We Turned This Cheap Second Hand Phone In A Powerful Emulation & Gaming Console!

Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Detective Dev

You know going into this I actually Wasn't sure if we were going to get Full Speed PS2 emulation into this device but It's doing an amazing job here Hey you what's going on everybody it's ETA Prime back here again today we're Going to be turning this used Android Phone that I recently picked up on eBay And to a powerful gaming slash emulation Console now of course when it comes to These Android phones you can always just Turn this into a handheld but one of the Big reasons I chose this specific device Is because it does support display over USB type c and I really wanted to make Kind of an in-home console with this Unit so what I have here is a used Galaxy S10 that I picked up on eBay I Bought this for 120 it's an unlock Sprint version we've got 128 gigabytes Of internal storage it does support a Micro SD card and we've got a Snapdragon 855 CPU along with eight gigabytes of RAM this one does have a few scuffs on It on the screen and the body but I got It for cheap enough that you know I'm Not worried about it and uh really I'm Not using it as an Android phone we're Going to turn this into kind of an In-home console now if you take a look On eBay you're going to find a ton of These unlocked versions these are going Anywhere from 80 up to two hundred Dollars I wouldn't spend and more than

120 on a pretty decent condition S10 and To tell you the truth you could get out A little cheaper by going with the s10e It's got a little less Ram but we will Get the same performance for what we're Doing with this device here now there Are a few extras that I needed along With this I actually wanted to get this Connected to a larger display over USB Type c and there's several ways to go About this you can use an adapter like This pretty cheap on Amazon I'll leave Links for everything in the description This one has ethernet and a couple USB Ports but another thing I've been Thinking about are these so-called steam Deck docks they're everywhere you can Get them for twenty dollars up to around Fifty dollars for a pretty decent one But these are basically going to do the Same thing USB type-c we've also got HDMI out it's got power in and some USB Ports I mean it's really up to you There's several ways to go about this or If you've already got a monitor that Supports a USB type-c video in then you Could just go ahead and use that that's Exactly what I'm going to be doing and Of course I'm going to be throwing a Controller in the mix I'm just using an Xbox One controller I'm going to connect Over Bluetooth but another thing that I Actually highly recommend is one of These phone coolers that kind of straps

On the back of the phone that way you Know if we're sitting there for like two Hours running this phone at full boat It's not going to overheat and thermal Throttle we'll get that full performance Out of the Snapdragon 855 basically all Day long and the way I've got mine set Up this actually functions as a stand Also so when I'm just connected to my Monitor with that USB type-c cable I've Got a stand kind of built in here So getting this all set up is actually Super simple I've got the pixio px27 pro Here it's got that USB type c in so uh We can do up to 1440p with this phone Here because these Samsung devices do Support Samsung decks and if you're not Familiar with Samsung Dax basically what We have here is a Desktop Android style Operating system that's built into these Higher end Galaxy S phones from Samsung From the S8 I believe maybe S9 on up Even their s line of tablets has this Built in and this is one of the main Reasons I wanted to use the Galaxy S10 Because after all I'm going to be using This as an in-home console and I wanted To kind of fill the screen we've also Got a desktop style operating system so If you wanted to get some work done you Could definitely do it right here Okay so I've got everything set up here And I am using a keyboard and mouse this Monitor actually has some USB ports on

The rear and they will function over USB Type c so I don't need to add any kind Of dock or anything like that Right now I'm at a resolution of 1600 by 900 but the S10 will go up to 1440p not Sure if we can do 4K because this Monitor is only 1440p but it does Function really well at this resolution And it looks great the Snapdragon 855 Can do 4K video playback if you wanted To do some you know YouTube video Playback or something like that but I Think we're going to be stuck right There at 1440 which isn't bad at all Given that we're running on an ARM Device right now Samsung Dex does Support multi-app multi-window so we can Launch a few apps at the same time I've Gone up to around six apps I really Didn't need much more than that but if You wanted to watch a video and kind of Browse the web at the same time you Definitely could do it And by the way I am using that Xbox Controller connected over Bluetooth it's Just connected to the phone and you can Actually navigate Samsung Dex from the Controller so we're not going to have Any issues playing our games like this The first thing I wanted to take a look At were some benchmarks I always have People asking about the performance Difference between Samsung Dax and just Android that's running on the phone and

The built-in screen so I've actually run A couple benchmarks here in Android 12 Just on the phone screen and in Samsung Dex top scorers from the built-in screen Bottom one is from Samsung Dex and as You can see I mean we did get a better Multi-core score with Dex but if I ran This a couple times back to back we'd Probably kind of even out there so There's really no difference when it Comes to the geekbench 5 benchmark Next up we've got a GPU Benchmark with 3dmark and for some reason I can't see These scores when I'm in Samsung Dex Mode at least side by side top scores From the built-in screen bottom scores From Samsung Dex we got a 3119 here and A 311 on the built-in screen so there's No difference here when it comes to GPU Performance either and finally antutu Coming in with a 500 6441 this is in Samsung Dex and we were Kind of right on par there we actually Got a 507 on the built-in screen so There's no reason to worry about losing Performance with Samsung Dex but now It's time to see how this thing really Performs we're going to start off with Some native Android gaming we're also Going to go with a little bit of cloud Gaming and of course we'll do some Emulation here Even though the Snapdragon 855 is a few Years old when it comes to Android

