DISCLAIMER: your unit may or may not arrive with certain imperfections as this is an early unit. If I notice any such things I shall mention it in passing but it will have no bearing on the review. I also suggest you DO NOT use my review as your only source and have multiple sources to make your purchase decision.VIDEO REVIEW POSTED
#Invalid YouTube Link# IMPORTANT NOTES:Problem diagonal down+ left DPAD:
I apologize to everyone that I missed this in my review
After further testing I realized that the down left diagonal is extremely hard to pull off because the dpad axis favors the Up+right diagonal more and is easy to do.
It is possible to do it but its simply too hard to pull of while gaming in most platformers with diagonal movement:
examples: Batman returns, streets of rage.etc.. the analog works fine for all diagonals
again Im sorry I missed this I only tested the Up+left diagonal thoroughly, and Down+left in circular motion for street fighter which works fine. Precision Down+left is pretty bad and broken unless u mod the axis.Added annotation on 12:52 of the video regarding this.
Stock governer interactive max usage in launcher 1.2ghz(swiping apps opening closing)1hr psp emulation Test Untold legengs Lots of enemies constant fighting.
setcpu modified settings (skeleton directed)Staring values:
Battery at 46% wifi on screen brightness 25% Setcpu:1.4ghz max & min lock, governer ondemand, deadline.Ending values:
Battery at :34% clocks 1.4ghz constant.
heat: none that I notice.Conclusion: Problem Fixed
runs at 1.4ghz constant for 1hr if setcpu is used with ondemand,deadline 1.4 lock. Game runs smooth no skipping.Recommendation:
Definitely needs to be clocked higher as heat is a non issue. Set CPU IS REQUIRED for max performance.Thanks Skeleton:)
.There is some severe under clocking going on with the device when it comes to psp emulation, Im 100% sure its not running at 1.4ghz for more than 1hr 22mins. Most likely 800mhz-900mhz. This may be due to extreme temperature control as the device simply never gets hot at all.
Another reason is battery life is extremely long, so long that it is impossible that the device is constantly running at 1.4ghz while emulation.
A custom kernel is required for anyone who wants psp emulation. That will fix it.( YOU WILL NOTICE THIS IN NORMAL USAGE LIKE BROWSING AS WELL DURING LONG PERIODS OF USE)
.Latest Retroarch only launches but cant be used or taped on, its a bug as the newer retroarch's are extremely buggy. (can be related to 160 dpi also)
.Swap storage is NOT available on the XD you will need to use 3rd party apps.(future firmware may fix this)
.Screen refresh rate is 60hz (good for retro gaming)
Antut X score:
Benchmarks Atutu and Gpu bennchmark EDIT MAY BE FALSE!!!
. Physical comparison between New 3ds xl & XD , Hinge strength, hinge position levels, ergonomics. DS emulation (drastic)
.usability and comfort: heat, sticky/clicky buttons, sound, screen quality,refresh rate, wifi strength, analog, dpad
.Software GBA , ps1, psp, Ds, Moonlight gamestream(applies to wifi strength)
Benchmarking, battery tests, overclocking, custom firmware note:
I will run the antutu benchmark however for more in depth benchmarks & battery tests Id advise you to wait for DenoX's review as he usually discusses these in great detail. As for custom firmware, Id gladly test them should any become available.
Diagonals & Dpad : contra hard corps, Street fighter
Button sticky test: Gradius Galaxies (Shmup)
Screen color test: Vs GPD q9 vs new 3ds Xl (resolution will be disregarded)
Native Android game performance: Dungeon Hunter 5 ( fps is locked at 25/30 on android)
Strangers Wrath: All at high settings
User tests Edit:
ookla wifi speed
Mario64 analog motion report.
Modern combat 4/fps game test.
..Smash test. GPD XD will be smashed with a 600 ton Boulder or Space Beam/nuke a cola launcher to see if it survives.. based on this it shall receive +/- 1 million review points;)