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Retroid Pocket 2+ can now emulate PS2 games thanks to AetherSX2

Handheld PS2 games are no longer just a dream.

Updated: Dec 7, 2021 3:52 pm
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A new low-spec PS2 emulator has made it possible to play PlayStation 2 titles on the recently released Retroid Pocket 2+ handheld game console from Go Retroid. 

The Retroid Pocket 2+ is a hardware refresh of the popular Retroid Pocket 2 handheld line, which significantly increases the power of the device. At launch it could already play a lot of Dreamcast and GameCube games at full speed. That made sure it was already an attractive device at $99 USD. 

AetherSX2 is a powerful new PlayStation 2 emulator app for the Android operating system that you can now download from the Google Play store. You can add it to your account here for free. Once installed, you can use AetherSX2 to play legally made backups of the PlayStation 2 back catalogue on a Retroid Pocket 2+, or even another compatible Android device like a tablet or phone with enough CPU and GPU power. 

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With the release of the AetherSX2 emulator, the Retroid Pocket 2+ becomes even more of a must-purchase emulation device for the retro gamer on the go. It’s screen resolution and form factor also make it an ideal choice for playing games from the 4:3 past — or even handheld consoles like the Game Boy Advance. If you’d like to pick one up, you can find it here.

Here’s some gameplay footage from the YouTuber Taki Udon showing off the handheld and emulator running the original Crash Bandicoot 4 release, TT Games’ Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. 

What are the Retroid Pocket 2+’s Specs and Features?

  • Unisoc Quad-core Tiger T310 
  • 1 x A75 + 3 x A55 + PowerVR GE8300 
  • 2GB LPDDR4x + 32GB EMMC
  • Android 9
  • WiFi 2.4G/5G + BT 5.0
  • Battery 4000mAh
  • 3.5 inch 480p touch screen with aspect ratio of 4:3 
  • Integrated rumble motor for better gaming experience
  • Conductive rubber design for D-pad and face buttons
  • Left/Right Analog Joystick
  • Built-in official game launcher and frontend
  • Built-in official OTA support for incremental upgrading

What do you think of the Retroid Pocket 2+ hardware? Will you be getting one for yourself, or are you waiting for the Retroid Pocket 3 that is also on the way? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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