Gaming this thing's going to handle Basically anything that you can pick up From Google Play This is one that popped Up on Google Play hot lap League does Support controllers and I know it's a Bit hard to see but I do have the FPS in The top left hand corner we're running At 60 here very high settings Call of Duty mobile we've got the frame rate set To very high settings on high and uh Yeah this is one of those games that's Going to run at 60fps no problem at all It's a very well optimized game and it Does support controllers natively right Out of the box there's nothing we need To do with this I also wanted to test Out Diablo Immortal unfortunately with The S10 from the settings we can't go to 60fps with this game but right now we're At 30 medium settings and this game's Fully playable again great controller Support but there are games on Google Play that just don't do well with Controllers like Genji and impact Unfortunately we still haven't got Proper controller support here so I use A third-party application known as Mantis buddy this will allow us to kind Of map the controller to touch points on The screen but unfortunately I can't get Mantis buddy to work in Dex mode so We're kind of in mirror mode right now That's why you see those black bars on The top and bottom now ginch and impact

Will run in decks we can go full screen With it but we just can't get controller Support and right now we're at medium Settings 60 FPS you're not going to be Able to do this at very high settings 60 On the Snapdragon 855 and even at medium Settings I do notice some dips every Once in a while but if you wanted to go To High settings 30 it would run it all Day Next on the list we've got some cloud Gaming and this is Game Pass or Xbox x Cloud whatever you want to call it now I Also tested out GeForce now and with This device I mean it's good to go we've Got a pretty decent Wi-Fi chip here with The S10 but this monitor does support Ethernet so I would prefer being on a Wired connection when I'm doing cloud Gaming Now it's time to check out some Emulation and the Snapdragon 855 can Still hang with the big dogs it's been a While since I've tested any emulators on This chip here but since then we've got A lot of updates with most of these Emulators here be it a better opengl or Vulcan support and I'm really surprised At how well this thing's hanging in There we've got Dreamcast using the Redream emulator at 1920×1440. if the game works with the Emulator it's going to run it at full Speed next up we've got some PSP using

The Standalone version of PV sspp 3x Resolution Vulcan back in and with the Easier to emulate stuff we can go up to 5x on the Snapdragon 855 and when it Comes to the harder to emulate games for PSP like more specifically the God of War series 3x resolution Vulcan back in This looks amazing on the big screen and I gotta say it is running really really Well I didn't notice any kind of dips Here in the performance And when the 855 was new it was Definitely the go-to chip for gaming and Emulation uh since then we've got more Powerful Snapdragon chips on the market But some of those phones can get up There in the price getting a used device Like this with this kind of performance Is actually a pretty decent deal if you Ask me Especially considering that we can get Full Speed PS2 emulation out of this Device here's ethers X2 Vulcan back in And with Gran Turismo 4 I had to go to 1.5 x resolution not exactly sure what's Going on here because this is usually an Easier one to emulate but with the next Two games I went up to 2X and didn't Have an issue with it Kingdom of Hearts 2 2x resolution Vulcan back end still Using that same emulator here Xbox Controller connected over Bluetooth this Game ran at 30 FPS on original PS2 Hardware so that's what we're getting

Here but I gotta say one of the most Impressive ones that I tested was God of War 2. so I actually went with the European version because uh these Actually run at 50 FPS instead of 16. I Know we're working with an older chip Right now we're at 2x resolution Vulcan Back in and even though this is running At 50 FPS it still feels great it's a Lot better than kind of Dipping under That 50 Mark with the US version And finally you know we had to test out Some GameCube and Wii and with this First game Mario car I'm using an Emulator known as dolphin mmjr2 it's Basically just a modified version of the Dolphin Emulator but it is a bit older And with these Snapdragon chips recently We've got some updates with the Dolphin Emulator that allow us to get much Better performance using the opengl back End and I'd say at least for the time Being on a device like this with a Snapdragon 855 just go with the original Dolphin version using opengl for most of The games and you're going to get some Pretty good performance even with games Like Automotive stuff now I will tell You that Rogue Squadron 2 and f-zero Isn't going to run at full speed on this But there's still a lot of great GameCube and Wii games that we can play At full speed with this S10 and that Snapdragon 855.

So overall I'm actually really impressed With the gaming and emulation Performance that this device can put out Especially given the price that you can Pick these up for right now I mean at 120 bucks it's not a bad deal if you're Gonna use it now like I mentioned at the Beginning of the video you could always Go with the s10e and you might get out a Bit cheaper you can also get those for Around the same price on Amazon that way You have kind of a warranty you can also Test it out for a little while and then Send it back if it's not something that You're into but the s10e only has six Gigs of RAM as opposed to eight gigs With this and uh you know when it comes To emulation and gaming you're not going To notice a difference it's still going To put out that same kind of performance That we saw in this video so yeah if You're interested in putting something Like this together I will leave links in The description but keep in mind I mean If you've already got a Galaxy S device In your pocket you can use Samsung Dax You can connect it to a larger display And that's one of the big reasons I like Using these devices there are more Powerful devices out there with Something like the Snapdragon 870 that We might be able to score for just a bit More money but 99 of those devices don't Support display over USB type-c and

That's the big reason I always go to These Galaxy S devices but that's going To wrap it up for this video really Appreciate you watching let me know your Thoughts in the comments below I mean What did you think about the performance Given the price that you can get one of These for is this something that you're Interested in doing are you gonna skip It let me know down below and like Always thanks for watching

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