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PS2 Compatibility List for Retroid Pocket 3+ and AYN Odin Pro

Written by thegaminggeek

January 1, 2023

I have the AYN Odin Pro and the Retroid Pocket 3+ in my retro handheld collection and have recently been testing Playstation 2 game performance. Several people in the retro handheld community have been maintaining a PS2 Compatibility list for both devices. However, these lists do not cover the entire PS2 game library.

As a means to contribute to this initiative, I’m compiling my own PS2 Compatibility list with AetherSX2 settings based on my personal testing. Without further ado, here is my PS2 Compatibility list for the AYN Odin Pro and Retroid Pocket 3+!

 

PS2 Compatibility List

 

LINKS TO THE EXISTING COMMUNITY GUIDES

Even though I’m making my own PS2 Compatibility list, we shouldn’t be limiting ourselves to a single source of information. You can reference the existing Compatibility Lists maintained by the community through these links:

Now that you have access to the existing guides, on to my own PS2 Compatibility list!

MY AETHERSX2 STARTING SETTINGS

I’ve got my own default AetherSX2 settings that I start with on every performance test. I’m not sure if everyone has the same, but it’s important that I mention it so that you know what I mean when I say “works on my defaults”.

  • System – EE Cycle Rate (Underclocking) – 100% (0)
  • System – EE Cycle Skip (Underclocking) – Normal (0)
  • System – Affinity Control Mode – Disabled
  • System – Multi-Threaded VU1 – Enabled
  • Graphics – GPU Renderer – Vulkan
  • Graphics – Upscale Multiplier – 1x Native
  • Graphics – Hardware Download Mode – Accurate
  • Graphics – Threaded Presentation – Enabled
  • Advanced – Enable Fastmem – Enabled
  • Advanced – Software Rendering Threads – 5 Threads
RATING SYSTEM

For consistency, I’ll borrow the ratings and definitions being followed by the RP3+ Compatibility Guide.

  • Great – Essentially full speed with few problems.
  • Playable – Either full speed or close to full speed. Sometimes has audio or visual problems.
  • Somewhat – 70%-89% speed, some graphical/audio glitches.
  • Bad – <70% speed, won’t start, or game-breaking glitches.
RETROID POCKET 3+ (Click on the links to see videos of the performance)
  • 17 games with video proof of playability!
  • Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 300% (3)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Moderate Underclock (2)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Disable Readbacks
    • Playable. Opening movie at 50% speed, but the game itself was at 100% with occasional dips.
    • Note: I didn’t get past the first dungeon after over 30 mins of playing (got KOed).
  • Canis Canem Edit (PAL Version) (also known as Bully)
    • Change GPU Renderer to OpenGL
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 60% (-2)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Moderate Underclock (2)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Unsynchronized.
    • Playable. You can feel the frame skipping in-game, but it’s not too bad.
    • Note: Vulkan works but you won’t be able to see anything in the Inventory screens, etc.
  • Enter the Matrix (PAL Version)
    • Works well on my defaults
    • Make sure you change the in-game brightness settings (game is so freakin’ dark).
  • Fight Night Round 2 (PAL Version)
    • Works on my defaults
    • Great performance, minimal framerate drops
  • Gran Turismo 4 (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 130% (1)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Maximum Underclock (3)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Unsynchronized.
    • If the game stalls when choosing cars, you will need to change Hardware Download Mode to Accurate, then back to Unsynchronized after the assets load.
    • Playable. Menus are at 60%-70% but the racing itself hovers around 95%-100%, with occasional dips.
  • Gungriffon Blaze (PAL Version)
    • Works well on my defaults.
    • Great performance, rare framerate drops.
  • NBA 2K12 (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 75% (-1)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Moderate Underclock (2)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Unsynchronized
    • Playable. Scenes run slow but gameplay is fine. Occasional framerate dips and sometimes you can feel the frame skip.
  • NBA Street (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Great performance, minimal framerate drops
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 60% (-2)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Moderate Underclock (2)
    • Playable performance. App says 100% game speed but feels closer to 90%. Occasional framerate drops.
  • Need for Speed: Underground 2 (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Races start slow but they get to 100% game speed after a few seconds. Occasional framerate drops.
    • Set Upscale Multiplier to 0.75x when exploring in Career Mode to further reduce the dips.
    • Playable performance. I would have said great, but the dips are too frequent and the “warm-up” is obvious.
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 75% (-1)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Great performance. Intro movie is at 50% but game itself plays well. Occasional framerate drops.
  • Resident Evil 4 (NTSC-U Version)
    • Works on my defaults
    • Great performance.
  • Rocky Legends (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 130% (1)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Great performance, with occasional framerate drips. Some rare graphical glitches too.
  • Spawn: Armageddon (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Great performance. Intro movie is at 50% but game itself plays well. Rare framerate drops.
  • SSX Tricky (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Disable Readbacks
    • Great performance with rare and almost unnoticeable framerate drops.
  • Tekken 4 (PAL Version)
    • Change EE Cycle Rate to 130% (1)
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Disable Readbacks
    • Playable. Great performance in some stages, but slow or has framerate dips in a few others. Menu is also slow.
  • WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (NTSC-U Version)
    • Change GPU Renderer to OpenGL
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Disable Readbacks
    • Great performance except for 6 wrestler matches, which will have frequent slowdowns. Slowdown in entrances.
    • Note: PAL version works better on my defaults but it’s not recorded on video.

 

AYN ODIN PRO (Click on the links to see videos of the performance)
  • 4 games with video proof of performance!
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (PAL Version)
    • Set your Odin Pro to Performance Mode.
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Great performance. Occasional framerate drops.
  • Need For Speed: Underground 2 (PAL Version)
    • Set your Odin Pro to Performance Mode
    • Great performance using my defaults with occasional framerate drops.
    • Set to High Performance to further reduce the dips.
  • WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (NTSC-U Version)
    • Set your Odin Pro to High Performance Mode.
    • Works well using my AetherSX2 settings defaults.
    • Great performance, save for the occasional slowdown in wrestler entrances.
  • X-Men Legends (NTSC-U Version)
    • Set your Odin Pro to Performance Mode
    • Change EE Cycle Skip to Mild Underclock (1)
    • Change Hardware Download Mode to Disable Readbacks
    • Go to Advanced Settings and uncheck Enable Fastmem.
    • Great performance with minimal dips.

 

Update History
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Created this guide.

4 Comments

  1. Jacob

    Tekken 4 was the best Tekken

    Reply
    • thegaminggeek

      Thank you for dropping by!

      Reply
  2. SL

    Thanks so much for the comprehensive lists especially for PS2 on the RP3+!

    Reply
    • thegaminggeek

      You’re welcome! Bookmark this, I add games every week!

      Reply

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