Tuesday, January 29, 2013

JXD S7300 makes Kotaku

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere …

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Source: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/01/its-not-made-by-nintendo-or-sony-but-this-handheld-system-looks-promising/

And if you care to buy one with this link, you’ll be helping dingoo-scene.

How to update JXD 7300 Firmware

Discuss/More here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/android-devices/jxd-s7300-fixes-firmware-roms-thread/

Or, you can use this guide (source: http://boards.dingoonity.org/android-devices/new-fireware-release-for-jxd-s7300b-and-update-guide/msg59690/?topicseen#new) :

New Firmware Release for JXD S7300B and Update Guide

JXD has release a new fireware for JXD S7300B, the new version is "S7300B-01-V1.1-20130118",  this fireware optimize the sensitivity of the buttons and joystick.
Below is the guide about how to upgrade the S7300.
The old version of my JXD S7300 is "S7300B-01-V1.0-20130116"  :

Before Update:

  • Please back up all data of the device. All installed documents in the device will be cleaned out after upgraded.
    Download the new Fireware  from Foxoffer( the firmware is uploading now, after 1 hour will be ok for download): http://www.foxoffer.com/download/S7300v1.1_Firmware.zip
    Put all the downloaded firmware file of S7300 in the root of the TF card.
The files are as following:

Update Steps:
Press “POWER” button and “VOL+” button together under POWER OFF state, device would enter automatic upgrading interface. Device would enter system again automatically after upgrade successfully.
Upgrading:

After upgrade, the version is "S7300B-01-V1.1-20130118".

Find more details on :
http://www.foxoffer.com/blog/2013/01/30/new-fireware-release-for-jxd-s7300b-and-update-guide/

JXD 7300 support forums popping up

There’s a brand new support forum for this exciting new device here: http://www.jxd7300.com/

And of course, the longer established openhandhelds forum is here: http://forum.openhandhelds.net/index.php/board,124.0.html?PHPSESSID=d62ee4e6ab591f15adb174fa718a0352

… for those of you seeking a change from the existing dingoonity thread.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DeenOX’s JXD S7300B First Impressions Review

First look and impressions about JXDS7300B

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There is a spanish version of this article on the Deen0X’s Blog

This article is not a full review, is my very first impressions about the device and i want to share with you, before my review.

Take a note that this first impressions may change when i write the full review of the product in the next days.

And, please, apologize my poor english. I will do my best to write this article and make it understandable.

Quality of the product

The first impression when i got the device is that is a good  quality product, away from what usually come from chinese factories and many people related directly as chinese = poor quality. The true is this device give a feel of a very quality product, with quality materials in his building.

……..

The D-PAD

Ok, this is a real D-PAD, not a 4 buttons that emulate ones. I noticed that the D-PAD Left of the sample i testing is a little bit hard to press than the other directions. I assume this issue will dissapears with the normal use of the device.

The Analog Sticks

This is one of the most important points of this device, and a question that many people have been doing these days, because JXD always fall in the same error on each of his previous devices, linking the D-PAD with the Analog stick, and losing the real analog from any device.

Fortunately, this time they put real sticks on the device, and this is the first thing i tested on the device.

I captured a video where i show and confirm that the sticks (both of them) are real.

The video above i grabbed using my phone, and don´t get a good quality, but is enought to understand the way i tested the sticks and with this get the confirmation about real analog sticks.

The main problem now are from emulators. Only few of them have support for analog sticks. I tested Mupen64, wich supposedly have support for analogs, and i cannot map correctly the D-PAD and Left Stick in separated way, not linked, and the C-Buttons to be assigned to the right Stick.

Note: Sometime, in some test, i can handle D-PAD and Left Analog in separated way, and i get them mapped unliked in the emulator, but when i tried again to mapping these controls to grab a video, i cannot get them unliked again, and until now i don´t know how to do again.

I’ll keep testing to try to get the way to map these controls in separated way (unliked)

The right stick is not suprised to me, because with other devices i cannot get them to be mapped to c-buttons too, except if i use some tool such GameKeyboard, that let me assign Sticks to keys from a standard keyboard, and with this map these controls in any emulator as normal keys.

Anyway, I managed to map virtual controls of the Mupen64 emulator with the physical controls of the device, and i get Mario to walk normally (not running) in Super Mario 64 when i push softly on the stick. (and run if i push heavy)

Finally, about controllers, i must comment about a weird behavior of the Right Stick when the mapping tool is active. The mapping location is fixed on screen (near the center of the screen) and behavior is similar to “Target” button type on the Archos Gamepad Mapping tool. You can see what i talking about from minute 1:05 of the video i posted above.

Until now, i don´t know how to change this assignment.

About the Screen

the quality of the screen is normal for a product of this specs/price. Not bad, but no exceptional.

Vision angles are so similar to other products from this same kind, and his weak point is viewing from bottom of the screen.

The bright i feel a little bit low. This point i will test when i use normally the device next days, when i’m on the street or the underway. For now i think is enought for normal usage.

