Happy Chick emulator, Kindle Fire, and Betop Controller Part 3

Continued from Happy Chick emulator, Kindle Fire, and Betop Controller Part 2

It's difficult to ascertain what cores the developers used with Happy Chick's emulator. Comparisons to emulators used with Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and macOS can be misleading because the Fire HD 8 is a budget tablet and the downloadable games clearly came from different sources and forks.  Settings such as stereo audio, slowing down or speeding up frame rates, or adjusting aspect ratio vary between the games I tested.



Nevertheless, performance on the Fire HD 8 is excellent and the controller was responsive for the N64, Super Famicom, and Genesis games I tested. Most users who have never ran emulators will appreciate the quality of the emulation of older gaming platforms.

Note: I never owned any gaming console and stopped playing any type of console or PC game after 1995, but I noticed differences between running Castlevania: Dracula X on Happy Chick and the same game on Fedora 25 using snes9x-gtk on an Acer ES 11. The difference won't affect gameplay for the most part, though I'm sure experienced players will notice the odd behavior or two.



All in all, Happy Chick emulator's user experience on a Kindle Fire HD 8 is pretty good with or without the use of a USB OTG adapter and wired controller such as the BTP-2175. The comprehensive support for gaming platforms and the number of free games available is certainly attractive for retro gamers. Moreover, the larger screen of the Kindle Fire HD 8 and similar Android tablets is definitely preferable to the smaller portable game emulator I had previously tested.



If you're already running an emulator on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, or macOS, then using Happy Chick may be redundant. On the other hand, there is some advantage to just connecting a controller to a tablet and immediately start playing, as opposed to booting up to a Linux or FreeBSD desktop or laptop and running an emulator application.



For details on using the BTP-2175 on Fedora 25, openSUSE 42.2 and FreeBSD 11 on VirtualBox, refer to Tested: BETOP controller with Fedora 25, and openSUSE 42.2/FreeBSD 11 on VirtualBox.

For details on using OpenEmu on macOS, refer to Tested: BETOP controller, OpenEmu, 360Controller driver on macOS 10.12.x.

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