Growing up in the 90's I grew up plating NES and SEGA. By the time PS1 became affordable, I had a PC with emulators. I loved the option to play all my favorites and classics on a PC. Now, many years later, I have a dream on making my own, portable retro gaming console. Portable is the keyword, otherwise, I'd just buy a controller and use my PC.
I pulled out my phone and started searching for portable retro handhelds. Raspberry Pi, hands down, is the King. Zero W is good choice, low power, small form factor. However, even with wide range of console emulators available, it can't emulate anything past PS1. Raspberry Pi 4 of course can but with current price and unavailability, it did not appear an appealing option. Not to mention that I need to add a battery, battery monitor circuit, speaker, screen, controller etc. Price quickly skyrockets.
Staring at my phone - Oneplus 6T I pulled up the playstore and what do you know, RetroArch, PPSSPP and Aether. Wow, PS2 in palm of my hands, are you kidding me! Doom, Wolfenstain, Quake, Morrowind even.
Idea was born. On FleeBay, a Oneplus 6T goes for about the same price as barebones RPI 4 but wit added benefit of already having toucscreen, speakers, bluetooth, battery, battery control etc. All that is really required is a case with controller.
The controller will be wired. no Bluetooth. As little as the latency is these days, I want to have none and android OTG supports peripherals.
And before you ask, yes, I know there is such thing as Nintendo switch. I'm of a mind that if I buy a device, I own it. It should work without needing further subscriptions, payment plans or updates to continue working, I bought it, I own it. I don't play online games and I don't play pay to win games. So, Switch is not an option for me. Besides, as far as I know, Switch does not play PS1 or PS2 games or PC remakes. So no thank you.