China is famous (or infamous) to build hardware clones which usually provide 1-2 decade old technology at an affordable price. Like we have said at the end of our article on latest gaming consoles – unless an ordinary person is playing gambling, casino it is not really practical to buy all possible latest original add-on hardware for Sony PSP to enjoy virtual reality. Here is an overview of the cheap China game consoles with price tags $10 to $400. Some of them are capable enough to run advanced Android games supporting virtual reality providing immersive gaming experience. Chinese electronics cost lower for multiple reasons; one of them is recycling some of basic electronic components, like Nokia 5110 displays used in DIY electronics are nothing but recycled from thrown away old mobile phones; another reason is lower cost of labour. Not all Chinese electronics are just crap. Indeed, the whole earth uses ordinary USB modems from ZTE, Huawei like companies.
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Cheap China Game Consoles : Just The Entry Grade Handled Game Consoles
The simple Made in China entry grade gamepads everywhere (how that is sometime unknown) available on online shops to real world and they are usually Java based, has a colour screen and the control buttons, joysticks with preloaded games. They usually lack anyway to upload new games and usually have 1000 or more preloaded games. Their price range starts from $5 upwards. They lack connectivity options and hardware specifications not available.
Handheld Cheap China Game Console : Recall Nokia N-GAGE Emulators For Nokia S60 V2, V3
They commonly sold as “Chinese PSP”.
Nokia was a real good mobile phone company which had a useful series for playing game – Nokia N-GAGE. As Nokia’s that series used to run Symbian S60 V2 operating system, it took not much time to discover software emulators to run Nokia N-GAGE games on other Nokia smart phones running Symbian S60 V2, V3 operating system like Nokia 6600 (S60 V2), Nokia N73 ME (S60 V3). Cracked versions of the games were also available. At that time Symbian operating system was not open source (Symbian operating system became open source later when Nokia sold their mobile part to Microsoft). The basic philosophy of Nokia N-GAGE software emulators was getting the chance of more highly developed game for Nokia N-GAGE platform. Consumer grade handheld gaming consoles from Sony, Microsoft usually do not have any open source operating system. But wait, there is Android and Android devices has good number of paid and free games. You were possibly thoughtful around how to buy new games from China! So this type of sets is one big segment of the Cheap China Game Consoles. China basically combined the idea of Nokia N-GAGE Emulators.
This is a big segment and hardware specifications and price hugely vary. JXD is quite well known Chinese company who has quite good quality game consoles. JXD S7800B is quite serious handheld, so as JXD Singularity S192. JXD’s official site :
has full English version with prices in USD. Most important feature of these consoles is – they officially support emulators, has lot of connectivity options and onboard display! One can buy PSP, PS, NDS, GBA etcetera games and run on them. It is not only JXD, there is all possible known Chinese companies including Huawei. Devices from unknown, less known companies cost $20 upwards. They commonly have :
- Built in games 4.3″ or larger TFT LCD screen
- Built in games
- Built in control knobs, buttons, joysticks
- Can download more games of supported formats from internet
- Supports 8 Bit, 16 Bit, & 32 Bit multi format games like – SFC (sfc/smc), SMD, GBA (gba), GBC (gbc), NES (nes), files
- Built in flash memory 4GB
- “Mid range” upwards have A/V output jacks to connect to television/LCD screen
- “Mid range” upwards runs Android or sometime custom GNU/Linux operating system
- Bigger known brands have dedicated NIVDIA GPU
- Connectivity options vary from USB/Micro USB, Bluetooth to WiFi
High End (Yet) Cheap China Game Consoles
This segment’s hardwares are quite powerful and looks almost like Sony, Xbox full game console. Many China companies including Huawei has high end consoles which are exact clones like XBox, Sony PSP which are intended to be plugged to television set or LCD screen are also available. JXD Singularity S192 model actually is towards high end :
Huawei’s Tron console has an Apple Mac Pro looking (but miniature) cylindrical part with quite powerful hardware that runs Android. Huawei targeted Tron to be sold at $120 per unit (not typographical error). There is Fuze. Fuze’s gaming console gaming consoles are more than Sony PSP in one aspect – it runs our known open source Android operating system. Fuze Tomahawk F1 game console does support virtual reality, costs around $300. Unlike JXD, neither these consoles are not so easily available across the globe nor they have easy English versions. There are lot of websites with full reviews, YouTube reviews on them.
As we clearly know that Huawei, ZTE practically are international brands with cheap LTE modem, indeed we use Huawei E5573 Router WiFi Hotspot. None will say that those devices are bad. Their basic advantage is tie-up with telecom companies and some sort of existence of support. But, support of these cheap China game consoles upon malfunction are not yet worldwide common. They are infamously “use and throw” type of devices and whether will work forever depends on luck. Consoles from JXD, ZTE, Huawei definitely far better and may be it is possible to find some official repair in any country.
That is said. Playing too much realistic games has similar problem like which exists with playing online gambling. If you go to some online gambling website like casinoaus and scroll to towards the bottom – you’ll see they also mentioned the risk of addiction under the header “OVERCOME PROBLEM”. Sadly, the online gambling and casino sites has friendly, humane clear warning but these game console manufactures from Sony, Microsoft to China companies lack that warning. You should not allow your child to get addicted with gaming.
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