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I finally managed to get a GPD XD!       ( ;v; )



The GPD XD is an android based handheld, specifically designed to look as the always-elegant 3DS, and aimed towards emulators, and android games! (YEAH, the lamest way to describe it would be "a phoneless phone (or small tablet) with a gamepad attached to its butt" but that's pretty much what it is and it's exactly what I've always wanted hhaha)
Look at this video review if you're curious about it!

It has a quad-core Cortex-A17 CPU and it is strong enough to handle SEGA Dreamcast emulation (via reicast), and everything below that including Nintendo DS, MAME, DosBox, etcetera!

It costs 180$ (us dollars) and so far I super love it and it's the best thing I've ever bought for myself so far <3

Here you have it running OuO on it lol

I ordered this thing online (mercadolibre, which is like ebay but for latin america, Argentina in my case) as soon as I found out someone from my country was reselling them brand new (it's very difficult to import this kind of stuff and it's usually super expensive and sometimes you cannot get them at all, it's a long story) and two weeks later (5 days ago roughly) it arrived at my front door and I have been toying around with it since then!

Anyway, here's a review of all customization I've done to it so far:
notreblogs.tumblr.com/post/173…

TL;DR I installed a custom bloatware-free rom, set up a custom launcher (TVlauncher), made some customized icons for it, installed my favorite emulators, games, apps, and here we are! 



once again the obligatory "sorry for the lack of arts" hhaha... I've had a bunch of pretty emotionally draining weeks lately (sister visiting, work fixing computers, sport events to watch, hell my CAT GOT LOST YESTERDAY and we spent all day looking for him around town and only found him at 22:00 when the town had calmed down and were able to hear his yelling from a mile away and managed to bring him back home ANYWAY IT WAS TOUGH).

but yeah
maybe I'll try to draw something one day, for now I'm happy with this shit, I haven't even "sat down and played" anything there yet but I'm still hyped and customizing it is a big part of the fun hhaha <3

anyway if you by any chance were on the fence wondering if you should buy this or not... yeah it's totally worth it if you can afford it and I very much recommend it~
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Vasilivros Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Like I have too much money in my wallet. Thanks man, my 'to buy' list just grew 180$ bigger. Honestly though, this thing looks and sounds amazing, like a dream emulator machine come true. I remember having a homebrew DS and 3DS that could do a little of that, but they are nothing compared to this. It also feels nice seeing you being so happy, as I can relate a lot X3
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeee even after a couple weeks of toying around with it and stuffing it with roms and games that i'm not even sure i'll ever play it i'm still 100% pleased and glad I got this thing! <3
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Vasilivros Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
How does it handle PSX and N64 emulators? In my experience those 2 were always the most problematic.
Also, how does DS work? You get 2 screens side by side?
Also save-states. Does it have them, those are important :3
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll start off by saying I've installed my own emulators from the android Play Store and completely ignored the stock ones that came with the GPD XD hehheh

For playstation, ePSXe runs all games flawlessly, it even supports EBOOT compression so you can compress your games into PBP files and they will still work ^^

DS also works pretty much flawlessly, at full speed, using DraStic. And yeah you can choose where to put the screens. My recommendation is either both side by side, with the left one bigger, or a single screen. The idea is that you can map a button to swap the screens whenever you need it. I haven't tried many games though but yeah they work very well! (I didn't really pay too much attention to the DS emulation since I can play DS games on my hacked 2DS, and that's pretty much real hardware running the thing, touchscreen and all, but yeah it works very well on the GPD XD)

And for N64, i'm running mupen64++, and the few games I tried (smash bros, mario kart) seem to run at full speed and play well.

But yeah, ePSXe and DraStic are paid emulators... I didn't really try the ones that came with the device because pretty much 10 minutes after trying the GPD XD the next thing I did was install the custom firmware that didn't have any of the pre-installed apps and bloatware.

There are free alternatives on the play store, and there's also Retroarch but that one's a PAIN in the ass to setup; and also I hate retroarch although I'm still forced to use it to play 32X games and MAME romhacks lol

But yeah as far as the hardware goes, the GPD XD is more than capable of running all that stuff at full speed ^^

And oh yeah DraStic fully supports savestates!
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Vasilivros Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Wait, paid emulators? Call me blind, but after googling them I get free download links right away. Is it impossible to run those not downloaded from play store?
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh, some emulators like DraStic have actually a one-time license check to make sure you paid for them; I don't know how you'd go around patching it or avoiding activation or something like that because I kinda just went and paid for it.

