This Game Boy Advance clone plays PlayStation Games


– We’re in a weird time where there’s not really any
gaming handhelds anymore. Okay well not any that you can just throw in your bag and forget about. It was just a few months ago that I talked about the BittBoy PocketGo. An iteration of the BittBoy that can play Game Boy Advanced games. It became my favorite
everyday carry gaming device. And by that I mean it
kinda just sat in my bag and I forgot about it
because it’s so tiny. I love the BittBoy a lot. They have their flaws but
they serve their purpose. They’re super cheap, super convenient, super powerful little portable emulators. Now–
(crashing) Now they’ve already made a new one. I guess this is just
the BittBoy channel now. The new PocketGo is bigger, more powerful, and plays most games up to and including original PlayStation. And it plays them damn well. It fixes the biggest problems that I had with the original line. It’s not exactly perfect but we’re definitely getting there. (upbeat music) This video is sponsored by ExpressVPN but we’ll hear more about them later. So if you’re still confused about what this thing is. It’s a portable emulation device. It plays all different types of games. In fact it plays Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, NES, SNES, Master System, Genesis, PlayStation 1, WonderSwan, Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket, Arcade MAME, and DOS games. I feel like I probably left something out but if I did it’s honestly
not that important. You know out of these which
the important ones are. The old PocketGo had a
533 megahertz processor. This one has a one gigahert processor. The old one had 32 megabits of RAM. This one has 512 of DDR2 which is a significant improvement. The old one has a 1000
milliamp hour battery. This one has a 2000 milliamp hour battery, but it will need that for all the power it will be drawing. The old one uses a Micro
USB port for charging. This one uses USB-C. I even charged it using a
Nintendo Switch charger. I don’t know if that’s safe to do but I did it anyway. And everything seemed to be fine. No it’s not fine. It turns out the Nintendo Switch charger never actually charged the thing. So this whole time I’ve
just been using this from the charge it got
right out of the box. So whatever I say about the battery, irrelevant. Because it should be longer than that. My MacBook charger also
didn’t charge it at all. The only thing that I can
get to actually charge it was the USB cable that
it came included with. And just a random USB
power brick that I have. So don’t expect to just
use any old charger and also that’s why it’s daytime out now. ‘Cause I couldn’t figure
out how to charge it. The screen went from 2.4 inches to 3.5. So over an inch bigger. It’s a beautiful IPS display. One of the best looking displays I’ve ever seen in a gaming device. If I’m being completely honest. If you remember what I said
about the original PocketGo, I loved it a lot. It played most games very well except for PlayStation 1 games. Those were a little wonky and it didn’t have L2
or R2 shoulder buttons. So you just straight up couldn’t play some PlayStation games. But the biggest flaw
was the screen tearing. The screens refresh rate looked like it couldn’t keep up with some fast motion. I don’t think it was actually
a problem with the screen but more of a hardware problem. But anyway basically any emulator on the device would have
these screen tearing glitches. Even Game Boy. This happened on both the
original BittBoy and the PocketGo. So I was disappointed that
when the PocketGo came out it didn’t fix that issue. You can kind of just
ignore the screen tearing while you’re playing it. But if this was a problem that happened in a mainstream gaming device, it would be completely unacceptable. They claimed to have fixed this issue in a firmware update, but updating the firmware
is not an easy process. And I kind of don’t believe them. But I’m happy to report that the new PocketGo completely
eliminates this issue. I haven’t been able to notice
any screen tearing at all. There were times in my testing where I was really trying
to push it to its’ limits, and I thought I maybe
saw some screen tearing. But A I’m trying to seek it out. And B it was most likely
just planned slowdown from the games I’m playing. These games are not meant to played on a screen that looks this good. They’re meant to be played on CRTs, but I like the crisp pixel look. So I’m really digging this. This thing is a beast. Every game that I’ve tested runs great and looks gorgeous on this IPS display. The only thing I’ve seen look better than this is the original
hardware upscaled with a framemeister or OSSC. But this is cheaper and portable. I’m also happy to report that PlayStation 1 games run very well. Which is great ’cause those
are very hard to emulate. The device only has one analog stick in the form of this circle pad, and it’s not a very good
