First look is great with a very well made body. Whilst it comes with a changeable clip-on controller and an end-cap, I haven’t used those yet, preferring to use the main “x-box” compatible clip-on controller .
Having come from an Odroid Super Go which runs out of the box easily with its Emulation Station set up whereby roms play quickly and easy, the GPD XP needs a lot of time to get it set up although there is a small handful of android games ready to use immediatelly. I am a previous owner of a GPD XD and GPD XD plus and I forgot that it also took a while to get those running peefectly, after which things become much easier.
The biggest problem I found was that the GPD XP comes with Andoid 11 whereby it is not easily compatible with an external SD card, even though I had previously bought a 1tb sd card to use with it. I also suggest that you you do not prepare your sd card before you get it, as you will need to format it within the GPD XP. Whilst I initially formatted it as internal storage, the increased size did not show up either within the settings or even when I connected via usb to a windows pc. There may be work-arounds which I haven’t yet found, but I then re-formatted my 1tb sd card to external storage which at the moment I prefer.
The GPD XP doesn’t come with Retroarch which you have to download, but the problem was that the app did not recognize my sd card. However, I found a workaround online which shows how to edit the Retroarch config file so it then reads from the external sd card. Of course, everything would have been fine if I used the sizable 128gb available on the GPD XP internal drive, but I didn’t want to do that. I also had problems downloading other emulator apps, as many of them also would not read the external sd card due to Android 11. For example, whilst gba.emu doesn’t seem to read from external, ppssppp works fine.
The other problem I had was that the GPD XP formats the external SD card as fat32 which then won’t allow roms files above 4gb - such as some of the Wii and PS2 roms. I got round this by downloading those large sized roms on to the internal storage where they work fine. Once again, there might be workarounds which I haven’t yet found.
However, I quickly found that the quickest way to use the GPD XP easily was to download the “launchbox” app which after upgrading to the pro edition for 25 us dollars works beautifully and reads from the external storage and almost everything works well straight away.
Some of the games I’ve been quickly testing so far are: [****], Wii, Dreamcast, PS1, PSP - apart from psp which I use ppsspp, the rest are played via Launchbox. However, I have noticed that when closing down a game within Launchbox, I have to also close down Retroarch before it allows me to start a new game. It is possible that a setting change might cure this.
The other thing which works really well is Cloud gaming. I am subscribed to Xbox Game pass, and when using that app, the Game streaming works great. I even tried a 3ds game which loaded, but unfortuately was unplayable due to poor frame rate.
So in summary, my score is 75% and my review is
The GPD XP - a lovely well built machine. The screen is really good and I have easily changed the screen setting for most games to 16:10
SETTING UP - Needs a bit of work and time to get things up and running. I am not overly keen on the launch screen, but other future user recommendations might get me to change it
GAME PLAY - Everything I have tried up to PSP, PS1, N64, Gamecube and Wii so far works really well.
THE FUTURE - Future updates may improve the current problem of Android 11 not reading external storage