The Quest for the Perfect PICO-8 handheld
Ever since PICO-8 was created people have longed for a physical form of what is still a fantasy console.
On my long quest for the perfect PICO-8 handheld I've owned no less than six handhelds (plus experiments with iPhones and DIY Pi Zero solutions). Until I finally reached the handheld endgame with the Waveshare GPM280. Here's my take on all of them:
|PocketChip||Officially supported by Zep||Terrible keyboard, unplayable game controls|
|"||Screen is pixel-perfect (with a bit of border)||Really bulky|
|"||Hacker vibes||Unfinished look|
|"||Not enough perf for demanding carts|
|Clockwork Pi||Good performance||Bulky|
|"||Good controls||Low rez plastic screen that scratches easily|
|"||Nice OS||Need to assemble|
|"||Video driver issues|
|GPi Case||Great build quality||Pi 0 doesn't have enough perf even for 30 fps carts|
|"||Good looks||Slow boot times|
|"||Screen has great colors||Low resolution, soft picture|
|RG280V||Tiny form factor a good fit for PICO-8||No Wi-Fi|
|"||Great build quality||Uneven scaling|
|"||Great controls||PICO-8 emulator not 100 % compatible|
|"||Screen has great colors||Progress on emulator stalled|
|ZPG Pro (OGA Clone)||Great performance||No Wi-Fi|
|"||Runs real PICO-8||OS is lacking|
|"||Great screen||Screen has big borders if you want pixel-perfect|
|"||Good build quality||Can't use alternative OS without patching|
|GPM280||Best screen yet for PICO-8, 286 dpi||2 hour battery life|
|"||Great looks and tiny form factor||More expensive than RG280V|
|"||Runs real PICO-8|
|"||Wi-Fi access to splore|
Have you looked at ODROID-GO Advance?
I have PICO-8 running on it and it works really well.
There is a handheld console called an RG-350, @pixelpunker. There is also a donation-supported emulator called Tac-08 that runs Pico-8 games and programs in it with a few exceptions. Some of the more advanced commands are not recognized like CSTORE() and FLIP() is not recognized at all.
But most of the games for Pico-8 written with the standard _Draw() and _Update() will run flawlessly in it. I know this because I have the RG-350 and I have Tac-08 installed on it.
This is certainly worth checking out as the price for the RG-350 is now less than $85 and by default comes fully assembled and ready to go.
I have a gpdwin2. even setting it to run at 50% cpu power when unplugged, giving the machine about 8-9 hours battery use, Pico8 runs perfect.
recommended....and the newer pico8 builds allow the switch from mouse to joystick switch to work everytime it switches over. If you have the cash, recommended...you get the full keyboard and mouse controls where needed and is great on battery if you edit windows use of battery/processor and you also get a full controller. And also, you get all the other windows stuff like steam games and can set them to run specifically at their apex of battery/performance rates.
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