But yeah ePSXe should run regardless, as long as you have the APK, unless they updated it. I ended up buying it anyways because It works so damn well.
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ZorenHector Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Now I want one ;w;
but where can I find this, is there an official store or online store other that getting in with a third party one or else?
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I don't really know to be frank ;v;

GPD XD is a chinese handheld after all, but a good quality one at that.

I bought mine from a reseller on mercadolibre. Brand new and unopened but still yk

But yeah anyway, I think this is the official site: www.gpdxd.com/
There's other sites like www.geekbuying.com or dreamesper.com/ but... yeah, you're gonna have to look around and see whats the most viable way to get it, taking into account things such as shipping, import taxes, and stuff like that where applicable.

You can also try asking on this subreddit www.reddit.com/r/gpdxd/ or join their discord server
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ZorenHector Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I should bookmark this, thanks man!
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Chrisstiger Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
gotta admit, that looks so awesome!
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's an awesome handheld thingy!
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LuismiPro465 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You had such a full week huh? I'm Glad to see you're fine.

Hey do you know what an arcade stick is? A friend was gonna buy me one for my birthday but he bought It for himself and I want one since then ;u;
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yes I know hhaha, arcade sticks are awesome <3

Wish I had one, must be super cool to play street fighter on that stuff haha
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LuismiPro465 Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I know right?? It'd feel like old times! And old times were very fun!
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KilkakonOfficial Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
The OuO app is so cute haha
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
instantly turn any borin android device into a cute-as-heck device hhaha
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DemonDamon97 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is something I need to keep an eye on for sure. If only it could play Gamecube games then it would be an immediate buy for me.
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, unfortunately both Gamecube and PS2 emulation on android is still a long way to go, and are pretty much out of the scope of the current system specs.

There are working emulators for them (dolphin for gamecube, and Play! for PS2) but as they are right now they require a very powerful system.

Your best bet in that case would be either to find dreamcast ports of the games via the emulator Reicast (if they aren't gamecube exclusives) or try looking up the "GPD Win", which is another model, much more powerful (and pricey) that runs Windows 10 and includes a full QWERTY keyboard (it's kind of not the same feeling since it is, for all accounts, a fully-fledged pocket-sized laptop pc).

The other option is to run the games on a gamestream-able desktop PC (new-ish nvidia gfx cards) and have it Streamed to the GPD XD using an app like moonlight-stream.com/ ; which runs really well on the GPD XD as far as I've read heh

but yeah, it's a shame there's no fast gamecube/ps2 on android. Reicast really is an oddity among emulators; even my phone can run those games at full speed!
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DemonDamon97 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see! But there's no worries on playing GCN games, I actually do have Dolphin on my computer and I do enjoy playing some of my childhood classics (Even though my Smash 4 Gamecube controller + Wii U GCN adapter combo tends to freak out the controls a lot), I just think it would be so great to take those games on the go.

And Nintendo basically killing off the Virtual Console for Switch only adds fuel to the fire for me.
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doommood15 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
Huh, may need to check this when i get the money.
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Be sure to watch some review videos heh~

The system looks the coolest with all this customizing and fine-tuning but it's otherwise pretty much ready to use out of the box! (if you don't mind the built-in launcher with all the preloaded apps and emulators heh)
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Hopalongtom Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
$180? thats hella cheap!
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah ikr! And it's of very good quality, even for that price!
The thumbsticks feel real nice, the screen folds nicely, the speakers sound really good, the buttons are great, and the hardware is really good and it's devoid of unused stuff such as camera, gps, proximity/light sensor, etc, and that cuts a lot of the cost of it heh~

It also doesn't have bluetooth, but a slightly more expensive version called the GPD XD+ ("plus") does have bluetooth, along with extra RAM, but yeah it's obviously more expensive heh
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IdleCanine Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
doited day have you had

I'm glad you found your cat
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elPatrixF Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not like he wanted to escape or anything, he didn't even flee from home or anything like that... we took him for a vaccination but he escaped right after the veterinarian handed him back to me right after he had taken the needle. He ran away straight to the plaza and we lost sight of him; pretty much spent all day lost wandering there. and we (me & my mother) went out looking for him like 3 times before we finally managed to find him and bring him back home!

it's a good thing that this town is less than a mile wide lmao
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IdleCanine Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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