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Since getting the gpi I've joined a bunch of gpi and retropie groups and discords and a lot of people have loads of these different machines and that one is highly rated, if pricey.

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Why just one analogue stick? Just to support Dreamcast (but not most PS1) games? Odd choice.

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I got a GPi recently but the sound died :(

 

I've a replacement on the way at the moment. Hope this one is better as it's a lovely little machine.

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On 28/09/2019 at 07:20, grounded_dreams said:

Review of the new Retro Game 350 (RG350), looks impressive:

 

 

 

Has anyone tried one of these? Looks nice and I've got some birthday money to get rid of.

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9 hours ago, deKay said:

Why just one analogue stick? Just to support Dreamcast (but not most PS1) games? Odd choice.

Couldn't most PS1 games be played with this? Or is my memory failing me? I remember Ape Escape being the first analogue exclusive, but were there lots?

 

 

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I thought it was pretty quickly replaced? But even so, why *one* stick? PS1 games were 0 or 2 sticks. Only the DC (and about 3 Saturn games) were single stick.

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17 hours ago, deKay said:

I got a GPi recently but the sound died :(

 

I've a replacement on the way at the moment. Hope this one is better as it's a lovely little machine.

 

New one works! Much louder too.

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1 hour ago, deKay said:

I thought it was pretty quickly replaced? But even so, why *one* stick? PS1 games were 0 or 2 sticks. Only the DC (and about 3 Saturn games) were single stick.

 

There aren't really too many ps1 games that demand the second stick, but having one stick comes in very handy for any racing game that supports analogue and plenty of other games that just use one stick.

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Virtually all Ps1 games CAN be played on digital.  Whether it's a good idea is another issue.

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19 hours ago, David Kenny said:

Has anyone tried one of these? Looks nice and I've got some birthday money to get rid of.

 

I've just bought one for my brother's birthday pressie and it's really neat.

 

The screen is great although the native res of 320x240 isn't quite right for some consoles/games (so there is a little shimmering sometimes) but it is bright and sharp.

The controls are really good - not perfect and not as good as something like an 8bitDo but really good nonetheless.

The emulators all seem to run really well and PS1 (from the two games I tried) work great too.  Neo Geo was really good too.

 

I can't recommend it enough. :)

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28 minutes ago, WizRider said:

 

I've just bought one for my brother's birthday pressie and it's really neat.

 

The screen is great although the native res of 320x240 isn't quite right for some consoles/games (so there is a little shimmering sometimes) but it is bright and sharp.

The controls are really good - not perfect and not as good as something like an 8bitDo but really good nonetheless.

The emulators all seem to run really well and PS1 (from the two games I tried) work great too.  Neo Geo was really good too.

 

I can't recommend it enough. :)

That's good enough for me! Birthday money spent. Cheers WizRider.

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9 hours ago, deKay said:

 

New one works! Much louder too.

 

Excellent! Really nice little unit I think, well worth getting it sorted imho. What's surprised me about mine is how much time I've spent on it. I thought maybe I'd enjoy it very occasionally, but I've spent loads of time across various games on it. Currently on a GBA Castlevania (Aria of Sorrow) which is nice on our wee gold GBA clamshell, but much nicer on this! Much better screen and nicer design imho.

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Folks if I wanted a handheld right now to literally just play emulators and Roms but not break the bank what would be my best bet? Getting a hacked Vita or what’s the best alternative? 

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Depends how fragile your bank is but the interface and control you have on the GPi is compelling for that use.

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If you just want to play roms I would get the RG350. If you want to spend loads of time customising and tampering getting a GPi. I've made my first skin ever for something for the gpi - used the gz35 dark theme and edited a bit to make it look nicer and added tronkyfran backgrounds. Looks slick as hell.

Spend way more time trying to get the perfect build than playing anything, which is the usual way. Currently awaiting v2 of supreme build to try, it drops later today so will be getting that up and running over the weekend.

 

I convinced my mate to get a RG350, he's not a tamperer or gadget guy so I think it's the best choice for someone who just wants something to pick up and play.

 

However if you can find a first gen PSP in good quality and cheap, get that instead. It's the same, generally half the price on ebay, and you can run PSP games on it as well as everything these units do.

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Just about to give the latest Recalbox 6.1.1 a go on the Gpi. I've shied away from it for some time as I had mixed results with the main edition on the Pi 3B+, but having been off work recently I decided to give it another go and it is absolutely superb so far. I love the customisable interface which is much nicer than the Retropie one imho. In the past I've always found performance and user options a bit lacking in comparison to Retropie, but this latest edition seems so much better. I'm considering switching to it on my Mega Pi. I much prefer the new O Zone UI for Retroarch too.

 

Anyway it's copying my stuff over for now so I'll post back when I've tried it on the Gpi. :-)

 

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Well it's very good and doesn't take any work at all to install. There's no set up now, as the scripts are installed by default so you're good from the get-go. The only thing I had was the D pad not working but that was solved by holding select and up for five seconds.

 

It won't be replacing my GPi community users image though. That is still the best one. Performance still isn't so great (I noticed both GBA and SNES struggling more than my main image, with glitches and audio drops), and also Recalbox does not offer many ports, so while I have SoR Remix, openBOR and Cannonball on my main image, you cannot have these on Recalbox. It does have Doom and Cave Story though.

 

Mostly I'll be sticking with my current image though because of performance. Not only do some emulators struggle, but the interface does too. HOWEVER I reckon Recalbox is well worth keeping an eye on here, and it's not hard to imagine that it will get much better.

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@LumpyI've put a lot of time into the GPi now. You aren't going to get smooth play across all GBA, PS1 or SNES games as the zero isn't powerful enough. I would always make sure you are running those through the standalone emulators (not RA) with wifi and bluetooth switched off to make your play smooth as possible. I've got the GPimate coming soon, will report back on performance.

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Ordered an RG350 - mainly for SNES/GBA but I've taken a notion to replay Symphony of the Night. Is this going to be feasible (I hear PS1 is a bit patchy) and does anyone know what format  it wants PS1 games in?

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4 hours ago, Yasawas said:

Ordered an RG350 - mainly for SNES/GBA but I've taken a notion to replay Symphony of the Night. Is this going to be feasible (I hear PS1 is a bit patchy) and does anyone know what format  it wants PS1 games in?

I've had one for a little over a week and it is a very nice little unit. Even better than a custom-firmwared RS-97, which is what I had been using. The screen is really sharp and the colours are bright. I've mainly been playing SNES and GBA and so far and it's been pretty much flawless. It hasn't struggled with anything I've tried yet, even Starfox runs pretty close to 60fps.

 

For PS1 games I've been using bin files, which have worked. I did try ISO, which didn't. I've only played a bit of Dino Crisis 2, and a quick go of Vandal Hearts but performance was perfect to my untrained eye.

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7 hours ago, Mentazm said:

@LumpyI've put a lot of time into the GPi now. You aren't going to get smooth play across all GBA, PS1 or SNES games as the zero isn't powerful enough. I would always make sure you are running those through the standalone emulators (not RA) with wifi and bluetooth switched off to make your play smooth as possible...

 

Aye I know that, I just meant in comparison to the community image. There's noticeable drop in quality between the two OS's for those emulators. I didn't check which emus Recalbox uses though to be fair to you.

 

I like the look of that RG 350. I might hang on for a newer revision (which is inevitable at some point lets face it) as I'm not so keen on the D pad position. There's a very impressive community working on the images though. Even my RS-97 runs really well thanks to them.

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