Hardkernel updates pocket console for retro games – review

A year and a half ago, the company Hardkernel introduced a game console Odroid-go, which was designed for eight-bit games. Now a more powerful model with support for 16- and 32-bit projects is presented.

New called Odroid-go advance runs on the Ubuntu OS and will be available at the end of January 2023. At the same time, the device is positioned not only as a game console, but also as a full-fledged Linux computer. The issue price is expected to be $ 55 (less than 3,500 rubles).

Inside there is a quad-core processor Rockchip RK3326 with graphics Mali-g31 mp2 (cores ARM Cortex-A35 with a frequency of 1.3 GHz), 1 GB of DDR3L RAM, 16 MB of SPI flash memory and a microSD card reader.

There is a display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, a monaural speaker and a headphone jack. The battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh, which is enough for 10 hours of play, is responsible for the power. There is a USB 2.0 port, as well as GPIO, IRQ and I2C outputs.

As the OS, an assembly based on Ubuntu 18.04 with a Linux kernel 4.4.189 and an interface based on EmulationStation is used. Emulation of a number of consoles is supported, including PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, SEGA CD, NES, SNES, GB, GBA and GBC.