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May 2019 Retro Gaming Article

May 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Polymega modular console got off to a rough start, but they're back with a pre-sale and good reviews

Polymega begins another pre-order
Back with a faster processor and state-of-the-art emulation, the modular approach to retro gaming is ready for pre-order.
I love the modular approach of Polymega's retro console. You can purchase the modules you want for the games you own. If you have a lot of SNES games, buy the SNES module. Not a fan of TurboGrafX... skip it. It's a cool model for a retro gaming all in one unit. It begins with a base unit to which you attach console specific modules with an appropriate cartridge slot and emulator.

However, in a sea of hardware-based Field Programable Gate Array (FPGA) consoles, the Polymega largely uses software emulation. While it was rumored to be a hybrid between FPGA and emulation, i'm not finding a lot of info about any FPGA modules. While this isn't a deal breaker, emulation often gets a bad name from bad emulators. From what I've read, they've licensed the best of the best emulators and folks who have independently tested it come away happy.

I recent'y bought Analogue's SuperNt console and love it! With that experience, i'd hoped Polymega would follow the FPGA route. I've read some good reviews of it lately and their pre-order opens today.

Last September they tried a pre-order that failed when their site went down for a few days and the launch was seemingly canceled. They look to be in much better shape for this launch and it sounds like the Polymega will be delivered this Summer.

Reserve your system a la carte starting at $299 USD, or get a discount bundle with four modules for $499. Love to see it succeed. Are you pre-ordering?

Polymega begins another pre-order

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