How the heck do people play on such tiny screens? (

I’ve got a Powkiddy X55 and I’m really enjoying it, but for some games I find even its 5.5” screen to be fairly small for the task, particularly when looking at games from the 32-bit era and up.

How on earth are people actually managing to play these games on 3.5” and 2.8” displays? I feel like it would be really cramped for screen real estate or you’d basically be holding the device in front of your nose just to play it.


I guess it really depends on the person, it’s like how I can’t stand watching the TV because even with a fresh new glasses prescription, I can’t make out anyone on a TV Screen.

For me, I find small screens to work well for me. Though I do tend to keep the screen somewhat close.


I don’t know, for me the Miyoo Mini screen is very good if you are not playing heavy text based games… Smaller than that, I don’t know, but certainly above that I’m fine with it.

rasterweb avatar

I’ve got an RG35XX and I don’t think I hold it any closer to my eyeballs than I do my mobile phone.

BitingChaos, avatar

Want to see cramped?

Start up a Nintendo DS game on the RG35XX and then open its configuration.

Imagine its small 3.5" display, but cut equally into 4 tinier squares. The settings screen for the DS emulator is squeezed into 1/4 of the screen at the bottom left, and it uses a tiny font meant for a full screen display.

I had to take off my glasses and hold the RG35XX about 3 inches from my face to see any of the text.


Yikes, that sounds terrible.

I actually really liked handhelds back in the day and still do. I had the original Game Boy, eventually the GB Pocket and GBA, and the Nintendo DS Lite was one of my favorite devices of all time.

But now though? I can’t fathom something smaller than the 2DS XL and even with the Powkiddy x55 there’s games I’m like… this is gray but let me move this over to my tablet.

I feel like 7-8” display is the sweet spot for me, but finding a reasonably powerful device in that form factor is just a no-go unless I want to spring for the Steam Deck. Tablets in that size tend to be trash.

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