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January 21, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Polymega beta testing has been opened up to those who have already paid for a unit during their pre-order

Polymega beta testing
I've never heard of beta testing being restricted to those who've paid for the console already.
The Polymega retro gaming console is very unique and enticing, but it has dragged on for quite a long time. They take a modular approach. You buy a base unit and then buy "console specific" hardware modules for the games you want to play. This way, you purchase only the hardware you need. Have NES games, buy the NES module. TurboGrafX games? No problem - buy the TurboGrafX module. That's a very cool approach.

It's a great concept... if they can bring it to market and reliably add additional hardware options for more consoles. Today I heard they are opening up beta testing. I'd love to see this amazing concept in action. Alas, their beta testing is restricted to those who have already pre-ordered a Polymega unit.

I've never heard of that. Testing is supposed to be impartial, which is why manufacturers typically provide beta units free-of-charge. The other oddity is that I hadn't heard about pre orders until Polymega pre-orders in September 2018/ That was over a year ago!

I really think Polymega's modular approach is innovative and a great way to take retro gaming tech in the modern age. There's a lot of benefits to not melding "everything" into one expensive device. Letting users choose modules is awesome. I wonder if they are a big enough operation to attract venture capital to move things along. I hope they can bring this concept successfully to market.

Polymega beta testing

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