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Retroid Pocket 3+ Review

Retroid Pocket 3+ Review


Retroid Pocket 3+


An ideal handheld however shady advertising and marketing ways



  • Affordable Power
  • Comfortable Design
  • Gamecube Emulation


  • Marketing Tactics
  • PS2 Performance
  • No Hall Joysticks

Where do I even start with this handheld. It’s not typically I’ve a love/hate relationship with handhelds, it’s normally both love or hate, however the Retroid Pocket 3+ which I’ve here’s a handheld I completely get pleasure from utilizing, however GoRetroid’s latest advertising and marketing stunt has actually hit a nerve with me.

For people who don’t know, GoRetroid launched the Retroid Pocket 3 in September, promoting that it’s their newest product, with ace efficiency and a brand new design.

Enticing as many purchasers as potential to purchase one, and even informing myself that that is their new “flagship” gadget, which you can say was slight advertising and marketing manipulation, as they had been hiding info from influencers and publishers a few new handheld was only a few weeks away.

The Retroid Pocket 3 was nice, i cherished it, and despite the fact that I heard that it has been in manufacturing for a very good whereas, I didn’t assume GoRetroid had been able to kicking all of its prospects between the legs simply two months later.


Without sufficient time for earlier prospects to get accustomed to their new handheld, they then launch the Retroid Pocket 3+ for simply $20 greater than the unique, which comes with a brand new chip permitting for even higher emulation efficiency.

And to bother earlier prospects much more, they determined to cut back the Pocket 3 worth to $99 for black friday…

This to me is straight up disrespectful, and I’ve at all times held GoRetroid on a excessive pedestal, however shifting ahead it appears they’ve turn out to be like each different Chinese handheld producer… grasping bastards.

I’ve to apologise to anybody that bought a Retroid Pocket 3 by my advice, i’m upset that I couldn’t see this coming, and that i ought to have achieved higher at guessing that this may occur, it sucks that GoRetroid would even do that, and what fuels my hatred extra is that they completely knew they had been launching the + a couple of weeks after the launch of the three, however they stored it below wraps, enjoying us like all like a flute only for income.

So due to that I’m not recommending you purchase the three+, despite the fact that it’s a fairly stable handheld.


Buying one among these will entice not solely GoRetroid however different producers to make use of this scammy advertising and marketing tactic shifting ahead.

We’ve seen ANBERNIC do that time and time once more, and it’s why I solely communicate extremely of some of their handhelds as a result of i don’t need you to fall into that lure of shopping for them each couple of months.

But to see GoRetroid begin this technique scares me a bit, as a result of I genuinely thought they had been higher than that, however i used to be mistaken.

So this evaluate goes to be a bit totally different, I’ve spoken about my considerations right here, and that i hope you’re taking them into consideration, however i do need to evaluate this handheld as is, as a result of it’s an ideal gadget and let’s face it, we’re all adults right here, you may spend your cash on what you need, however i simply needed to begin the video off with my opinions on their advertising and marketing technique and advise that you just don’t purchase it as a result of it appears they genuinely don’t give a toss about their prospects.

So, now, to the precise handheld.

Retroid Pocket 3+ Specifications

  • 2.0ghz Octa-core Unisoc Tiger T618 CPU
  • Mali G52 MC2 @850MHz GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage
  • 4.7″ Touch-screen Display – 750×1334 @60fps (450nits)
  • 4500mAh battery
  • Android 11

How does it really feel?

retroid pocket 3 plus ports

The Retroid Pocket 3+ makes use of the identical design, the identical buttons, the identical shell, and the identical display as the unique Retroid Pocket 3.

The variations are the brand new T618 chip, alongside upgraded 4GB’s of RAM, permitting you to emulate video games that require a bit extra energy.

Like I mentioned in our Pocket 3 evaluate, I completely love this design. It’s not the smallest of handhelds, and I wouldn’t even class it as pocket pleasant, however it’s extremely slim, encompasses a good brilliant touchscreen show, and it has completely positioned stacked shoulder buttons which are almost equivalent to the Nintendo Switch, making it seem like a Switch Lite Mini if it had been actual.

I did discover that they’ve modified the conductive rubbers on the three+ to provide it way more suggestions than the unique, it now appears like I’m truly urgent the buttons down on the three+ as a substitute of frivolously touching them on the three. This is a welcome improve.

