joystick sensitivity to get the pointer controls usable, it was way too sensitive out of the gate. Great experience now that I've got it all set up, though.

Another fun thing I've been futzing with is Retroachievements. Something that's kind of hidden away on the site is that each game has an official forum topic, and stickied at the top of each topic is a list of the different ROM variants that work with the achievement set. I've found that it's a great way to get a sense for which ROM hacks the community around a given game consider so top-tier that they should be supported.

For example, I had an urge to play through Final Fantasy 6 again, and wound up doing it with the Ted Woolsey Uncensored Edition patch (which replaces most of the text with the more faithful GBA translation, but retains some of the Woolseyisms that don't particularly affect the core story to retain some of that mid-nineties charm and fixes a handful of bugs) and an MSU music replacement pack to use the Pixel Remaster version of the soundtrack. I wouldn't recommend the MSU pack, it's a little buggy and some of the tracks don't match up super cleanly or start / stop at quite the right places, but the TWUE retranslation is probably my favorite version that I've tried, and I include the GBA and Pixel Remaster versions in that statement.

Went through FF7 collecting Retroachievements too, and I'm currently on Chrono Trigger, which has a (much better so far, about ten hours in) orchestral MSU pack.

If we've got any newcomers to the scene here, I'm pretty active over at the r/SBCGaming subreddit which has a lot of chatter about dedicated emulation handhelds, and I wound up writing up a long and detailed beginner's guide when I realized that I was answering the same questions a lot with only minor variations. Could be worth a look if you're brand new and want to get an overview of what's out there.

hbi2k wrote:

I noticed you mentioned the RG35XXH in the other thread; how's your experience been? I've been eyeing it, it would be nice to have something a little smaller than my Odin 2, but I've been waiting to see how the custom firmware scene shakes out, I know there are multiple teams working on it but it seems like it's pretty early days still and I've heard people saying the stock firmware is kinda bad.

That was me.

Yeah, the stock firmware is abysmal. Notably because the screen is really dim and can't go any brighter under stock firmware. In addition to all of the ways that Anbernic's firmware is terrible.

The original 35XX ended up becoming a bit of a sensation due to Garlic OS giving the system a nice, minimal operating system that was power efficient and easy to customize Retroarch. So far the best thing like that for the 35XX H is MuOS, in my opinion. It's not nearly as well put together as Garlic and it's not as energy efficient by a long shot, but it's just good enough (you can kick the brightness much higher for starters) and it's that kind of firmware that just wraps Retroarch, much like Garlic.

I would say I still prefer the experience of Garlic on the original 35XX, but I much prefer the horizontal form factor, so I'm putting up with the inferior MuOS, because of that. If one doesn't really care about the horizontal form factor, I would recommend just buying original 35XX instead. For me there was enough to like about the form factor that I'm using it instead and hoping we see Garlic on the 35XX H someday soon.

Played a fair amount of Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Dolphin, took a little fiddling to get it running just how I like it, but it's been well worth it. It already looked incredible at 3x upscaling, but I threw an HD texture pack on top of that because why not? I'm also using a Riivolution patch to enable Classic Controller support to make the controls a little easier to map. Still had to fiddle with joystick sensitivity to get the pointer controls usable, it was way too sensitive out of the gate. Great experience now that I've got it all set up, though.

I actually didn't realize Galaxy 2 was playable. I had tried this in the past with my original Odin and I thought there was a performance bug when using Yoshi. Has that been fixed or is the Odin 2 just powerful enough to work?

Thanks for the info on the RG35XXH!

I think it is just that the Odin 2 is just that powerful. I have noticed that the Yoshi sequences are the only time it ever chugs even a little. Even then, it's not bad enough to affect my experience, just barely enough to be noticeable, which is rare on the O2.

hbi2k wrote:

Best bets for that if you're happy with performance on the 3+ and don't feel like you need any more power would be an Ayn Odin Pro or Lite (the Pro got its price dropped down to $200 when the Odin 2 came out, so they're the same price now) or maybe the new Anbernic RG556 which is just a little cheaper than that.

I noticed it go on sale over the New Year, seems like it would be a good fit. The only thing that put me off was that I've only had the RP3+ for a year so I'd like to squeeze at least another year out of it if possible. Probably this NY I'll scour the sales again!

hbi2k wrote:

If we've got any newcomers to the scene here, I'm pretty active over at the r/SBCGaming subreddit which has a lot of chatter about dedicated emulation handhelds, and I wound up writing up a long and detailed beginner's guide when I realized that I was answering the same questions a lot with only minor variations. Could be worth a look if you're brand new and want to get an overview of what's out there.

Yeah, I tend to steer clear of reddit unless a search takes me to a specific page. I noticed you ranked the RP3+ down for not having good GC support. When I did my setup and testing, I was running GC games at 2x, 45-60fps. Which blew me away of course. Having said that, I suppose it must be the case that a number of popular games don't run well? Anyway, I should mess around more!

Edit: and yep, I tried some a couple of more popular (I guess?) games. I ended up taking it down to 1x and, even then, Soul Caliber 2 has inconsistent frame rates, MK:DD has better frame rates but sound glitches? Like PS2 emulation, it might be possible to do some tweaking, I'm not an experienced Dolphin user. But, can't be recommended except as something to mess around with. Back to PSP!

On that topic, I was thinking about what to play next with emulation and I started some FF Tactics: WotL. There's actually a patch to get rid of the PSP port's slowdown among other improvements which is neat.

I played War of the Lions on my Odin, it's soooo good. Used WotLTweak, which integrates the slowdown patch with a bunch of QoL features like being able to control guest characters and some light rebalancing.

I don't have pictures yet, but I'm planning to sell my 16-bit colored Retroid Pocket 2S if anyone is interested. $65?

Is that 16-bit Europe or 16-bit U.S. style? I've made that mistake when ordering from them.

16-bit Europe

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