Monday, May 16th, 2022

Can’t get an analog pocket?This cheap and tiny handheld can fill the gap

Image: Nintendo Life / Damian McFerrand

Thanks to the long-awaited release of the gorgeous Analogue Pocket, everyone seems to be talking about retro gaming handhelds these days. No wonder this portable gem is in high demand, boasting FPGA power, sleek design and stunning screens. Some people who ordered this year are told that they will have to wait until 2023. Eek.

If you want to spend $ 200 on your Analogue Pocket but don’t wait too long (or lose overall quality), you’re not running out of the very cheap emulation-based handhelds on the market.The latest one Miyumini.. The name “Miyoo” may not be familiar to you right away, but the Chinese company has launched a number of similar products under different brands such as BittBoy and PocketGo. The Miyoo Mini is inspired by the iconic Game Boy design and feels like an evolution of the former.

First of all, good news. The build quality is excellent with responsive buttons and great cross keys. The 2.8-inch LCD screen is also better than you would expect from a costly device. $ 60It boasts a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, very, very With a thin bezel, it looks very attractive. The unit is equipped with a 1900mAh battery, which can be played for about 5-6 hours and can be charged via USB-C. The software is stored on a MicroSD card. Supported systems include Game Boy, NES, SNES, Mega Drive, PC Engine and NeoGeo.

As with almost all of these Chinese devices, you need to be accustomed to the idea of ​​downloading ROMs from the web to get the most out of ROMs. Of course, if you want to keep things legal, you have the option to dump your cartridge.

Aside from this problem, the biggest obstacle to Miyoo today is the fact that the emulation performance is not good. Aside from the fact that it uses a standard “system-on-chip” approach combined with software emulation rather than the more accurate FPGA approach found in Analogue Pocket, there is a noticeable delay in some high-end emulators and audio quality. there is. Not great.

Stock firmware (which uses PS Vita menu music pretty cheerfully) requires some work, but the community is likely to beat Miyoo. Custom firmware is common in these Chinese handhelds and will see significant improvements in the coming months as the coder adapts its own software to the Miyoo Mini.

So what’s the verdict? This is certainly a nice little device in terms of cost and we love the fact that it’s really pocket friendly. But can it conflict with Analogue Pocket? Of course not, but again, it costs a quarter of the price.

thanks to Keep retro They supplied the Miyoo Mini used in this work.