At $170, the PowKiddy X18S currently provides the best emulation performance you can find in a sub-$200 dedicated handheld right now. But as I demonstrated in my review video, its hardware leaves a lot to be desired. In this video we’re going to improve the gameplay experience by upgrading the d-pad, analog sticks, and face buttons to make this device a little bit more of a bargain. This is the first in a two-part video series; in the next X18S video I will upgrade the software experience with LineageOS.
Tools and Materials:
Nintendo DS Lite d-pad: https://ebay.us/w1s3qB
PS Vita 2000 analog sticks: https://ebay.us/v1jNH5
RG350 rubber membranes: https://ebay.us/CnCbTw
iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit: https://amzn.to/3cIZxhx
01:09 tools & materials
03:09 L2 trigger fix
04:38 more disassembly
06:25 analog stick replacement
08:04 d-pad and face buttons
12:51 hardware & gameplay testing
15:33 summary & conclusion
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Intro theme song sampled from “Hexadecimal Genome” by Bit Shifter:
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