I tried 6 pirate game consoles from AliExpress

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AliExpress is so full of more pirate consoles than you can shake a peg-leg at, but what exactly are they? Are they repurposed Android TV Boxes, or emulation stations running on custom linux, or faithful adaptations of the original consoles with after-market chips? Are the controllers stiff, mush, or somewhere in the sweet zone?

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Intro: Laszlo – Supernova
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Outro: Approaching Nirvana – Sugar High
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Intro animation by MBarek Abdelwassaa
Monitor And Keyboard by vadimmihalkevich / CC BY 4.0  
Mechanical RGB Keyboard by BigBrotherECE / CC BY 4.0
Mouse Gamer free Model By Oscar Creativo / CC BY 4.0

0:00 Intro
1:10 Mi Pad80 Famiclone/Flashlight
3:10 GameStation 5
5:35 Arcade Box
8:38 Hyper Base FC
11:21 Super Console X King/Beelink GT King
13:44 Super Console X Pro Plus
15:49 Conclusions from Grandma


  1. Kid: Mom I want a PlayStation 5

    Mom: We have a PlayStation 5 at home

    PlayStation 5 at home:

  2. Linus you forgot to blow on the cartridge.

  3. This ginger dude straight up looks like an animation

  4. "I wouldn't pilot a submarine with it" – Linus got me 😀

  5. 3:50 The schmoo on the chip isn't to hide the chip (though it does do the job). It's the cheapest possible way to put a chip onto a board. You have a machine that solders bare wire from a silicon chip onto a PCB, then you drop an epoxy blob on it, and your unit costs from all that are hilariously low. Only problem is that you can never remove the chip from the board ever again. So people only do it on very low-cost garbage – i.e. these things.

  6. 5:20 "You have to hit these guys when they're down? Isn't that against the Geneva Convention?"

    The Russian-language manual you got in the box should have been fair warning that video games don't do the whole Geneva Convention thing

  7. the background music on this vid sounds strangely similar to the 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship Opening, famously spoofed by Key & Peele

  8. 3:50 that schmoo is not to hide the package underneath because there is no package undernearh. It is to protect a bare silicon die of some short and if you sell a lot of these it's a few pennies cheaper this way.

  9. I'd buy a GameStation 5 just to show it to my friends

  10. "LMG SECURITY" should be an extension of the LMG Labs

  11. Would of been very nice to have seen the AV only boxes hooked up to an actual CRT to see if they output a true 240p instead of 480i

  12. The Russian manual has Spanish captions lmao

  13. I, as a european appreciate your football joke 😂

  14. Your review might have sunk the entire Russian economy and saved the world!

  15. Playing a virtual boy game is already not easy on a virtual boy, playing it on a non 3d screen or without a vr headset is nearly impossible, regardless of the controller you use. Wit the tennis game, you don't see how close the ball is. With a virtual boy (that actually shows a stereoscopic 3d image) you can actually see how close it is.

  16. clicks on "badassbabes"… gets what was expected… blames it on the game 😂

  17. Geneva Convention?? Your Canadian they’re the Geneva suggestions

  18. Should do a video on the wealth of retro emulation handhelds such as the Miyoo Mini+ and Retroid consoles.

  19. 10:22 "I wouldn't pilot a submarine with them"
    linus you monster 😭

  20. Why does Linus insist on Grandma having cheap knockoff consoles?!

  21. love how excited he got about some of the Hyper Base FC stuff 🙂

  22. 4:44
    I actually know someone who plays with the controller like that.

    They are twins and we're friends of my little brother.
    I guess the reason why is the or older brother was a bully and wouldn't let them play normal.

    Here's the kicker, they were among the best CoD players I have ever seen(no matter which way they were holding the controller).

    It is absolutely shocking to be thoroughly dominated just to glance over to realize you have been holding the controller upside-down your whole life.


  23. the guy with the redbeard looks like a serial killeer for real wtf

  24. year 7 of watching Linus he still can’t say chassis

  25. The flashlight on the handheld is for when you drop the battery

  26. I'm sure it was done wrong intentionally, but it still annoyed me that they used a Super Famicom/PAL SNES Mini, NTSC SNES cart and an NES controller in the opening.

  27. 10:45 anyone that claims the N64 controller joystick had massive dead zones, never actually used an N64 controller. Of course it had long term durability issues, but outside of that it was incredibly accurate.

  28. Got to have the loud fan for the PS4 experience 🙂

  29. Why pay 60 on aliexpress when I can pay 30 on Temu?

  30. So, my question is… Can you build a better, fairly cheap, legally licensed emulator?

  31. You know what the worst part of rollerblading is.

  32. Talking about the controller: "I wouldn't pilot a submarine with one of these" – Linus

    Bro… lmfao

  33. 10:27 i have to say thats pretty good deal around 60 bucks considering that Original Xbox or PS4 controller costs is also around 60 bucks and i have used some cheap xbox controllers around 20 bucks and those have been horrific
    13:02 lel, they ripped off Intels Skull Canyon logo 😀

  34. Am I the only who feels Emily needed to be in this video?! Can’t wait til she’s back!

  35. I'd be interested if something like this was possible on an old phone or laptop. It would be more modular and you could also do stuff with it that doesn't involve playing pirated games.

  36. " I wouldn't pilot a submarine with them"….. Linus is on Brandon herrara tier 😅

  37. 6.7” is a perfect size for anything. I would argue it’s big actually

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