|After spending some time with it, the handheld itself is ok, and I do like how it says SNK on it. Overall however, there is just something about it, that feels cheaply made. It is acceptable for what it is, an emulation system. I expect that it will be modded soon to allow the use of other emulators. The screen reminds me of my old PSP 1000, which I used to play a lot of emulation on until I sold it.The Joystick on the other hand, that just felt REALLY cheap to me.While playing games on the handheld, I did not notice tearing and everything was acceptable. The buttons seemed responsive and the joystick itself took a bit of getting used too. All these years of analog sticks and standard D-Pads have spoiled me :>
Using the game through the base station, HDMI looked ok AFTER I turned off all up scaling and put my HDTV into game mode. Through the HDMI the audio was acceptable. If I did not put the tv into game mode I would get extreme video tearing.
There is a 8 second lag time from power on to the time you see a NEO GEO logo. I assume this is due to the linux OS booting up. After that, you are greeted with a very functional but plain menu. The first time I put it into the docking station and turned it on, I thought it was a non-functional unit due to this lag time. I am very used to consoles at least throwing up a splash screen on power on to let you know they are in fact on.
The base station has NO indicator light to let you know it is on, which would have been nice. Also, I feel like I am going to break the base station or the jacks on the handheld with the force that is required to dock.
Was the purchase worth it? 200 dollars…. that’s a tough one. I love the NeoGeo games and I would not have purchased this if not for that name. The Limited edition box is nice enough, but I do not buy things for the box…. and there is also a typo on the box, which is typical for many of these “clone” systems coming out of china. In retrospect I will probably keep it simply because shipping something back from Alaska is a pita. Would I buy it again? No, I would rather take that 200 dollars and a few friends and go out for a nice dinner and form a better memory than this console has left me with.
Archive for December, 2012
Tags: neo geo, neogeo x gold, video games
I was contemplating last night what my next video should be… should I stay with electronics, should I do a quick game review on some of the rarer games that I own? Should I show off some of my works in progress… the MidiBox SID ? The next version of my home brew gas laser ? I could do an instructional video on something, like repairing a charging circuit in a laptop? … nah, not the laptop, that sounds an awful lot like my day job and very very dry material.:P
This has been a really odd holiday season, both good and bad. I lost a friend to a severe accident involving electrical wiring, a ladder, and a staircase. That does put a major shadow over the whole season. I will miss him.
I will figure out what I want to do soon.
Well, I got my new neogeo X gold and I have to say, the handheld itself is great 🙂 The joystick on the handheld is even “clicky”.
The Docking station itself is neat, it lets you, using composite or HDMI out, hookup to the TV and use a usb controller. It opens in a clamshell style and you place the handheld inside it to charge. They really need to include a simple stand alone charger instead of the docking station.
The arcade stick to use with the docking station however feels cheap. Really Cheap. They claim that it is built identical to the original neogeo AES joystick, and even though it is close, it is not the same. My Sega genesis fight stick or my nintendo NES advantage weigh more (almost double) and actually feel MUCH better made, and there is absolutely NO comparison to something like my X-arcade or even the arcade cabinet.
I noticed there is also a typo on the box 🙂 They say that it outputs component and HDMI, when in fact it is COMPOSITE and HDMI.
I did not notice any tearing with the video when just using the handheld, it is currently charging up a bit so I can give it a more thorough examination. Others who purchased this bundle did note video tearing on their HDTV sets, I am wondering if this is due to their built in upscalers. Also, the games do NOT keep your high score and there is no way to save a game 😦 I hope they fix this with an update to the system firmware soon.
For all its faults … you just have to remember one thing …. Metal Slug 😛