Video game emulation has always been a never-ending hobby for many (and an absolute passion for some), and over the years we’ve seen nifty and creative ways to achieve near-perfect console emulation through to the use of software, hardware, and often a combination of the two. As such, retro system manufacturer “Anbernic” (a brand known to many emulation communities and forums) has announced a new portable system in the form of the Anbernic RG353P, which the manufacturer claims can emulate several older game consoles like the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, and can also dual boot Android and Linux.
The system comes with a design reminiscent of the Super Nintendo controller, with gray and purple hues (although a dark transparent variant is also available), and features a 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 640 x 480p and a 1.8 GHz Rockchip RK3566 quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 processor with Mali-G52 MP2 graphics card. The handheld also comes with a full range of controls, such as start and select buttons, a directional pad, face buttons A, B, X, Y, shoulder and trigger buttons, analog sticks, as well as ports for data and charging.
The bottom of the device also comes with bottom-firing stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Inside, the RG353P comes with 32GB of internal storage and runs Android 11. There’s also a micro-SD card inside that will allow users to dual-boot Linux, although there’s has a secondary location for expandable storage. Of course, the handheld will support WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
All of this is powered by a 3,500mAh battery which Anbernic claims will be able to provide up to six hours of battery life. Although not yet on sale, it is available for pre-order, so interested users and emulation enthusiasts will (eventually) be able to get their hands on the RG353P for around $130.