Things are finally changing, it seems. The New Bittboy and the LDK are both shipping directly from China with OpenDingux/RetroFW pre-installed on them. Thanks in part to the commitment of Chinese developers Steward-Fu and Tony-jih, it seems that we might be at the brink of a new era.
It’s been mere weeks since Xiaolong Wang released the LDK Game, a Linux based JZ4760B handheld running OpenDingux. But the same designer is now talking of a sequel, and this time he’s set his sights on some more powerful hardware.
The Tieba Baidu forums have come alive with talk of a new machine from a new China manufacturer this week.
…and thought I’d share it in case anyone else is as fascinated as I am. This chap is in China sourcing materials for a project, and in his spare time he had a good look around a couple of electronics markets in Shenzhen. He came away with some cool gadgets and took a boat load …
You recall the Chinese Gamebox console I mentioned before? Well they’re beginning to arrive in the hands of eager guinea pigs now and the first review cropped up on t’internet earlier today.
Read on for the lowdown…
Over on the Open Pandora forums is some talk revolving around a new games console made by a little known company called ‘Envizions’. Whilst they have apparently had a foray into the Open Source console gaming scene a few years ago, I have to admit I’d never heard of them until today. It appears that they are an American firm who’s aim is a release an Android based gaming system that plugs into your television (ie not a handheld). The founder and CEO of the company, Derrick Samuels, asks us for monetary support in the following video. Now, I don’t know about you but if I was CEO of the company I’d certainly try a little harder to stop calling it a Gaybox. Lol.
Remember the ridiculous squabbling around the 2 different versions of the Dingoo A320 last year? Well brace yourself because I feel we’re in for another bumpy ride in the coming months. The user ‘dingootech’ on the dingoonity forums is part of the Chinese firm that splintered away from Dingoo Digital and formed the new company …
Close ups of the JXD3000 internals have surfaced on some Chinese PMP forums. Though they don’t give much away, speculation on iMP3 is that the SoC is from Guangdong based firm Actions Semiconductors. Actions SoCs were common in budget Chinese MP3 and MP4 players around 3 or 4 years ago, and can still be found in some players sold today under various brand names.
If rumours are to be believed then this particular chipset can already be found in one other Chinese PMP sporting a rather slick flash UI, the KO TV500. The JXD3000 is currently only available on TaoBao.com, which is a Chinese wholesale and private seller site. It is possible to order from there via a 3rd party such as Zarmark, but it can work out fairly expensive. Give it a few weeks and DX will probably have them anyway.
While we’re here, a few more JXD3000 Playstation vids have shown up on youtube… embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Ohhhh JXD… Where to begin? Well, not at the start because it’s too depressing. So let’s begin at the end, with their latest handheld, the JXD3000. It finally looks like hardware has gotten both fast enough and cheap enough to start churning out handhelds capable of more than SNES/Mega Drive/GBA emulation. Hooray for that! This new model is apparently capable of emulating the Sony Playstation right out of the box, a first for any handheld gaming machine out of China.
Check the vids below for some Castlevania and Tekken 3 action.
In true Chinese style, the only-just-announced and yet to be released PSP Phone has already fallen foul of a sneaky gang of cloners in Shenzhen.