Analogue Duo: a sleek retro console for TurboGrafx and PC Engine games

Analogue Duo: a sleek retro console for TurboGrafx and PC Engine games
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Analogue Duo: a sleek retro console for TurboGrafx and PC Engine games

Analogue Duo: a smooth retro console for TurboGrafx and PC Engine video games

After releasing lovely aftermarket variations of the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis, Analogue has now set its sights on NEC’s library of old-school {hardware}. In the present day the corporate unveiled the Analogue Duo, a console that helps an enormous vary of {hardware} together with the TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx CD, PC Engine CD-ROM, and Tremendous Arcade CD-ROM. It’s slated to launch in 2021 for $199.99.

“Sadly, they by no means received wherever close to the love they deserve,” Analogue’s Christopher Taber says of NEC’s consoles. “I’d say they’re in all probability the best under-appreciated online game programs. Analogue Duo is designed to be the final word strategy to discover almost all of NEC’s historical past, and for most individuals it’s gonna be their first introduction to this piece of online game historical past.”

So as to play all of your previous video games, the Duo options an authentic cartridge slot, controller ports, and a CD drive, which implies it’s appropriate with traditional HuCards (also referred to as TurboChips) with no regional restrictions. The Duo helps wi-fi controllers by way of Bluetooth — each 8bitdo controller is appropriate with the console — together with wired USB gamepads, and outputs video at as much as 1080p. It measures 38 millimeters lengthy, 168mm extensive, and 47mm excessive. It’ll even be obtainable in two colours, black and white.

7 Duo Details

As with earlier Analogue {hardware}, the corporate says the Duo is constructed with out utilizing emulation. Right here’s how the corporate describes it:

We’re preserving historical past with FPGA {hardware}. Duo is designed with unparalleled compatibility. The core performance of every system is engineered straight into an Altera Cyclone V, a complicated FPGA. We spent hundreds of hours engineering every system by way of FPGA for absolute accuracy. In contrast to the knock-off and emulation programs that riddle the market as we speak, you’ll be experiencing the whole NEC period freed from compromises. Duo is designed to protect online game historical past, with the respect it deserves.

Whereas the corporate has loads of expertise with constructing most of these consoles, Taber says the Duo introduced a singular problem.

“Duo is the primary CD-based system Analogue has launched (and the primary CD-based online game system ever launched in historical past) so we wanted to strategy issues a bit otherwise on a {hardware} stage for CD and HuCard assist,” he explains. “It was primarily about designing the {hardware} to accommodate all of the totally different programs and codecs by way of the economic design.”

The brand new gadget additionally isn’t the one {hardware} Analogue has within the works. The corporate beforehand introduced the beautiful Analogue Pocket, which performs a variety of handheld video games and was lately delayed till subsequent yr. To associate with this, the corporate is making a $29.99 adapter in order that the Pocket can play TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx video games as nicely.

“Pocket goes to assist as a lot of handheld historical past as potential,” says Taber. “TurboExpress was an important handheld and bringing that heritage to Pocket is [a] nice match. Taking part in TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine video games on the go is fairly particular.” The accent can also be due out subsequent yr.

5 Pocket TG16 PCE

Given the continued pandemic, manufacturing points have already delayed many gadgets — together with Analogue’s personal Pocket. So whereas the Duo is because of launch in 2021, Analogue says will probably be obtainable in “restricted portions” when it goes on sale.

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