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.
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