……

Well, from now this is my first impression of the device. Now i will work in the review.

Zalu2!
Deen0X

The above is just extracts from DeenOX’s article. Go here for the full article: http://www.willgoo.com/blog/jxds7300b-first-impressions/

More JXD S7300 Videos

These are straight off the willgoo site for the device, where you can go to to buy one if you wish.

Here’s that link again!

GCW Reaches Kickstarter Funding Goal; heading towards stretch goals for a March (?!) delivery

The GCW Zero Kickstarter campaign reached its funding goals a few days ago, and now seems close to hitting close to $200k in funding. This is a tempting console, filling in the gap between a Dingoo class and Android gaming console device.  I do think it’s important to at least read this thread on Dingoonity before rushing to join in. There is clearly support for such a device (don’t we all know it – or you wouldn’t be here) but Kickstarter delivery records are not always the best for shiny new toys, and delivery in March is so tempting it sounds almost misleading, considering Chinese New Year is coming, and not all of the original pre-kickstarter supporters of preordered units have received their units yet.

Don’t let this stop you from pledging – just do it with open eyes, please, and be prepared to wait. All good things … 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Final Burn Alpha for OpenDingux (pre-release)

Final Burn Alpha for OpenDingux (pre-release)

January 18, 2013, 07:02:48 PM by qbertaddict

There is no explanation needed for this release. Just grab it now!

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Hi, everybody.
Here's the pre-release of Final Burn Alpha for OpenDingux.
FBA-Capex is a frontend for FBA and is based on Capex 0.6 by Jycet
D-Pad - navigate
A - Start game or toggle option in settings
X - Help
SELECT - Exit or go back to previous menu
START - Settings
Note, that some settings are leftovers from gp2x or pandora versions and do not work: overclock, scale, 68k emu core and filter.
Final Burn Alpha SDL is based on pandora port which is based on gp2x port which in turn is based on EZX port which uses fba 0.2.96.71 emulating core.
Attention: keys are hardcoded for now!
D-PAD - movement (its logic changes automatically in rotated games)
SELECT - coin
START - start
A - fire 1
B - fire 2
X - fire 3
Y - fire 4
L - quit
R - pause
- All roms must be named according to mame romset, put them in ./roms directory.
- FBA cached roms are also supported but sound is distorted in some games, use normal rom instead
- It is highly recommended to use SWAP for loading large roms (128Mb seems ok) http://wiki.dingoonity.org/index.php?title=OpenDingux:FAQ#Swap
- Overclock to 408 MHz is recommended as well
- Compatibility is the same as with FBA320
- In some games music stops playing after some time, it's a bug of cz80, switch to mame_z80 in settings (slower)
A lot of things is in TODO list, so expect future updates.

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/final-burn-alpha-for-opendingux-(pre-release)/
fab-a320-sdl.zip
Author/Porter: d_smagin
Download: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xsvmgu
Download Source: https://github.com/dmitrysmagin/fba-capex-a320

Airball Remake For OpenDingux!

Airball Remake For OpenDingux!

January 18, 2013, 06:54:37 PM by qbertaddict

All I can say is this is epic!!!!

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Enjoy this challenging classic Atari ST remake
Airball Remake by Clément CORDE
OpenDingux Build by Shin-NiL
Controls
* D-Pad - Move
* A Button - Jump
* B Button - Get/Drop itens
* L Shoulder - Opens load menu
* R Shoulder - Opens save menu

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/airball-remake-opendingux/
airball_dingoo.zip
Author/Porter: Shin-NiL
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?sannojuav2ajlns

JXD S7300 confirmed as having REAL dual analog sticks!

Great news from DeenOX on the first Chinese Android console with real analog sticks!



OMFG! Must … buy … click here to get one!

PT155 – another dual core Android console from China previewed by openconsoles.it

Immagine

Hi there,
We at Openconsole.it had the opportunity to interview Panton International, a quite big Chinese company that builds some interesting Android devices. One of their already under production new device is codenamed PT155 and it seems very interesting. A console is already travelling from China and waiting for our review. In the meantime I hope you will find interesting the interview with miss Jenny Lam, sales manager of Panton International. She answered also to some questions about copyright laws in China.
If you wanna read the full interview:
http://openconsole.it/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1658

These are the specs:

OS:Android 4.1,
CPU:ARM-Contex A9,dual core, 1.2Ghz
1G DDR3,
Graphics engine: Mali400 GPU 3D
built in OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU, support large scale HD 3D games.
Network:WIFI,support online games,webcams,online TV,video chat,
Video:HD 1080P(1920x1080), dual camera
Games: Support 8-256 bit simulator games,adobe flash lite 10.3,
Camera:High resolution(DC),DV functions,
Screen:5.0" HD 800x480, Full screen capacitative touch, G-sensor,
Battery: 2200MAH
Picture format: JPG,BMP,GIF、PNG,filmslide,etc.
Text:TXT,IRC,etc ,Built in mic,FM(optional),
Video out:YUV, AVOUTPAL/NTSC, HDMI Out ,
Mutiltask, energyconservation, Support firmware upgrade

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dingoo A-380 review from I-Trends TV/Portalzine

 

This webvideo review of the Dingoo A380 even covers its cfw ... Good to see this device is still of interest to many people!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tH5_hZbiezc

Thank you to alien grey for the heads up!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Three part GCW Zero vs. Xbox review

Gambatte binary for OD end-user release

Gambatte binary for OD end-user release

January 12, 2013, 01:57:45 PM by qbertaddict

cocosx has released a new optimized version of Gamebatte for OD!