With the launch of the three+ and to encourage previous prospects to spend a further $140, they’ve launched two new colors, my favorite being this atomic purple, I can’t lie, it does look hearth.

They have additionally added an additional 500MAH’s of battery inside, taking the full to 4500MAH’s, that is to easily hold the 6 – 7 hour lifespan on one cost.

retroid pocket 3+ android

When you flip it on, once more identical to the three you’ll be greeted with a customized setup course of, one thing that I feel each handheld ought to have, the hand held will even set up all the emulators wanted on Android 11 robotically, making setup simple and prepared for you in simply two minutes.

There’s additionally a Retroid Pocket launcher which showcases your emulators and video games as a substitute of the everyday Android homepage with apps.

And sure earlier than you ask, the Google Play Store is on the market straight out of the field, which is one thing I can’t say for the brand new ANBERNIC RG505, making it simple so that you can set up additional emulators, android video games or console streaming apps.

How does it play?

retroid pocket 3+ PSP

To hold it quick and candy, the unique Pocket 3 was capped at emulating the greatest Dreamcast video games, which for $139 is nice, it may additionally deal with many of the greatest PSP video games. This appears to be the norm now, particularly below $150, however GoRetroid wished to take it a step additional with the brand new T618 chip, and it does simply that.

After days of testing I discovered that the Retroid Pocket 3+ may emulate Dreamcast, PSP at 2x native decision, most Gamecube video games, and a handful of smaller PS2 video games.

Which on paper is unimaginable, particularly when you think about this to be an “affordable” handheld, priced at below $150. These gadgets actually are shifting in the best path, and since the market is oversaturated it’s forcing competitors to decrease costs and comply with go well with.

Dreamcast works flawlessly with giant video games like Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi performing prefer it ought to on unique {hardware}.

retroid pocket 3+ gamecube

One of the advertising and marketing factors of the Pocket 3+ is that it could run PSP at 2x native decision, which I used to be shocked to see, and after testing I can verify that it does simply that, even with large video games comparable to God of War. It seems to be completely gorgeous, particularly on this 16:9 display.

Then, probably the most spectacular consequence for me must be the Gamecube efficiency. I jumped straight in with a excessive depth recreation that’s Simpsons Hit & Run, and to my astonishment it labored very nicely, i’ll admit not flawlessly, however nonetheless very nicely at unique decision.

Although it was marketed as with the ability to play the greatest PS2 video games it can not play all of them, for instance I used to be making an attempt to get Grand Theft Auto to run easily on right here, however after altering settings and tweaking options it didn’t run very nicely, which is why I mentioned it could’t run giant PS2 video games.

retroid pocket 3+ ps2

But video games much less strenuous like marvel vs capcom can run, so if you’re shopping for this for PS2 video games i counsel ready out a couple of months for one thing else to come back onto the market at this worth level. Don’t get me mistaken, PS2 emulation on a $150 gadget is nice, and it proves that top finish emulation is getting increasingly reasonably priced because the years go by however its not fairly there but.

Smaller consoles like Gameboy, Nintendo DS, Playstation 1 and N64 will work very nicely right here with none troubles, identical to a high-end Android smartphone does utilizing the apps.

One function that i wasn’t planning to make use of as a lot as I did and its nonetheless obtainable on the unique 3 is recreation streaming.

I synced this as much as my Xbox account and that i had the pleasure of enjoying my assortment on the go with none hiccups.

retroid pocket 3+ n64

Yes the display is a bit small however the horizontal structure, and cozy design makes it’s  real pleasure to play on, simply ensure you convey your glasses as a result of the textual content may be very small!

All of that packaged in a top quality, slim, moveable handheld that lasts a very good 5 hours all for below $150 is what makes it an ideal gadget, and one which sits excessive on our greatest retro handhelds checklist.

This makes the unique Retroid Pocket 3 redundant, and the one you acquire already outdated.

Do I counsel upgrading from the three to the Plus, completely not, it’s not price splashing extra money at GoRetroid, however if in case you have a $150 funds and need probably the greatest retro handhelds in the marketplace that may emulate Gamecube video games and also you don’t care concerning the shady advertising and marketing ways, then certain, go for it.

It’s an ideal handheld, however the lies… not a lot.

Shame on you GoRetroid.



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