Lets choose the Best 'Performance per Dollar' Emulation Machine

Discussion in 'Other Consoles & Oldies' started by wokacam, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. wokacam

    wokacam Newbie

    Mar 21, 2016
    (sorry my english, im brazilian)

    what i propose is choose the bestest `performance per dollar` machines for each level of console generations...

    for example....

    * the first stage of `performance per dollar` cost-benefits probable is the Pi boards.
    like RaspberryPieZero or C.H.I.P. (24$ with cables),
    or even more powerfulls RaspberryPi3 or Odroid C2, or other. (40$)
    this can be good with sprite-based console eras.

    * the second stage of this `performance per dolar`, is play polygon-based era, n64, or even dreamcast with no lag(or even psp and gamecube)
    in this stage, to start i think the `best performance per dollar` would be the `cheap 90$ chinese tablets`, theres a dual boot version with full windows and android, and its scores good on antutu benchmark,
    and the fact that is a touch tablet(instead just a mini-pc ou stick-pc,that is the same price) is that touch can be good on Ds Emulator(if it can play DS).
    a second candidate to this level, maybe is the `android tv consoles`, like nvidia shield taht runs android.
    the third candidate to study maybe is a Console with emulation capabilities (psp, xbox,etc)

    * the third stage, i think would be a desktop PC, in search of a`first cheap specification` that can play Wii
    Last edited by wokacam, Mar 21, 2016
  2. wokacam

    wokacam Newbie

    Mar 21, 2016
    Raspberry Pi Zero can play Genesis-SNES, NeoPocketColor-GBA,

    PS1 and beyond is for another machine.
  3. wokacam

    wokacam Newbie

    Mar 21, 2016
    Nvidia Shield Tv Android can play Gamecube,PSP,DS, and some Wii games. (ps2 dont. its her limit. very slow)
  4. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    If you want a budget handheld, the PSP is still a good option. It can handle up to PS1, SNES, and GBA just fine and anymore I'm seeing them for $30 to $40. Beyond that, for a handheld, you're looking at a modded 3DS or Android based device like the Nvidia Shield. Maybe a Pandora if you happen to find a used one laying around for a cheap price.

    Stationary, one of the newer Pis would definitely be worth the price. If not that, Wii is still a decent choice and really cheap.
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  5. kutteke

    kutteke GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 28, 2014
    Right now if I had to choose i'd say xbox original (nobody seems to want them, they are easily modded)
    Can output 1080p and emulates up to N64/NDS
    Another good alternative is WII, again easily modded, easy to find for cheap and plays everything portable untill nds and everything up untill N64.
    Combined with gamecube and wii games it depends on your taste. Xbox for someone who prefers shooters/sports games. Wii for someone who is more nintendo minded.
  6. Evilengine

    Evilengine GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    Gambia, The
    I recently looked a bit throught all currently available devices, I found.

    My conclusion: You won't find a device, that supports all you need. You can't compare them totally by performance per dollar, because some points are highly subjective. The overall feeling in your personal hands. There are some steps, where you have to think what you really need, where the development is at the moment, and how much this will cost you.

    My decision:
    I stick mostly to the original systems together with original games and flashcards/cfw.
    One good 1000€ gaming PC for stationary use together with Retroarch and Hyperspin or a similar frontend. Playing all emulators as good as possible to date. Together with many consoles, if I need the real feeling together with a good old CRT and RGB.

    If I can live without Gamecube, Wii, PS2 emulation, a RaspberryPi3 should be very cool. Like previously said, you can have a dead cheap emulation system, but only to a certain degree. Afaik Raspberry can handle Dremcast, maybe PSP but that's it.

    If I want the portability:

    Special case: GBA SP for GB/C/A. best System for it imho. 3DS and PSP/Vita are too big and the screens are good but don't have the ideal dimension, the AGS101 is ideal. For GB/C a backlight modded GB/C would be best, but GBA is just right imho, because you can have it all on one device..

    For emulator needs I use the n3DS XL at the moment.

    n3DS gets better and better but imho only a good option if you really like 3DS games. For emulation as a main purpose the second screen plus the wide screen format are annoying. Also not very ergonomic... Really like it, favorite Handheld atm, but it has it's flaws...

    PS Vita seems to get better and better emulation also. I don't check the status so often, but it has more power than 3DS, not ideal screen dimensions, but at least only one screen. Has all the PSP homebrew plus everything that comes new, maybe it will get a good n64 emulator? Dreamcast and Gamecube seem not very realistic. Relatively good PS1 emulation is a pro, A few exclusive PS Vita games are also good.

    And then there is a huge amount of systems that are mainly for Android stuff and homebrew / emulators. Under that there are two categories:
    Tablet/Smartphone made for gaming with integrated buttons and sticks and tablets able to use a shell or a holding for a regular gaming controller.

    Personally I think integrated controls are better, but they often seem to be not as good as a mainstream device like 3DS/Vita, so the look of a smartphone with a PS4 controller can be kinda awkward, but it is best for your hands. An Android tablet with integrated buttons looks cool at first sight, but then you realize that the buttons aren't perfect... I haven't tried all these exotic chinese android gaming tablets, emulation should be ok, some reviewers tell about the bad building quality.

    I will wait 2 years for a machine that can handle GC/Wii/PS2 to a near perfect PC-like state that won't cost more than 300€.

    Here is what I found at the moment, guess I will create a own topic for it:

    Dragonbox Pyra - Follower of the Pandora - unreleased no final price yet >300€
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    GPD G7 RK3188 - 120$
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    GPD XD -around 200$:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    GPD XD 2(not released yet):
    GPD WIN - not released yet, 500$:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    GPD Q9 - 130$
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    JXD S-7800b - $154.98
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    JXD Singularity S192 around 300$
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    JXD S5110B - 80$
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Smach Zero - around 300$ Steam handheld
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    BLAZE TAB Android Retro Gaming Tablet (16GB Edition) around 130€
    Nvidia Shield - up to 400€?
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Archos Gamepad 2 - dunno if it is still in production?
    some of the controller mountings
    some links:
    Last edited by Evilengine, Mar 29, 2016
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  7. king_leo

    king_leo Real Hero

    Sep 12, 2009
    De RigueurMortis
    I found a psp for $20 on ebay (Australia) so there's that, but I don't know the average price for the psp

    I use it for most my emulation that doesn't require a powerhouse, whatever my psp cant handle I use my PC for
    Last edited by king_leo, Mar 29, 2016
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