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Hi,
frustrated with Shantae not working properly under GnuBoy and OhBoy on A320, I've recompiled the Gambatte OD with recommended optimization flags on the OD end-user release toolchain. The previous Gambatte release by abhoriel segfaults on OD end-user.
Short testing shows that overclocking to 408 Mhz, it runs Shantae and Wendy at 60 FPS even scaled up.

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/new-gambatte-binary-for-od-end-user-release/
gambatte_OD_20130108.zip
Author/Porter: cocosx
Download: https://hotfile.com/dl/188072063/3760496/gambatte_OD_20130108.zip.html

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

JXD S7300 Dual Core HD Gamepad2 Dual Joystick now available for preorder from Willgoo!

The long awaited dual stick, dual core, JXD S7300 is now available fro preorder from Willgoo for a measly $149.99! If you’re thinking of getting one, please use this link and I get a little bit to pay for a packet of potato chips!

Now you can pre-order JXD S7300 Dual Core! For every pre-order, we will give away one unit 8GB memory card, one portable pouch bag, one piece cleaning cloth with Willgoo logo as gifts.
This device is supposed to be available at the end of Jan or the beginning of Feb 2013. You will be reminded and offered the tracking number as soon as we send out your order.
The real feature and function of JXD S7300 dual core may be a little different from what you see as below. Willgoo will revise any information once we got the device.

Features:
Dual Core 1.5Ghz CPU
Dual Joystick
Dual L,R shoulder buttons
Dual speakers
3 ways of Multiplayer flight
OTG extension
Root breaks prison, superuser is all for users
HDMI dual-screen display
1. Dual Joystick, Dual L,R shoulder buttons, Dual speakers

2. Buttons Mapping

3. 3 ways of Multiplayer flight: Wi-Fi direct, WiFi local routing fight- internet multiplayer fight

4. Wi-Fi, 3G and cable network via OTG function

5. HDMI dual-screen display

Specification:
Chip: Amlogic MX (Cortex A9 CPU, ARM mali400 GPU), Dual core, 1.5GHz
DDR: 1GB DDR3
OS: Android 4.1
Storage: 8GB
Games support: Millions of Android games, 9 kinds of Simulator games(PS1, N64, Arcade CP1/CP2/Neo-Geo, GBA, SFC, MD, FC), Game cloud
Games control: 5 point capacitive touch, Perfect button controls (Android buttons mapping, Visual control of 360 degree, Double LR buttons, Two sticks), G-sensor control
Color: Black, White
Screen: 7.0-inch (diagonal) LCD, 1024*600 pixel
Touch System: 5 point Capacitive Touch Screen
Size: Length: 9.50inches, Width: 4.77inches, Depth: 0.56inch
Network: 3 ways: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), External connection to Ethernet and 3G
Sensor: 3 Axis Gravity Sensor
Buttons: Direction key, ABXY, Double LR buttons, Two sticks, Select, Start, Volumn, Reset, Power
Camera: 0.3M Front Camera
Speaker: Stereo Double Speaker

Convinced? Click here to preorder!

Nvidia launches new Android handheld console at CES

Nvidia is synonymous with gaming of course, but up till now, holding their hardware in your hands would have caused some nasty solder pricks.

Still, they clearly see the future the way readers of this site have for months, have improved their ergonomics, and now announced their extremely well specced (though IMHO, extremely hideous looking) handheld console at CES:

Lets not forget the original Nintendo DS looked like it was inspired by a waffle iron, but somehow managed to become the bestselling gaming console of all time.  There’s much to like about this extremely impressive device – let’s hope its priced like a printer, not a 4K TV.

Read more here!

GCW Zero Kickstarter campaign launched

Nothing to add to the headline except the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gcw/gcw-zero-open-source-gaming-handheld and this here video from the site:

You might also want to check out this link in the dingoonity forums to read about how this project came to be and its track record before deciding anything …

With 19 days to go, having launched on 8 Jan, the campaign is currently at $3005 in pledges against a target of $120,000.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Dingoo A380 Custom Firmware updated to version 2.06.01

The Dingoo A-380 CFW has been updated to version 2.06.01 by Alien Grey!

New in firmware version 2.06.01:

Added support for the FinalBurn Alpha emulator from d_smagin.
Replaced the backgrounds.
Replaced the list_select.

Read more '>here!

JXD S7300 Video

Looks just like someone bought a Wii-U but forgot to bring the main unit home …