Lot of Fuzz, but not that Amazing
Does anyone is happy with it ?
And this is out of the box performance. Obviously the point of sites like GBAX pushing the Dingoo, and the whole community effort behind it (a320.freeforms.org) and the Linux port (www.dingux.com) is that homebrew developers will be able to squeeze every last iota of performance out of the Dingoo A320 and make it a hell of a lot better than it is now.
The ultimate goal is to have a linux firmware replacement, at the moment many users are dual booting. The Dingoo is a gem because it has a reasonably decent D-Pad and face buttons, although the shoulder buttons are... odd... to say the least. Many other platforms can be beefed up with high compatibility, high speed emulators, but if their controls suck (every smartphone in existence, pretty much), it's a waste of time.
For 83 dollars I'm not going to kid myself or others into thinking this is a device that's on par with the main stream systems, because it simply isn't.
What is IS however, is a surprisingly decent device that does an impressive amount of stuff considering it's really just another one of these "Chinese knockoffs".
It's just that THIS Chinese knockoff happens to be well built and has an ever-growing community of enthusiasts looking to make it into something even better, both through the development of Linux and themes and even hardware modifications.
I have almost every retro game I've ever loved, as well as scores of new ones to discover.
I also have a decent little PMP!
-and that's all before even exploring the Linux angle. THAT changes things for this little portable quite a bit.
Hopefully it's in the gadget list so i can add it. (I don't have enough hard data to do it myself)
Other than that, this device is amazing. It is extremely cheap (considering what you can play with it), the screen is very detailed and large enough to see and the controller feels very similar to a SNES controller giving you very accurate play. Even with Genesis games, having one button up higher isn't too much of an issue because you can remap any button just like an emulator for your PC or Mac.
Another helpful community site is dingoo-digital.com/
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I highly doubt it'll surpass the psp in terms of emulation, but man, who cares. The screens the right res, the buttons are all there, its tiny, and its got a nice interface.
btw, can't believe so many cool handhelds have been coming out lately.
I'll wait a bit though.
Maybe finally I'll choose one from a site called Gameyeeeah.com that priced it $83.99
recommend link here: www.gameyeeeah.com/dingoo-a320-game-console-and-me...
Add in the Linux port (Dingux) which has a very active community behind it to produce various emulators, homebrew ports etc and you have a very compelling package. The emulators on Dingux will definetely have an improved compatibility rate compared to the native OS counterparts given time.
Dingux also allows you to use applications,emulators and games that the native OS cannot run. Such as M.A.M.E, Atari ST, Atari 2600, ScummVM, Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Wolfenstein, Rise of the Triads plus lots of others.
My only issue with the Dingoo are the tiny shoulder buttons which are poor. They are not located in a natural or ergonomic position. The rest of the controls are fine.
For those of you disappointed with this PMP that can be found for as low as 80 dollars, are you expecting a handheld clustered supercomputer for that price too?
I've owned a Dingoo for about a month - and I think it is a great piece of electronics. I use it daily for watching downloaded video files or playing games.
The stock emulation is good - not great, admittedly, but there are now many hobbyist emulators for both the native environment and for Dingux.
I think mine was money well-spent!
The native Dingoo OS is great in that you can use start + select at any point during gameplay in any emulator and go to the menu and adjust sound/volume, save state, etc. I did not find a way to do that running Dingux.
The SNES emulator that came with the Dingoo works, but I recommend using the PocketSNES application that can be found online, and installing that in place of the one that came with the Dingoo. Yeah some games do not display correctly, but its a better emu than the stock.
There seems to be more and more developments for native Dingoo OS, that are easier to use and install than the Dingux.
Overall: Dingoo = Great / Dingux....not so great.