analog stick at all. It gets stuck a lot. You should probably just pretend like this circle pad doesn’t exist because it will ruin your game. Most PSOne games don’t use
the analog stick anyway. So you can get away with just the D-Pad. The audio is all right. – I’ve got to make sure. – Daredevil. – That leaves one question. Where’s Rhino? (Black Cat screams) – Cat! – [Bob] It gets loud but the quality is well just about what you’d
expect from a small speaker. Also the volume curve is weird. One notch above muted
is still pretty loud. (game beeping) The system runs on Linux. The UI is subpar but the games run great. So I can’t really complain. But I can complain about the fact that the B button doesn’t take you back. Start does. What kind of bull (beep)
ass stupid ass dumb ass. On the bottom it has not one but two MicroSD card slots. Which is pretty cool but also not. The file system just kinda mixes the two MicroSD cards together. The second MicroSD card slot is for you to plug your own MicroSD card if you want to load in your own ROMs. The MicroSD card that it comes with is already split into two partitions. One of them containing
the Operating System, and one of them containing
the emulators and ROMs. And you would think that the emulator and ROM partition would be the one that is
formatted for most computers. But you’d be wrong. It’s Linux formatted. And that’s why the other
MicroSD card slot exists because you can’t just
take this MicroSD out and pop it into your computer and load it up with ROMs. ‘Cause it’s frickin’ Linux formatted for some stupid reason. The file explorer on this device, that most of the emulators use, just kinda smashes the
two MicroSD cards together and puts all the folders in one big list. If you are gonna use your own MicroSD card make sure that it is FAT formatted. What I did instead was I
just took the MicroSD card that it has already, popped it into my computer, and got this random Linux disk reader for my Mac. And that worked just fine. I did that to move my
Mega Man Zero save over from my original PocketGo. Which was easy enough once I figured out where the emulators actually had their save files pulled from. I was kind of afraid to mention this in my other BittBoy reviews because I didn’t know if I was just getting special treatment because I’m a reviewer. But now I know that I’m not. These things just straight up come with a bunch of games already on them. I don’t wanna say exactly which
games this thing came with because I don’t want to
be implicated in a crime. But basically everything you see in this video came on here already. Except for Sonic Advance 1 and 2. Those are the only games
that I put on here myself. Everything else you see probably definitely came on here already. Including this Whitney
Houston music video. ♪ So I’ll go ♪ – [Bob] That’s a new
Whitney Houston song to me. Thank you for including that. ♪ Will always ♪ – Oh it’s that song I never got to that part. It’s like you can’t even hear it. Every emulator on here handles scaling a little bit differently. The screen is 320 by 240 pixels. Which is probably the
happiest medium you can get between all of these different emulators. It’s also the original resolution of YouTube videos which I just learned. So there ya go. There’s a little interesting fact for ya. Little tidbit. You learn a little
something here you know. Anyway you might notice a very slight crop in certain emulators. I basically had to tweak
the scaling options for around half of the emulators. The Game Boy emulator
defaults to 1.66666 scaling. Which technically should look great but I found the option Scale3x+Sample.75 to be a little sharper. That sounds like way more math than I want to do right now. The Game Boy Color emulator
looked the best at 1.66X FAST. Game Boy Advance had no scaling options that I could see which is unfortunate. We’re just stuck with this cropped window. Honestly every other emulator
looked just fine as is. PlayStation took no
graphical adjustments at all. I just opened it up and started Crash Bandicoot right away and had no problem. Every emulator already
has its’ own settings that you can play around with. The controls are already configured for all of the emulators
right out of the box. But some emulators have
a fast forward button which is awesome. Genesis has it and it’s awesome. Game Boy and Game Boy Color do not.
(buttons clicking) Which is a huge bummer because I really wanted
to use this with Pokemon. Luckily with some tweaking
Game Boy Advance does have a fast forward button. You just have to set it yourself. By default the Y and X
buttons act as turbo buttons. So just switch one of
these to fast forward. You’ll be tearing ass through Pokemon like this idiot does in no time. For a tiny little device like this, it plays some very powerful games and has a beautiful bright IPS display. So you’d think that the battery life would take a substantial hit. I charged the original PocketGo once ever and six or seven months
