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    Quote Originally Posted by awbacon View Post
    Only expensive ones in the whole idea are turbo/pc engine and cd
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    Please point me to a cheap, and working Mega CD and PC Engine CD.
    Please point me to where he claimed you can get a PCE CD for cheap.
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    I own many retro systems including a PC Engine Duo, and have a setup using a Framemeister. Yet, I am looking forward for the PolyMega (I liked the name Retroblox much better though). Having everything stacked neatly within one system, HDMI and fast loading for CD consoles is great. Obviously accurate emulation is make or break, so if systems run spot on and as advertised, I'm getting one. I understand that old consoles are not built to last forever, so having something like this available is great. I know there are many other similar options out there, but from what I read they are far from perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostromo View Post
    I understand that old consoles are not built to last forever, so having something like this available is great.
    So are all those PolyMegas. The old consoles are getting or surpassing their thirties, I doubt those new bloxes ever will.

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    Sounds like they're using a Rockchip RK3288 ARM SOC running Linux. Not sure where an FPGA comes in - not seeing anything definitive from them saying that they use anything besides the SOC.

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    I don't think it is actually FPGA.

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    its not FPGA then by the looks of it, its more like an android box

    I think its using the same chip as the Open Hour Chameleon (which was released about 3 years ago so its not new tech) - see here: https://www.cloudmedia.com/?product=chameleon

    and the biggest problem that they had with the Chameleon was the lack of support from Rockchip when trying to do anything low level, when they asked for help Rockchip basically ignored them and the box never got the full support or features that were promised
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    Quote Originally Posted by c0nn0r View Post
    Polymega is a FPGA solution.
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    Their FAQ specifically says "hybrid emulation" and does not specify fpga.
    Quote Originally Posted by c0nn0r View Post
    Right, it's hybrid because there is additional software on top of the FPGA implementations of the systems.
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    Sounds like they're using a Rockchip RK3288 ARM SOC running Linux.
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    I don't think it is actually FPGA.
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    its not FPGA then by the looks of it, its more like an android box. I think its using the same chip as the Open Hour Chameleon

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    So I was right, emulator box with an off the shelf SoC...but rewritten emulators? Because all the computer based emulators are so bad. I mean make us oractically unusable...(sarcasm)

    It's a cheap computer in a fancy case with some controller adapters. I'll give them all the credit in the world, nice design work but I'll hard pass in this

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    You can get a mini computer with the RK3288 for $35 bucks. Load retropie front end and you are half way to the polymega. Just need a cd drive and a fancy case. Hell im sure someone could rig up a working USB cd rom drive and controller adapters
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    I bet buying the whole set of modules will be a fortune. Just another thing cheap ass emulator thrown together and sold for a shit ton. This thread needs a poll: "Will the Polymega actually be released?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdStrikeMike View Post
    I bet buying the whole set of modules will be a fortune. Just another thing cheap ass emulator thrown together and sold for a shit ton. This thread needs a poll: "Will the Polymega actually be released?"
    Exactly. It'll be 80%+ the cost of buying original hardware

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    The way I look at it, the same people who bought the retron5 will be the same people who buy this. As a concept it sounds interesting and cool, but purists will purists and collectards will be collectards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sypth View Post
    The way I look at it, the same people who bought the retron5 will be the same people who buy this. As a concept it sounds interesting and cool, but purists will purists and collectards will be collectards.
    I feel like it's being showed off as an Analogue NT style of product (despite not being FPGA) and I bet the price will reflect that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdStrikeMike View Post
    I feel like it's being showed off as an Analogue NT style of product (despite not being FPGA) and I bet the price will reflect that.
    But w/o fpga it's only like the analogue in its physical design. Stylish but internally it's built on off the shelf (old off the shelf. The SoC was released in 2015) parts to run emulation.

