The Gameforce RK3326 Handheld Looks Like A GBA Descendant

Another day, another RK3326 handheld. There’s very little info on the Gameforce RK3326 Handheld right now, but there may be one feature that sets it apart from the rest.

The Gameforce is obviously not ready for production yet, you can see that from the video below showing the scaling and rotation issues. However, those rotational issues hint towards the reason this thing is different from the others.

The Gameforce RK3326 is rumoured to have a 4:3 640×480 display, which is a first for any of the RK3326 machines currently available. The Odroid-Go Advance and all the other RK3326 handhelds have a 3:2 480×320 LCD. Whilst those screens are great for GBA and PSP emulators, for others you get odd scaling issues. A higher resolution LCD has been on many people’s wish list for these handhelds.

I’m sure the look of the Gameforce is going to be polarising to a lot of people, it reminds me of a GBA mixed with a Neo Geo Pocket Color. The aesthetic is straight out of the mid 2000s, for better or worse.

Gameforce RK3326

Here are the things we think we know about the Gameforce RK3326 so far:

  • 640×480 4:3 IPS display
  • Dual analog sticks (or maybe sliders)
  • Dedicated hardware buttons for volume
  • Dedicated Start and Select buttons
  • Dual front facing stereo speakers
  • R1/L1 as well as R2/L2 triggers
  • Dedicated Home button (perhaps indicates that Android was considered for this handheld at some point)
  • Currently runs either EmuELEC or Retrobox.
  • Apparently has built in WiFi

I’ll be updating this post as more info comes in. You can get back to it quickly via the “Forthcoming Handhelds” menu.

7 thoughts on “The Gameforce RK3326 Handheld Looks Like A GBA Descendant”

  1. I love the fact it has two joysticks and the L1,L2,R1 and R2 buttons. And it looks kind of laid out similar to a playstation controller with the joysticks on the bottom and slightly towards the middle. Hopefully it will be a good price and have a good OS on it.

    Its a shame most other handheld emulator makers don’t make handhelds with all the buttons and joysticks fpr the systems they are capable of emulating. Because it seems like a good chunk of the handhelds capable of emulating PS1 and above either have only have one joystick or no R2 and L2 buttons. Like for example the original retroid pocket, Odroid advance, and practically every handheld you can plug in a raspberry pi 3 or 4 into.It would be like if someone hooked up a Atari 2600 style controller with only one button and one joystick to a SNES to play Mortal Kombat or Super Mario Brothers with.

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  2. I’m dreaming?! It has all the necessary buttons and triggers, the case leaves room to grip comfortably and also the 2 sticks are located correctly so as not to interfere with the other controls, bravo to the creators!

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    • Basically they got all the design from the GBA, and positioned the analog sticks as in the playstation controller… no need to reinvent the wheel, no need to get fancy positioning, just copy from what really works!

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