Video of Pandora in action (= GP3X)


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quedex
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It's only one of the dev boards so isn't quite final hardware, but looks super impressive already. I hope they can get this out for their proposed price of £199 inc.
#1 at 22:16:47 - 25/08/2008
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Capabilities do look impressive indeed. But as much as I love the idea of a portable emulator machine, £199 is way too steep for that alone. Unless they're also planning on releasing original games for the machine... but even then, they'd need to get some decent developer support first.

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#2 at 13:33:50 - 26/08/2008
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/Has just about got his GP2X sorted with every game he would ever need on it

/Pretends he doesn't still want a Pandora

Cool name, though. But then I would say that.
I wouldn't want one though.

No.

Gnnnnnn.
#3 at 13:43:32 - 26/08/2008
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Given the price of leseer-specced internet tablets and the ilk, I'd say they're probably pushing it to release this for £199 - that's a *lot* of tech squeezed in there. It does look lovely though, and if my budget weren't quite so tight at the mo then I'd be well up for this
#4 at 13:46:04 - 26/08/2008
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Pandora is a cool name, bit of a coincidence that it's an important word in PSP hacking, too. :)

How much do GP2X's go for these days? Would be great for my 16-bit emulation needs, if I can get one cheaply.

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#5 at 13:50:07 - 26/08/2008
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Actually, this replaces an internet tablet in functionality, doesn't it?

/is *really* tempted and has a couple of things he could sell
#6 at 13:53:21 - 26/08/2008
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Half the price and I'd bite their hand off for one.

200 quid for a niche homebrew handheld? Bugger off. It's just not going to get the support needed.

:/
#7 at 13:53:42 - 26/08/2008
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Well I got mine for just over 100 quid just recently, from Play Asia... who have since stopped doing them. (Note: I was later stung for the fucking import tax of almost 30 quid, for fucks sake.) You can no longer get them from the official UK distributor, too. Think you can still get them imported from other Euro outlets, though.

Here's a list.
#8 at 13:54:37 - 26/08/2008
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looks as big as a brick but I have seen other images where it looks a lot smaller.
#9 at 15:23:01 - 26/08/2008
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Neither the GP2X nor the PSP are quite quick enough at the moment, which is a problem the Pandora doesn't seem to have. And the built in keyboard would make emulating C64 + Amiga stuff just that little bit nicer.

It may only be a niche device with no support, as long as it gets the emulators and good supply of codecs (which would be a safe bet), then that's all I need it for. The PSP still works nicely for scratching that "proper games" itch. Of course, it would mean having to carry three portable devices with me instead of two, but that's not too much of an issue.
#10 at 16:16:07 - 26/08/2008
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Three rather big portable devices, though...

I realise it's not as powerful, but considering a hacked PSP can be a pretty nifty emulation device, as well as being a proper console, for almost half the price... £200 seems like a hell of a lot, even for an enthusiast machine. At that price it better have some more tricks up its sleeve.

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#11 at 18:03:07 - 26/08/2008
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Exactly, homebrew on the PSP somewhat outs the spanner in the works there. Anything the GP2X can't do the PSP can and vice versa, for the main.
#12 at 18:27:59 - 26/08/2008
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Is the new-screened PSP really £150? :-(
#13 at 18:36:17 - 26/08/2008
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Yup, the updated one with the quicker refresh rate.

Bit cheeky but if that sucker can be hacked like the others can, I'll be interested.
#14 at 18:39:07 - 26/08/2008
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Retroid said:Exactly, homebrew on the PSP somewhat outs the spanner in the works there. Anything the GP2X can't do the PSP can and vice versa, for the main.

And neither are as smooth or quick as they could be. Last time I tried the Amiga emulator on either device, it was quite painful. Pandora looks like it should be able to run it with ease - if it can play Zool with no frame skips AND audio, then it's worth £200 to me. And it might even be good enough for some of the later Mame titles. Portable Out Run anyone? (*)

The only way they can screw things up for me is release it for more than £200, or make it run off 2 AA batteries again... ;-)

(* - Yes, I know there was a very good PSP port, I was just picking a title I knew Mame4All couldn't do)
#15 at 18:47:10 - 26/08/2008
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Keyboard and 2 analogue sticks interests me. I have a feeling it would get ignored after a month or two of initial enthusiasm though.
#16 at 19:02:21 - 26/08/2008
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THERE IS NO DANA, ONLY...







ZOOL?
#17 at 19:11:44 - 26/08/2008
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peej said:Yup, the updated one with the quicker refresh rate.

Bit cheeky but if that sucker can be hacked like the others can, I'll be interested.


Agreed. The improved refresh rate alone will do wonders for 2D emulation.

I'll probably buy it anyway, but I'm really hoping DA and co. can work their magic not long after release.

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#18 at 22:11:43 - 26/08/2008
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Stevas said:THERE IS NO DANA, ONLY...







ZOOL?


:-D
#19 at 22:22:28 - 26/08/2008
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Who needs Dana when you have Chupa Chups?
#20 at 22:57:05 - 26/08/2008
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quedex said:
And neither are as smooth or quick as they could be. Last time I tried the Amiga emulator on either device, it was quite painful.

The latest UAE4All on the GP2X is actually very impressive; 200MHz is enough for a lot of games, and they're pretty much all excellent at 240MHz. Anything else I can slum it with the Megadrive or Atari ST versions :)

The 2X can also be hooked up to standard TVs and have USB hubs attached, meaning USB keyboards and joypads :)

To me, it's almost a handheld Xbox; at least from the homebrew and emulation aspects.

But each machine has advantages and really, with the Pandora it really is the price & resulting lack of adoption which are fears with me. £200? For a homebrew handheld?
#21 at 23:17:28 - 26/08/2008
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I'm still confused about the apparent connection between Ghostbusters and an open-source handheld machine.

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#22 at 23:23:12 - 26/08/2008
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I think that was my fault:
quedex said:...if it can play Zool with no frame skips AND audio, then it's worth £200 to me...


:-D
#23 at 23:30:21 - 26/08/2008
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#24 at 00:25:25 - 27/08/2008
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I know I'm the only person still interested, but preorders start 30th September, shipping end of November, price still £199.

UAE
PSX Wipeout (in fantastic blur-o-vision)
Prototype case sat next to DS Lite (aka "why take a picture of something when you can video it and upload it on Youtube instead?")
#25 at 16:52:08 - 16/09/2008
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I'm very interested in one. I'm checking the big list of dev updates daily (which coincidentally appears to be down at time of writing). The idea of a portable machine with a keyboard for emulating everything from a speccy to a amiga properly sounds ideal (even if I know the keyboard is going to be rubbish for typing on).
#26 at 17:08:11 - 16/09/2008
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Interesting link, thanks. I hadn't spotted that before.

Tempest 2000 on Jaguar Emulator
#27 at 17:18:08 - 16/09/2008
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All I can say is: good luck to them.
#28 at 15:40:09 - 17/09/2008
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I sort of want one but I'm too tight to pay more than a hundred knicker for one.
#29 at 15:46:33 - 17/09/2008
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Wooo! 100% thread kills! Look at you!

Oops - never mind.
#30 at 15:50:12 - 17/09/2008

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