Day 4: DS-X

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Sinkhead, Dec 4, 2007.

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  1. Sinkhead

    Sinkhead yay p1ngpong.

    Former Staff
    Nov 22, 2006
    Across the pond
    This may seem a little long for an advent calendar intro, but it's from my upcoming article and it's too much work to type out a new one [​IMG]

    On August 10th 2006 at 04:44 PM GMT, GBAtemp announced the first major slot-1 flashcart, the DS-X. It seemed like a perfect solution (GBAtemp gave it 9/10 in their review, the score has since been altered). Many people didn't see the point in upgrading at that point in time, mainly because of the price, but it truly looked like DS-X was a revolution in DS piracy. In the first few months after it's release there were plenty of updates fixing both ROM and homebrew compatibility, as well as adding functionality. The skinning engine is the most complex I have seen in a flashcart, everything is customizable, and the LEDs are just cool. The built in media player has potential and although it was fairly slow at first it seems to have improved, so all in all the DS-X was a really good cart for it's era.

    Shame it didn't last.

    Firmware update 1.1.2 (third release) was the last one to ever see the light of day. Let's take a look through some of the DS-X Team's finest moments [​IMG]

    September 14th 2006 (12:54 AM)
    Costello, admin of GBAtemp, posted some shocking news about the DS-X Team's mischievous antics. Bear in mind that this is before the DS-X was even available to the general public.
    So, what's your opinion on the DS-X?

    [title:Previous days]
    Day 1: hrth
    Day 2: R4DS
    Day 3: WiiKey
  2. Kaos

    Kaos Good show!

    Nov 25, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I don't even have one and I hate it.

    No-one can do that to their customers and expect to get away with it.

    If the DS-X ever becomes better than the CycloDS or the R4DS then the world will probably end or something.
  3. jelbo

    jelbo Ōkami!

    Sep 12, 2003
    Unbelievable... those people are evil. I have owned a DS-Xtreme but sold it pretty quickly after my purchase. But wow, the things I read here, unbelievable and sad.
  4. 4saken

    4saken Retired Ace Attorney

    Nov 28, 2006
  5. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    My favourite! [​IMG]

    What? It makes a really good wedge to put under my un-even desk legs.
  6. Dark-Mantis

    Dark-Mantis Newbie

    The DS-X was my first DS flash card, and I used to like it. However since the support pretty much died it's been going downhill. I got my Cyclo DS Evolution now and so far it's been an improvement on every aspect.

    Just to list the bad things I experienced recently with my DS-X

    1) About 50% of the new releases require the arm-7 fix to work.
    2) Some games can't run on full speed
    3) It takes more than a minute to start playing music
    4) Absolutely no sign of any of the before mentioned issues being fixed.

    I don't think it'll take very long before this card is history.
  7. Chotaz

    Chotaz I'm back! :D

    Sep 20, 2007
    aw you stole my joke, bad bad man [​IMG]


    i hated ds-x since the first i saw it
  8. JKR Firefox

    JKR Firefox Back.

    Nov 18, 2006
    Having never owned a DS-X (Thank you Jebus [​IMG]), I can't really say it's a bad cart. However, the DS-X team's lack of customer support is amazing! I still can't believe that retailers continue to sell this cart considering the reputation it has garnered over the past 6-7 months.

    The DS-X is a joke and the team which created it and continue to lie and threaten their paying customers should never be allowed to make another.

    - Fitzy
  9. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    it's a good ol' device but still lacks the power to win over others
  10. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    The main thing that I don't understand is that the team could EASILY make this one of the best carts on the market with a real proper firmware/GUI update. Ok it may be lacking in space, but the hardware (powerful hardware I might add) is there.

    They really let themselves down more than anyone else, they had a fairly respectable name once. No one in their right mind would buy a new DS-X Team product after all this.
  11. Jaejae

    Jaejae Superfly Don't Used

    Sep 23, 2007
    New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Hmm, I was considering getting one of the 2GB DS-X cards, I might have to rethink my purchase.
  12. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006
    The first time I saw a DSX, I was like LOL and doubted it ever since.
  13. robi

    robi GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 29, 2006
    Houston, TX
    I agree 100%, the DS-X has (had?) great potential, and with the proper firmware update it could be in the top 3 easily. That powerful hardware is the main reason it's more expensive then the other flashcarts out there...but it's hardly been put to good use.

    The DS-X gets a lot of crap but I've had a good experience with it. It was my first DS flashcart, and I was part of the 2nd batch shipped. While most people upgraded I still use mine because it works well enough and I have enough games between it and legit cartridges.

    Despite my good experiences with it I can't recommend it to anyone anymore, even if it was cheaper these days because if they were to have problems I don't have any confidence that they would be helped by the DS-X team.

    However now I'm looking at either a CycloDS Evolution, R4, or whatever the next best thing is. The DS-X will just go to my sister. Only thing is that I've been saying that for awhile now, I just haven't found a huge need to switch for the moment. Of course, it could be because I'm a poor Uni student.
  14. rest0re

    rest0re GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 23, 2006
    My favourite card that I don't own
  15. thegame07

    thegame07 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 16, 2006
    That comment about the support tracker being dead has annoyed me a little because Im one of the people who help out on it and I do tickets everyday (I can't do some tickets) However I put all my effort to reply to the people I can help! Only on the odd occasion im not able to give at least 1 reply a day. I dont wish to give my opinion on the matter as I will get flamed.

    ps Also im not responsible for any actions the ds-x team have decided to take so please don't aim problems you may have at me! thanks
  16. stefer

    stefer GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    It is a great flashcart... if only there could be a good firmware to go with it. I still have it but haven't booted it in a long time. Last time i put it in my DS, it was to show a coworker the difference with an EZ-V. He wanted to get one for his son. What you think he ordered? Thats right, a EZ-V. I didn't have to point out the problems, just the slow loading made him go with EZ-V.
    It takes less than half the time on my EZ-V.
  17. kernelPANIC

    kernelPANIC GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 20, 2005
    I got a DS-X mainly because of GBATemp's review (GBATemp gave it a 9.5, that's an awesome score no matter how you look at it).
    While time has proven that it's not the best cart around, it DID provide me with some great moments as it allowed me to play the first 2 Phoenix Wright games, the first 2 Ouendan Games, Hotel Dusk, and a loooong etc.
    I'm equally disappointed with both the DS-X team and GBATemp.
  18. teonintyfive

    teonintyfive GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 20, 2006
    Greece, Somewhere in Macedonia
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  19. azotyp

    azotyp GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 19, 2007
    i think DS xtreme is great thing, only as someone said they dont have good firmware, but idea is great, i always wanted to have one of those, but since it is so expensive i'm gonna buy a mutation of that kind of thing and microsd flashcarts (acekard rpg)
  20. Railgun

    Railgun ( ' _ ' )

    Feb 20, 2006
    Gambia, The
    GBAtemp City
    dont like it, there are better solutions out.
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