Acekard 2 coming soon

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  1. shaunj66
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    [​IMG] Acekard 2 coming soon
    AK RPG minus the NAND flash

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    The Acekard Team have announced the arrival of their latest slot-1 cart; unimaginatively called the "Acekard 2".
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Surprisingly, given it's name; the Acekard 2 is not a successor to the Acekard RPG and rather an alternative buy. The Acekard 2 doesn't contain the built in NAND flash or the on-board USB port the RPG has, and should be available at a lower price. It will also strangely not be open-source despite using almost exactly the same loader as the RPG.

    The team claim that the Acekard 2 will be able to run all games at full speed using *any* micro SD card. The Acekard 2 will be available at most stores carrying the Acekard RPG in the coming weeks.

    [​IMG] Acekard homepage
     
  2. Jax

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    So the Acekard is now basically an R4? [​IMG]
     
  3. Seraph

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    Can someone explain to me why they're releasing this?
     
  4. shakirmoledina

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    it may seem that ppl were discouraged to buy an expensive flashcart with so many carts out there 2day
     
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    It's a cheaper alternative to those that don't want, or don't plan to use the onboard flash memory the RPG has.

    The Acekard 2 should be much cheaper and probably at a very competitive price.
     
  6. Urza

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  7. Seraph

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    It seems like there are many cards like that out right now...but I guess it could get some of those opensource features if it's using the same loader(which also looks nice)
     
  8. Urza

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    It of course won't use the same loader, as the RPG kernel was designed for use with NAND flash.
     
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    And also, the AK2 loader is not open source. Did no one read the first post? [​IMG]
     
  10. Seraph

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    I was just talking about some of the features that the RPG has because of it being opensource, and saying its loader is almost exactly the same. I didn't actually say/think it was opensource or it was the exact same loader...
     
  11. Urza

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    That made no sense at all.
     
  12. Lumstar

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    This is getting out of hand. Another day, yet more flash cart models.
     
  13. Agjsdfd

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    Hmm yah.
    Looks good BUT nothing special.
     
  14. fryguy

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    Will they use a custom file system again?
     
  15. Urza

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    Doubtful, as that completely killed off the sales of their first cart.
     
  16. recover

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    I suppose the promise for full speed on *any* game using *any* SD card justifies the removal of the NAND memory and the USB port.
    But what I don't get is the closed source.
    I guess the magic full speed thingie is all done in software and they want to protect the trade secret and try to get people to buy the Acekard 2.

    Kinda makes sense and should be a good move by them, if they manage to play it out all the way...
     
  17. leetdude_007

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    Such a boring name.

    Acekard Air
    Acekard Touch
    Acekard XP
    Acekard No Sugar Added
     
  18. OzModChips

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    I can confirm that this will be priced low - about the same price as R4
     
  19. Urza

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    I disagree completely; there are other factors besides in-game slowdowns to consider. Loading time and file transfer time are two, then theres the benefit of not having to take out the MicroSD card to copy over files.
     
  20. bobrules

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    Why isn't the loader open source? maybe it uses the RPG's loader.