later it still has a charge. Granted I barely played it. It just kind of sat in my bag and every month or so I would turn it on just to make sure it was still alive. But it’s great to have
something like that. That you can just throw in your bag that you know can hold a charge for a long period of time when it’s not in use. I can’t really comment on the battery life of this new one yet. But I can say that when I first got it I charged it up all the way, waited for a little bit, and it almost immediately
fell down to the orange. But it’s been there for a long while. Now it has a pixel of battery left. To be honest I don’t trust
this battery gauge at all. It seems like the curve is all weird. Of all of the games at my disposal here, I’ve been playing Mega Man Zero the most. Just this one (beep)
boss over and over again. But I finally got him. Mega Man Zero is coming
to the Switch very soon and honestly as much as
I’ve been hyped for it I might just end up playing it on here. And before you say anything
I already own the cartridge so not stealing. All the other games on
this console though I mean (hums) This is the perfect form factor for me, and it’s great to just have
this thing in my jacket pocket, or in my bag so I can just bust it out for a quick round on
the train or something. The next best thing would be to just have an IPS modded
original Game Boy Advance, but that’s not gonna
have your save states. That’s not gonna have
a fast forward button. And that’s not gonna have
frickin’ Genesis games, Super Nintendo games, PlayStation 1 games. Also it’s very expensive to get that mod. I really love this thing. I love the old one but this is a significant improvement. It’s a little bigger but it’s still thin enough
to not be obtrusive. And the size makes it a
little more comfortable. The performance upgrade also gives it some breathing room when emulating these more hardware intensive games. I felt way more comfortable
suggesting the old PocketGo to people because it was only $40. This one seems to be going
for about $65 or $70. Which is a significant
investment for somebody who’s just looking for a
backup portable gaming device that they can throw in their bag and forget about. But if you want to emulate anything passed PlayStation 1 portably, this might be my favorite option now. If you want to go beyond PlayStation 1, you should get yourself a GPD XD. You’ll be paying a pretty
penny for it though. And everybody likes to mention modded PSPs and modded DS Lites. I’ve only ever modded DS Lite and that runs great. And modded PSPs can run
PlayStation 1 games too. I’m pretty sure. Listen if you have a PSP already and you feel like modding it. Go nuts. This thing’s around the
same price as a PSP so. I’ll also note that this new PocketGo is only
available at retromimi.com and I have an affiliate
link for that website in the description below if you wanna get your own. But I will warn you that
it’s coming from China, and I’ve heard from other people who have ordered from this website that there might be some Customs issues. Like for example, you might just not get it. I would imagine I had to go through the same Customs issues
to receive my review unit because it also came
from the same company. And it came through China into Customs. I usually just link the listing for Amazon when that comes up because people are more comfortable
using that website and I’d be more comfortable
if you used that website too. But not available on there right now. I just don’t want it to come off like I’m endorsing this website. This is definitely a buy
at your own risk situation. You’re buying a portable emulator that has ROMs on it already. I’m calling the cops. Listen if you want to do some
shady stuff on the internet, that’s on you. No one needs to know but if you’re gonna do that you should check out ExpressVPN. Ain’t that right Bob from three days ago. (slurping) (keys clicking) Oh so I do this new thing now where I leave the house. See I work a lot from home and I need to get out more. So now I go to coffee shops and I work out of there. It’s great because I don’t wanna be there. So I get my work done quicker. I also like coffee way more now. Which could be a problem. (slurping) But while you’re working there on that public wifi you wanna make sure you’re safe and secure ’cause you’re doing
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of this new PocketGo and portable emulation in general? Is this something that
you’d be interested in? What are some of the games that you’d like to see
played on a device like this? So I’ll know in the future
see if it runs good. And what do you think of the price point? Is it still a good price for something that plays all of these
different types of games? I think it’s pretty fair, but it might be a slightly harder sell for the more casual audience. The old one was $40. That’s like two Starbucks coffees. Anyway let me know what you think in the comments down below or add me on Twitter. Or any and all these other
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100 comments

