Another day, another RK3326 handheld. The GameForce RK3326 is gearing up for release, and it has at least one feature that sets it apart from the rest.
The Gameforce is currently in mass production but the software is still being tweaked. You can see from this older video that there were some rotation and scaling problems to overcome initially. However, those rotational issues hint towards the reason this thing is different from the others.
The Gameforce RK3326 has a 4:3 640×480 display, which is a first for any of the RK3326 machines currently available (although the upcoming RG351V will also have this resolution). 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.
Here are the things 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
- Currently runs either EmuELEC or Retrobox.
- Built in WiFi
- RGB LEDs behind the buttons
It looks as though the GameForce will be released in a choice of 3 colours.
I must admit the design of this handheld has grown on me since we first saw it. It’s unashamedly chunky and retro looking. Those strange looking nipples on the back appear to serve a purpose too, at least in as far as comfort is concerned.
The GameForce is apparently in mass production now, and the OS is currently being smoothed out ready for launch. We can expect to see this device for sale sometime next month. I’ll be updating this post as more info comes in and you can get back to it quickly via the “Forthcoming Handhelds” menu.
In the meantime, there are a couple of new videos on YouTube of the prototype units.