Analogue have been around since about 2012, they’re a company that specialise in re-creating classic consoles from scratch with the use of FPGAs instead of emulation. Their claim is that their machines support 100% of the console’s library (via original cartridge) with no inaccuracies, lag or other glitches – and output their display in glorious 1080p to modern TVs.
Unless you’re living in China you can’t easily get a hold of the GKD350H yet, but Taki Udon has put together an all round excellent review of one that he managed to get hold of.
I thought it might be useful to give a rundown of what’s happening currently. What’s available, what’s coming soon, what’s never coming out etc.
Let’s start with….
In my review of the RG300 I was mildly critical of the TFT panel that they used. For a JZ4760B handheld it was perfect in almost every way apart from the lack lustre screen. A few weeks later there was a new version released with a slightly better panel, but it wasn’t really worth the …
For the Chinese market, the PocketGo goes by the name Miyoo. It’s the same device albeit with a grey shell colour and different branding on the screen lens. The team behind Miyoo (aka BittBoy and PocketGo) are working on a new handheld which as yet doesn’t have a name.
In my review of the PocketGo the main drawback with the device was linked to a problem which should have been spotted during R&D. The firmware was only capable of driving the LCD at 30hz, meaning that many games suffered from a distracting amount of screen tearing. Whilst it wasn’t obvious in all games, it …
The release of TonyJih’s RG350 is apparently right around the corner, with some rumours suggesting that we’ll see listings go up on AliExpress at the end of this month. But if the manufacturers of the device were quietly confident of having a hit on their hands, they’re probably a little concerned to see a rival handheld that has very cheekily been nicknamed the RG350H pop up.
The Compute Module 3 (or CM3) is a shrunk down version of the Raspberry Pi3 designed for use in industrial and commercial appliances. Its small form factor is the perfect candidate for a handheld. Although there are many homemade and commercial handhelds available that contain the full size RPi3 board, they tend to be very chunky and can have a somewhat “made in the garage” feel to them. We’re definitely not spoiled for choice when it comes to Compute Module handhelds, although I have covered two on this blog previously in the form of the FreePlay CM3 and Creoqode’s Lyra.
The Raspberry Pi Compute Modules have never gotten much love from manufacturers of obscure handhelds. In many ways they’re the perfect candidate for driving these things – the software is already there, the developer community is large and active and best yet, it’s almost guaranteed that a substantial hardware improvement will be released once every few years.