This month a new handheld was released: the Anbernic RG280V. With it's diminuitive form factor and 2.8 inch screen is it the most pico PICO-8 handheld yet?
It's driven by a slightly underpowered 1 Ghz chip, the same as is used in the RG350 or even the GCW Zero from 2013. Not enough for more advanced consoles but for emulating handhelds like Game Boy Color or Neo Geo Pocket it's just right. And with the new Tac08 emulator it can even run PICO-8 games pretty faithfully.
The screen looks great, it has an even greater resolution than the RG350 so scaling issues are almost non-existent. The colors are vibrant. Build quality is top notch. The controls feel very satisfying. Although it's so small compared to a Xbox controller, the actual D-Pad is almost the same size.
The only drawbacks at the moment are some sound issues and compatibility with the PICO-8 library is not at 100 % yet. Still, the emulator is making great progress and it is only a matter of time before these issues will be resolved.
Note: it is recommended to install the pwswdpp extension for the Opendingux OS to enable several shortkeys like screen scaling, brightness and a standby mode. Also download a backup copy of the OS from rghandhelds.com so you can use a brand-name sd card.
Just checking, because I haven't heard anyone else mention it yet. Are you experiencing carts running faster than normal when running them on Tac08 on your RG280V? For me, nearly all carts that run properly, run at about 1.5x speed on my RG280V. Pressing the Select button makes an FPS counter appear, which generally shows numbers like 46/30 for me.
As was pointed out by @MehStrongBadMeh using the new rogue firmware fixes the speed problem. 30 FPS games now run at 30, Dank Tomb, a 60 FPS game runs at about 55 FPS. The Pi 0 would not even run 30 FPS games at full speed. Breakout Hero runs at 60. So it depends on the complexity of the game.
As for other systems there is a new port of retroarch for the system optimized for the low specs of the machine. Much better than the outdated emulators provided. Now I can run Neo Geo Pocket with correct aspect ratio.
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