In March 2019 Polymega was announced, an all-in-one console that aims to be the queen of retro platforms. Now, that proposal that would allow playing a multitude of entertainment systems such as the Super Nintendo or PlayStation among others is finally coming true and will be released on September 12.
Polymega, the queen of retro consoles
When Polymega was first announced in March 2019, there were many who could not stop paying attention to a very particular entertainment system for different reasons. The first and most striking: a perfect retro game console .
The statement may seem exaggerated, but the truth is that there are sufficient reasons to launch it on the fly. Even without having physically tested it, because only with its technical specifications and capabilities do you realize that it is not a normal retro console.
For starters, the idea behind Polymega is to offer a modular system. That means that through the purchase of different modules (sold separately) this particular retro console is able to offer compatibility for the official cartridge systems of up to 30 different machines. No, the first console with interchangeable cartridges is not on the list.
That is, you put the Super Nintendo module in the version you need (Japanese or United States) and you can play directly with the original cartridges you have. The same would happen with other machines that used their own cartridges.
So it is interesting to see that it is not simply an emulation through rom files that you have downloaded or can download from the internet. It is also a way to continue playing all these original titles that you have or can get without needing the original machine, which sometimes costs much more to find one that is in good condition and continues to work.
However, by default, Polymega includes a disc reader that allows you to load original games from consoles such as PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Sega CD, NEO GEO CD and Turbo Grafx CD.
The hardware for emulation
Along with the modules, the Polymega hardware is designed by and for the efficient emulation of the different games of the different supported consoles.
In the first place, through the direct execution of the games on cartridges or CDs , but also through files that can be saved on SD cards up to 1TB or on NVMe M.2 SSDs.
The games once stored digitally can be organized as a library, as with other emulation platforms such as RetroPie. Although the interesting thing is that the manufacturer intends to offer the purchase of games individually through its own digital store.
For the rest, the console is based on Intel, so at first there is plenty of power to run the different games of the different supported platforms.
Four years of development ending
With all this, the Polymega finally has a release date. Next September 12 it will go on sale and anyone interested in it will be able to get one and its respective modules depending on which ones interest them the most.
The base model with a wireless controller is priced at $ 449 . Then there will be a Deluxe version that includes the four additional modules that allow you to use the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Megadrive and Turbografx cartridges that will cost $ 765.
Of course they are not the only purchase options, there are also different control knobs that can be purchased with the design of the originals or some extra of the universal model. Although the most interesting is the pistol that will allow you to play certain titles in a very different way that, perhaps, only a few have experienced at some point.