    I want to like the idea but I just foresee another crap emulation box incoming. Or a lot of people putting money in for a pre-order that never arrives. Everything they are showing looks to be renders, not tangible objects you could hold

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    I mean don't get me wrong, every game I own that can be emulated is setup on a specific external drive that launches into a front end on my living room pc for "lazy" moments or for increased performance. (Dolphin) Its especially handy when friends come over. But I still own all original hardware and a framemeister for my own gaming.

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    If this is just another emulation setup, unless you just have to run CDs, you'll get fare more mileage out of a retrofreak. It may look probably more bland than this one on the outside, but if you don't need the controller port addon module or the entire large part of it with the cart slots, it's just a small flash kit/computer combo android box you can pocket to play a crap ton of stolen ROMs with which the R5 cockblocked out of the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awbacon View Post
    But w/o fpga it's only like the analogue in its physical design. Stylish but internally it's built on off the shelf (old off the shelf. The SoC was released in 2015) parts to run emulation.

    I want to like the idea but I just foresee another crap emulation box incoming. Or a lot of people putting money in for a pre-order that never arrives. Everything they are showing looks to be renders, not tangible objects you could hold
    I feel like there are 2 markets with this kind of stuff. There's the I don't give a fuck about accurate emulation and just want something that plays old games (Retron 5), and people wanting accurate emulation (Retro AVS and Analogue NT). I feel like neither crowd will be satisfied with this and the price point will be ridiculous. It looks like this system is trying to reel people in with sleek design but crap under the hood. Like you mentioned with it just being renders, I wonder what the real thing will actually look like (if it makes it that far).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdStrikeMike View Post
    I feel like there are 2 markets with this kind of stuff. There's the I don't give a fuck about accurate emulation and just want something that plays old games (Retron 5), and people wanting accurate emulation (Retro AVS and Analogue NT). I feel like neither crowd will be satisfied with this and the price point will be ridiculous. It looks like this system is trying to reel people in with sleek design but crap under the hood. Like you mentioned with it just being renders, I wonder what the real thing will actually look like (if it makes it that far).
    I get the distinct impression that if this even does release, itll be way past estimated ship date and will be a let down

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    Quote Originally Posted by awbacon View Post
    I get the distinct impression that if this even does release, itll be way past estimated ship date and will be a let down
    Considering the resent massive NOTHING that was the Chameleon and the string of utterly pointless emu boxes and then some, I'm going to just sit down and wait for the reviews on this one.

    The rest is just a massive bunch of "ifs" and "buts" not really worth anything because, like awbacon said, the machine may be released past estimated ship date anyway and be a complete failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cernex View Post
    Considering the resent massive NOTHING that was the Chameleon and the string of utterly pointless emu boxes and then some, I'm going to just sit down and wait for the reviews on this one.

    The rest is just a massive bunch of "ifs" and "buts" not really worth anything because, like awbacon said, the machine may be released past estimated ship date anyway and be a complete failure.
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    I feel like these small companies always underestimate the actual process of scaling up a product to get it to ship. Making ten prototypes is easy. Making 100k units is hard.

    The tool and die alone for plastic molding can cost you $50-100,000 alone. Then you get into sea container freight and import paperwork. It's a fucking minefield!

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    Basically while most of these products are launched wiTh the best of intentions, w/o a large backing company with the experience in large scale manufacturing, shipping on target date is almost impossible.

    I mean pretty much every delayed kickstarter tells the same story..."manufacturing issues"

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    Looks better than the retron 5. I'll wait for reviews in a few years. I would like something like this to play on an hd tv but nothing released so far really seems to do a good job of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sypth View Post
    The way I look at it, the same people who bought the retron5 will be the same people who buy this. As a concept it sounds interesting and cool, but purists will purists and collectards will be collectards.
    I liked the idea behind the Retron 5 (an all-in-one console with HDMI that can use original controllers), but the execution and support downright sucked. The absolute failure of the Retron 5 is what made me buy a XRGB Mini and a bunch of Everdrives.

    That said...there's just something about the allure of some of the Polymega's promises for CD-based systems. We shall see, though, if it ever comes out.

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