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Handheld PC

This page provides information to run Batocera on your favorite handheld PC. We are talking about x86_64 PC hardware designed for handheld gaming. These are typically on the larger side (similar to a Nintendo Switch) and require active cooling (a fan) to function.

If you were after the weaker and more portable handhelds, click here.

As of writing this product currently isn't out. This section will be updated when it does.

The Aya Neo, Founder Edition or Kickstarter edition (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U based, with a 7“ screen) should be working out of box with Batocera v31 and later versions.

The OneXPlayer (Intel Tiger Lake i5 or i7 11xxG7 CPU, with a 8.4” screen) is supported out-of-the-box with Batocera v32 and later versions. The OneXPlayer S1 should also be supported, but has yet to be tested.

However, if running v31 or you find your screen is rotated incorrectly (from a hardware perspective, the screen is a vertical tablet screen in portrait mode), you can do the following:

1. Set the screen in landscape mode. Edit the batocera.conf file and add:

display.rotate=3
splash.video.rotation=3
# splash.screen.sound=0

This will both rotate the EmulationStation and emulators screen, but also the splash boot video if you're using one.

2. By default, the only resolution supported is 1600×2560 (native resolution of the screen panel). Even with a beefy CPU, it's not really necessary to have such a high resolution on the OneXPlayer. You can force a 1080×1920 resolution by editing the /boot/batocera-boot.conf file and add:

# disable the splash screen
# splash.screen.enabled=0
es.forcedresolution=1080x1920:60

WARNING Yes, it's 1080×1920, as the hardware screen is in portrait mode.

WARNING 2 By default the /boot mount point is read-only, you might need to do a mount /boot -o remount,rw before editing it from your SSH session.

After a reboot, this will force a new resolution called “1080x1920_60.00” in the Video Mode options from the Games Settings menu ([START] button). I'd recommend you to use this resolution, as it will require less CPU/GPU power, which means a better battery life on your device.

If you use the Thunderbold output to play your games on a 4K monitor and want to keep the full 1600×2560 resolution, you still select AUTO or 1600×2560 and have the full experience. In that case, if you want to use bezels, I'd recommend to also set the Stretch bezels (4K and ultrawide) option from the GAME SETTINGS menu.

Additional notes:

  • The “home”, “keyboard” and “turbo” buttons won't be usable, they're not attached to the rest of the controller
  • Touchscreen is not supported at the moment. The USB “Surface-like” OneXPlayer keyboard is fully supported though.

The 8100Y model has a locked BIOS and cannot support booting into other operating systems, like Batocera. The M3 7Y30 is confirmed working.

FIXME (The values may be 1 instead of 3, depending on original rotation.)

Set the screen in landscape mode. Edit the batocera.conf file and add:

display.rotate=3
splash.video.rotation=3

This will both rotate the EmulationStation and emulators screen, but also the splash boot video if you're using one.

Suspending by closing the lid currently does not function, but otherwise is fully operational. The MAX and Win 3 should also work but as of writing isn't confirmed. The XD and XD Plus are Android-powered ARM devices, and currently not supported by Batocera.

Booting off the SD card port is possible, but will result in a black screen. Booting via the USB port is recommended. More information for booting generic Linux-based OS's from the SD card port on this Reddit post. There are very slim Micro-SD card adapters that sit nearly flush with the device you can buy:

A micro-SD card reader the size of the USB tongue itself.

Performance

5th gen and below run flawlessly. Can run Wii games decently. Struggles with most PS2 games, but can run easy-to-run games at full speed. You can check out Batocera Nation's demonstration video here (the installation instructions earlier in the video are outdated).

This device is not supported currently. It can boot up, and if connected to an external screen it can work, but the main portable screen shows only black.

FIXME

A small handheld ultrabook equipped with a Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake i7-1160G7 (non-pro has a weaker Intel 10th gen). It has detachable controllers connected via Bluetooth. Should work out of box with Batocera but testing is required. Can use an external GPU, which also needs testing (not likely working).

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