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    Default AtGames Unveils 2017 Retro Console Range (Atari, SEGA)

    by Nick Thorpe, 19 July 2017

    AtGames has announced the pricing for its 2017 range of plug-and-play consoles based on Sega and Atariís most popular hardware of the past.

    The Atari Flashback 8 Gold is coming in at $79.99, and offers several additional features over older models. The biggest of these is undoubtedly the move to 720p video output, a long-awaited inclusion which finally marks a shift away from the ubiquitous but terrible composite AV connections so often used in plug-and-play machines. The console also offers scanline filters, game saving (as well as pause and rewind functions), 2.4GHz wireless controllers and two standard control ports for your old Atari joysticks. The console features 120 Atari 2600 classics, with this yearís line-up including Activision hits such as Kaboom!, Pitfall and River Raid. A special Activision Edition adds ten more games for a total of 130, also at $79.99.

    For those without the benefit of HDMI-compatible TVs, the Atari Flashback 8 ($59.99) offers 105 Atari 2600 games, uses standard composite AV and wired controllers, and omits special features such as game saves. If you want to take your Atari classics on the move, the Atari Flashback Portable Game Player ($59.99) is returning for 2017, with 70 built in games including exclusive Namco hits such as Pac-Man and Dig Dug. As before, this machine features a rechargeable battery and composite TV output, as well as SD card support to add more games.

    On the Sega side, the Sega Genesis Flashback is coming in at $79.99 and again offers many features over AtGamesí previous Mega Drive machines. 720p output over HDMI is the standard here too, and scanline filters, save game support and the rewind feature are all present. Most importantly though, AtGames is claiming that this new model will offer improved emulation of the original hardware that addresses one of the biggest weaknesses of past models Ė sound quality. The system also offers wireless controllers, control ports and a cartridge slot for your original games. The systemís 85 built-in games includes a mixture of Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear and original games.

    The budget-oriented may wish to consider the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console ($59.99). This features 81 built-in Mega Drive and original games, wired controllers and standard composite AV, and appears to be based on previous poorly-received models. The Sega Genesis Ultimate Portable Game Player ($59.99) is the handheld model, which features 85 built-in Mega Drive and original games with save game support, accepts games via SD card, has composite TV output and runs from a rechargeable battery.

    All of these consoles will be available for pre-order from Friday 28 July 2017, and are due to launch in September 2017.

    Source: https://www.retrogamer.net/blog_post...console-range/
    Last edited by Nz17; 07-23-2017 at 04:11 AM.

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    I'm not paying those prices for these, will wait for clearance and/or discount days. If I do at all. Genesis are not compatible with the Everdrive's, so you're kind of stuck with the crappy game selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    Genesis are not compatible with the Everdrive's, so you're kind of stuck with the crappy game selection.
    Um, but what about the SD card support for ROM's that some of these have?

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    SD cart is not on the HDMI.
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    I can't get over the fact that they are *still* shoveling out that horribly overpriced dogshit quality Genesis Classic Console even though they now are offering a (supposedly) very superior alternative. The MSRP difference between the two is negligible, so pointing out one as a "premium" experience is pointless when it's only $20 bucks more than their other rubbish console (which is the worst Genesis clone on the market).

    Even if they manage to go everything right with the Genesis Flashback, they still managed to shit the bed by making damn sure they include those abysmal unlicensed Taiwanese garbage titles. Whoever made that decision should be fired along with the dumbass that hired him.

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    HDMI is locked, the SD console can use an everdrive (or their own SD cart kit) according to a company rep I Know on another board, and the handheld has the SD slot.

    But, both the non-HD systems still suffer from crap audio, a few games that spaz out, and the saving doesn't work unless they included that game hacked into the system. He said the 2018 run will fix the audio if not all of it. I'll be waiting a year to buy that portable again (I've had 2 of fhem over the last decade they've been around.)


    edit - Those shit taiwanese games aren't so much on the HD unit, if you look at the list they've stuffed a selection of Master System and Game Gear titles in the space where those always sit without reducing the total Genesis titles. All in all if you want a one off system that just does Genesis and in HDMI that plays carts it's worth the +20 if you have no love for the Hyperturd Retron5 or the crap Retrobit puts out thats really hit and miss.

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    Well this is fairly clear:

    Quote Originally Posted by Do Not Buy AtGames' Sega Genesis Flashback Console - GameSpot
    Take menu navigation, for example. The d-pad on the controller is used to navigate the list of games on the right, but in order to scroll through categories, you have to use the B and C buttons. You can't pick a category using the d-pad and then proceed to use it for browsing games. In practice, you're using buttons on the right side of the controller to navigate items on the left side of the screen, and vice versa.

    Unintuitive UI aside, there's a nasty issue with the wireless controllers that appears, without fail, every time you turn on the console. During our tests, the wireless controllers failed to register the first press of every button on the controller when navigating the menu screen. Whether it's the d-pad, or the A, B, and C buttons, expect to press an individual button twice the first time you need to use it. This issue doesn't appear when using a wired controller.
    More: https://www.gamespot.com/sega-genesi...onsole-review/

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    According to AT Games, by accident they sent out a bugged consoles as review copies and the final version will have all that lined out.

    I also have some oceanfront property here in Kentucky for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Az View Post
    I also have some oceanfront property here in Kentucky for sale.
    Ooh! Wait, does it support HDMI? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Az View Post
    According to AT Games, by accident they sent out a bugged consoles as review copies and the final version will have all that lined out.

    I also have some oceanfront property here in Kentucky for sale.
    Lies all lies, you darn well know it's toxic green and brown waterfront river property that'll melt your skin due to the stuff the factories up north drop into it. :P Hey it'll melt the years off though, and then some.

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