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 Post subject: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:22 pm 


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Hello,

does anybody own a Pandoras Box console?
There are different types available and i really want to know how good it works (emulation, controls).

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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:29 pm 


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As far as I can tell, they're just your standard run-of-the-mill Chinese bootleg boxes with terrible emulation. I couldn't recommend one with a clean conscience.

https://zerojay.com/pandoras-box-the-basics/

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Let’s talk a little bit about the type of performance you get from these Pandora’s Boxes and their bootleg clones.

Firstly, it’s very clear that the people making these Pandora’s Boxes and clones don’t actually know or care much about the games being played on them as as there’s a sizable amount of games on each of them that have problems bad enough to make them problematic or unplayable. You’ve got games that require a spinner or trackball 7, the occasional game that requires a forced reboot after NVRAM has been cleared 8, or have extremely high amounts of frameskipping. There often are also clones or duplicates of games, less so for the original Pandora’s Boxes but definitely more on the bootlegs as the bootleggers are simply trying to ship something with as high a number of games as possible. From my older Pandora’s Box 4 clone, 1299 games, I probably ended up disabling about 150 games total because of the above issues with most of the rest playing well enough.

Something you are going to have to come to grips with is that most of these Pandora’s Boxes have problems with screen tearing. I’ve been told that connecting through VGA fixes the issue but I haven’t had the chance to try that yet myself. The screen tearing is a bit better on the Pandora’s Box 5 and presumably 6, but it’s still not perfect and you will notice it sometimes.

There are also *no* save games, no NVRAM writing, no high scores, no typical emulation type options you might expect such as dip switches 9 or test buttons. This is a problem with games that feature long-term progression 10 but for the vast, vast majority of the games, this shouldn’t be a problem. But this can be a positive just as much as a negative because it keeps your time on the Pandora’s Box a very simple and quick experience. 11

Look, if you’re an emulation purist, these boxes aren’t for you. They will likely drive you crazy with all the flaws and issues. You often might be better off getting a small NUC PC and setting everything up there, however…
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:25 pm 


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Someone snarked with me one time after I recommended they don't buy it. They ended up returning it due to all the issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:13 am 


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They're really awful, please do not get one.
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:26 am 


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I don't recommend a consolized one, as you can get a much better emulation solution via a modded game console (Xbox, Wii, etc), a compact PC setup or a Rasberry Pi.

That said, if you have a JAMMA cab, they are cheap and easy enough to be a worthwhile multi-game solution. I have a V3 mounted in my cab that I swap to when I get tired of the few boards I have. They handle Neo-Geo, CPS1 and CPS2 really well. Everything else is a crapshoot.
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:35 am 


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Save your money. MISTer is gaining momentum.
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:46 am 


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Someone opened Pandora's Box? Where's Zyuranger when you need them?


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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:39 am 


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And what about that Rhaspberry Pi Jamma adaptor? Is that any good?
there also is Rhasberry Pi console: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Retro-Arcade-Co ... :rk:3:pf:0
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:04 pm 


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Nine times out of ten whatever hunk-of-junk computer your neighbor donated to Goodwill last month is going to outperform a Raspberry Pi.

Selling the product in that eBay listing is illegal, by the way.
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 Post subject: Re: Pandoras Box
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:54 pm 


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Here I thought this was going to be about the Alexey Pajitnov PC game of the same name.

Oh well, carry on.
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