  1. I really loved the lead into the express vpn ad. I needed to laugh. I really love the original bittboy and was my daily driver for my commute to work (because of it's size) and really tempted to get the pocket go. On a side note, i ordered my RG350 from retromimi at the start of December hoping it would arrive in time for Christmas as i got another one for a friend but took only 8 days to arrive which i wasn't expecting. Not sure if it was because they do drop shipping for their more demanding products or the fact that it was going to Australia. Anyways, much love from Australia m/

  2. What is the best way to convince Nintendo to port Ocarina of Time to the Switch? They did it for the Wii U, why not do it for a console that people actually have/want.

  3. dude , you know your android can do all that + a bag of chips ? just get yourself a wireless controller and youre good to go

  4. The custom firmware/ firmware updates did fix the screen tearing issue. Also just follow a quick tutorial on YouTube (ETA prime I think) and you're done in a few minutes.

  5. Goddamit Beb first the PocketGo now I gotta buy this. Using the link.
    Great video video as always – no crotch shot ending.
    Great to see you getting sponsors too. Loving seeing this channel grow and you both succeed.

  6. Just providing an alternative to those ready to throw their money at this thing, you should check out the odroid go advance which starts shipping in a few weeks. Same form factor and you build it yourself! You just need some fingers and a screw driver, it looks really easy to build. It has support up to PS1 and PSP. The OS is open source. It's also $55 btw…

  7. I want to see Silent Hill played on these kinds of machines.
    Absolute classic, fully 3D, not exactly too hard to run BUT still a neat test.
    It also uses a number of neat visual effects (such as the flashlight) that tend to break down or look wrong on poorly made emulators.

  8. Eh… Ill take a pass. I just cant into these things. I guess the reason why is because as a kid all i had was shitty ass knock offs of the real deal back then. So now, all these emulators dont fly with me. Im all about original hardware

  9. Can you please make some videos with original content? Everything you make has been done by 1,000 others. Either that or retire from youtube.

  10. It (like the RG350) only appears to charge from USB-A to USB-C and not from USB-C to USB-C, nor directly from power bricks to USB-C.

  11. My husband hates gaming, like hates hates. So it's really nice to watch these and not feel like I'm the only one !!!

  12. I am a female watching you. I like listening to you and your pal ,and one other person . You guys tell the truth on the company's. Other people lie. They always be likening all these pocket consoles. I like the truth about them. Even if people dont like it. Also games to. I wish you could talk about the psvr more. But I'm waiting on my new switch when it comes out

  13. Not gunna lie I want one…. mainly because Nintendo switch is dragging its god dam retro feet. Wish this had Dreamcast though. Or ps2. Maybe one day.

  14. mac and windows not recognizing linux partitions is on them not linux, you can read windows and mac partitions on linux out of the box, so your rant for the file system is kind of too much

  15. Man, switch charger is such a dick. You can't charger switch without it and the charger can't charge anything else but switch. Totally defeat the purpose of usb c

  16. Fat is a microsoft format, 32 bit linux often uses it but honestly they should just ditch fat and go full mbr, gpt or the other few as they're notoriously faster than any of Microsoft's current formats.

  17. Bobby Boy, great review as usual bud!

    What Brand is your Leather Jacket? It's a kick-ass leather for sure, with great colors and fantastic fit, especially with that hoodie under it. Gives a very Joey Ramone / Sid Vicious / CBGB early Punk Rocker vibe. Would love to know the brand, is it "All Saints" by any chance?

  18. How big are people's bags? Since when is the switch light not something you can just throw in your bag and forget about?

  19. At this point it seems like we would benefit more from some diy standardization than relying on these companies churning out mediocre copyright infringement machines.

  20. so you realized it is a linux os, but complain about why "for SOME stupid reason" the sd card with the OS on it is linux formated?
    please think before you talk.

  21. It took mine about a month to get here, I got in on the first round of preorders. But yeah you're going to have to wait a while for it arrive. Also their tracking numbers are just garbage.

  22. It's not stealing to pirate games, if pirated games offer you a better deal than the original than that's the better deal. Intellectual property is a statist invention.

  23. Re. the size/ratio of the GBA screen: there's a new version of the regba app with the option to change it. You can find the .opk file online (see Reddit etc)

  24. i'm SURE this isn't the first time you've heard this… but you're WEIRD lookin'… bwahahaha! you're like Chris D'elia's meth head brother! hahahaha!

  25. I can report that the new firmware for the original pocketgo does fix the screen-tearing, its really worth the work it takes.

  26. im still a beliver with my red knight ipega controller using retroarch on android samsung galaxy 7 preferd 🙂

  27. While all of these emulator type consoles look great, I'm leaning towards either buying a fpga type console with an everdrive, or figured out how to mod my original consoles (at least portable) and have it with an everdrive. My apologies, I've been watching The Retro Future channel on these lately. Anyways, these kind of consoles look cool and nice to have on hand..

  28. I can recommend RG350, play most of PSX games (grafic heavy game with 1 frameskip), no screentearing at all, awesom formfactor with two real joystick.

  29. Hey dude i got a question what to do if u can only hear from 1 ear from ur headphones on the headphone jack from the switch and is not my headphones cuz they work perfectly on my phone

  30. Be careful with chargers. The switch charger has higher voltage. most sure the mac one too. It seems it has some kind of protection but don't push your luck or you will fry it. It probably charge with 5 volt chargers. The voltage is very important, it HAS TO BE THE SAME, amperage could be the same or higher.

  31. Oh my god. Bob, you have to mod a PSP. It's the grand daddy of all modded consoles. I'm not saying you have to love it. Just try it out for a week and see. Plus you get the whole PSP library.

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