ANBERNIC are struggling to find their mojo recently, and with the new announcement of the RG 300X it goes to show they’re taking steps back instead of forwards.
The RG 300X was teased on their YouTube channel as of yesterday and immediately after seeing it, we couldn’t help but realise it looks like something we’ve seen before.
As you may know in China, these companies have a habit of selling off their shells to the highest bidder should they not succeed, look at the TRDR Pocket for example!
We may be wrong, but we’d bet our Gameboy collection that the shell is almost identical, and that ANBERNIC have simply bought the shell for cheap in order to release a new “affordable” handheld that looks just like Nintendo’s latest Gameboy.
We’re surprised ANBERNIC would even risk getting Nintendo’s attention, as they’ve played so safe in the past but hey, perhaps they think the RG 300X is the next big thing?
ANBERNIC RG 300X Specifications
- 3″ IPS Display (640 x 480 Resolution)
- JZ4770 Dual-Core 64Bit – 1.00Ghz (RUMOURED)
- HDMI Out
- 2500MAH Battery
- 3.5mm Headphone Port
What Can The RG 300X Emulate?
ANBERNIC have stated that it can emulate the following games consoles:
- Playstation 1
- Neo Geo
- Gameboy Color
- Gameboy Advance
- Super Famicom
- SEGA Mega Drive
- SEGA Genesis
- SEGA Master System
- SEGA Game Gear
What Does The RG 300X Offer?
Firstly, we need to state that this is not a small handheld. The 3″ display is fairly large, and the handheld itself will take up both of your hands comfortably. Just like the Waveshare GPM280 it’s much bigger than a Gameboy Micro, it just simply has the same aesthetics.
The chip inside of the RG 300X has not yet been announced, but it’s rumoured to have the same chip as the old RG350, or perhaps the new RG351P.
Why would they go a step back, I hear you ask? Well, the RG 300X could be priced around the $60, but this has yet to be announced, and if that’s the case this gives them an excuse to use old chips that they may have lieing around in the warehouse?
It also means it could rival the PocketGo S30 which is one of the most underrated handhelds of the year, and that’s priced at $60 too.
RG 300X Design
Now let’s take a look at the design. The screen is an okay size, those coming from the RG351M or the RG351V may not enjoy the slight decrease in screen size, but that’s a personal preference at the end of the day.
It has the classic Gameboy Micro Famicom Edition look, a large DPAD, four face buttons… and no analogue stick. On top you have four chrome shoulder buttons which (if it’s like the GPM280) are incredibly sensitive and have very little feedback.
On top you have a HDMI Out port which is welcomed, USB-C for charging, USB for plugging in a controller when you’re playing on the TV.
On the bottom, you have a headphone hack, two SD card slots (one for firmware, one for ROMs), and a reset button. Along the sides there’s just a volume wheel and an on/off switch.
If you take a closer look at the face of the RG 300X you can see two small speakers on the front which are poorly located, and the start/select buttons at the bottom which actually light up to indicate if your batter is full or low.
When we think about it, it’s a very odd design for a large handheld. It worked with the Gameboy Micro because everything was slim lined. Nothing stuck out, the shouldder buttons had to be sensitve because of the nature of the gameplay.
But the RG 300X is big, so why keep the minimal stealth features the compliment small handhelds? This handheld really confuses us, and we’re not entirely sure who it’s meant to be targeting. It’s certainly not current ANBERNIC handhelds because they all have bigger screens, better build quality and analogue sticks.
The only way ANBERNIC can find an audience if its priced around $50, but let’s face it thats not going to happen.
RG 300X Gameplay
We can’t really inform you about the gameplay quality before we get our hands on it, and the lack of information about the internal chip doesn’t help us with determining what this can officially emulate.
Time and time again these Chinese handhelds over exaggerate what their consoles can play, so take the above trailer with a pinch of salt. Playing your best PS1 horror games at 60 frames or even 30 frames for that matter may be a push on the RG 300X.
The screen will no doubt be very nice to play on, even if it’s a bit smaller than what were typically used to playing on, and we’ll also have to get to grips of not having an analogue stick on this thing.
Release Date & Pricing
As of now there is no pricing information, but ANBERNIC did reply to an email stating that the RG 300X will launch between 20th – 28th July.
The best way to keep up to date is by followung us on twitter @retro_dodo and keeping an eye on their AliExpress page for when it goes live. We’ll also update this article with up to date information when it goes live.
Will you be snagging this handheld, or are you waiting for the RG552 like us? We just can’t get to grips why ANBERNIC would make this, especially after their impressed RG280M which is similar size and has an actual analogue stick?