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    Default Polymega and the FPGA Conundrum

    Whats your guys take on this thing?
    https://www.polymega.com/

    I was all for it until this addition to Sega Saturn thing
    Now I question the hardware choices, dual core Pentium in disclosed amount of storage or ram (that I can find atleast)

    The FPGA sounded like a cooler idea for the disc based games and I was hoping there would be fixes kind of like the ones for the NES FPGAs that enable more sprites and helip eliminate slow downs.

    now that its just straight up emulation on a x86-64 based system it makes me wonder what kind of compatibility issues its going to have and if there will be any additional slow downs where there are none or few present in and original hardware environment.

    hopefully theres a demo at PRGE this year of one in action

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    I really don't understand the point to all these types of modern clone consoles. I already own consoles to play all the games I collect as I've been collecting for years, why would I need to buy another one along with modules? I wouldn't pay much for something like this.

    Otherwise it doesn't seem terrible. You can actually install your games instead of having to dump them every time like with the Retron. A bit curious how they're making the system compatible with the Famicom disc system as they're not going to make a module for it, out of every possible console hardware they're making modules for they're not going to bother with the add-on that's the least reliable and least likely to still be working properly. A big part of their advertisement is that you won't have to rely on decades old hardware anymore, apparently except for the thing that's most likely to be broken.

    Overall it's just something I don't need or have interest in.

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    I prefer playing on original unmodded hardware.

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    I'm more of an original guy myself. I prefer original stuff, followed by slight alternations (RGB or flash carts), followed by add-ons (SS3, Coleco SGM, etc.), followed by replacement/emulation units. This is whatever to me now. I need to see the finished product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    I really don't understand the point to all these types of modern clone consoles. I already own consoles to play all the games I collect as I've been collecting for years, why would I need to buy another one along with modules?
    It's not for you. Other people purchase these consoles. That's who they're marketing them to.

    I don't like sports or Call of Duty type games, but I understand why they put these games out.

    If there's a market for something, people will try to capitalize on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor Megas View Post
    It's not for you. Other people purchase these consoles. That's who they're marketing them to.

    I don't like sports or Call of Duty type games, but I understand why they put these games out.

    If there's a market for something, people will try to capitalize on it.
    I just don't understand who the target market is for something like this. If you just want to play the games and not collect, you can use a modded Wii or Xbox, or other emulators(like MAME setups but for console games). But this is for people who go through the trouble of collecting the actual original games, but can't be bothered to collect the actual original consoles to play those games properly. This makes no sense to me. I get people buying flash carts to play games on original hardware, but this is the opposite of that. Are they hipsters?

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    I think it's more for the folk that want to relive their gaming past but not have to muck with getting a classic console to look great on an HD TV. Back when Gamestop started selling classic games in stores in the early 00's, I heard people get excited finding the old games of their youth and would grab a few choice titles and maybe a console. However, tube sets were still widely available so image quality or lag wasn't an issue. These days many new sets may not even have composite connections so they can't play a NES without some converter. These consoles fix that problem.

    I see the appeal. I loved my Retron 5 until my TV blew and killed it. I never replaced it as my TV gaming time took a sharp drop not long after so I coukdn't justify the price.

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    Zero appeal for simply the cartridge system emulation, for this it's all about the CD-based systems. Neo Geo, Playstation, Saturn, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD from the 16/32-bit realm. Many people just simply hate emulating on a PC or tablet or whatever, I know I do. Now, there's issues here. Beyond the cost and performance questions, the larger question is compatibility. Will it work with flash carts? Beyond that, there's no rom/ISO loading at the moment, as the project team are in fear of being sued. That's a non-starter for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiM View Post
    I think it's more for the folk that want to relive their gaming past but not have to muck with getting a classic console to look great on an HD TV.
    I remember a time when people would own more than one television, not sure why people just want one TV now. If I had the room for a large collection of games, I would have room for a second TV. Nobody else in my family is into games, I wouldn't keep my collection around the main TV as that's not my private space. I would keep my collection separately so it's out of the way, and keep a TV by the games so it's more convenient than having to carry games across the house and I don't have to keep the main TV from being used by anyone else. I like Duck Hunt and other light gun games so I won't give up a real CRT TV.

    I'll admit it's appealing to have a single console to play everything rather than needing to hook up a dozen different consoles. If it was cheap(like $30) without needing different modules, and could be hooked up to a SD TV with composite, I might consider one for some convenience. It helps that games can be installed to the system so you'll never need to pull out your cartridge games after playing them once, and I guess you could take it along to a friend's house. It's better than what the Retron did. Still it's just emulation and I could just use a modded Wii to do the same thing, considering the actual cost of this thing is hundreds of dollars plus extra for each expansion add-on. I believe the Wii can be modded to play Sega CD games and other CD based consoles so there are already other alternatives.

    I'm actually nervous of modern unlicensed hardware as I keep thinking the connectors will damage the cartridges or the disc drives will scratch the discs. I just expect them to be cheaply made and I wouldn't want to risk my games by using them.

    I'll also mention something I've experienced. A friend of mine just has an HD TV, and also a PS3. She downloaded several PS2 games from the online store. Even though this console is designed for HD and those games were purchased from the official online store, when played on an HD TV the PS2 games just look pixelated and ugly. The TV is what she has so I'll use it without complaints, but it's not exactly a pleasant experience I look forward to. Every time we play PS2 games it takes me time to get used to how it looks.



    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiM View Post
    I see the appeal. I loved my Retron 5 until my TV blew and killed it. I never replaced it as my TV gaming time took a sharp drop not long after so I coukdn't justify the price.
    Are you sure it wasn't the other way around? That your Retron didn't kill your TV? I know the early releases of the Retron weren't exactly reliable.

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