Polymega - a universal modular console that supports CDs, cartridges and cloud games
Polymega is an upcoming video game console designed as an all-in-one modular retro console capable of running games from 30 different classic consoles.
Unlike the most recent retro consoles, Polymega does not come with pre-loaded games. Instead, it allows you to play games using original CDs or cartridges. You can also download your favorite games from the Polymega store and install them in your local storage.
Now the Polymega team has announced that their game console won't be stuck in the past - it will also support modern game streaming platforms that will allow you to play current games in addition to old games.
At the moment, the details are a little clear - it is not known what game streaming platforms Polymega is talking about. But there are a growing number of players in this market, including Google, NVIDIA, and Microsoft. So Polymega has a lot to choose from.
Streaming services allow you to use a remote server to do the heavy work of rendering game graphics, so you don't need to have a particularly powerful machine at home. You just need a fast Internet connection and a decent game controller.
Polymega has both of these conditions. The game console consists of a base unit with a disk drive for games from CD-based systems such as the Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, or TurboGrafx-CD. It also comes with a universal wireless controller with a 2.4 GHz wireless dongle and USB charging support.
But the game console also supports expansion with additional "Element Modules" that allow you to play games developed for cartridge-based systems such as the NES or Sega Genesis. Each element module comes with a wired game controller specific to the system it is designed for, there is support for an additional light gun (as in the old "Dandy" consoles), and the modules also come with five classic games.
Users will also be able to download their favorite games from the Polymega store. The company claims that downloadable games will sell for between $4 and $6.
The game console itself isn't exactly cheap - the Polymega base unit is available for pre-order for $400. For this money, you can buy an Xbox One X, but you will not be able to use cartridges on it.
Polymega says it has completed initial beta testing and plans to start shipping beta 2 versions to more testers this week. Retail units will start shipping later this year, but the exact date has not yet been announced.