British company Blaze Entertainment has launched Evercade VS, a retro gaming console that uses proprietary cartridges to run games instead of an SD card or online service. The new device follows on from Evercade, the original Blaze portable retrogaming console released last year.
Blaze’s handheld comes with an HDMI port, so you can play old titles from Atari, Namco, and other companies on the big screen. However, there is no way to use it for multiplayer games, even if a title supports the feature. The VS version solves this problem if you want to play with your friends and family, allowing up to four people to play with local multiplayer using USB controllers.
If you already own the original Evercade and don’t mind losing £ 90 / $ 100 / € 100 for the home console version, you don’t have to worry about wasting your cartridge collection. The VS will run almost all Blaze proprietary cartridges except two Namco Museum collections, which are wearable exclusives and are only available in Europe. You can even insert two cartridges at once, as the device has a dual cartridge bay and an interface that can display up to 40 sets at a time. So far, Blaze Entertainment has released over 260 games across more than 20 cartridges, with plans to release more in the future.
The Evercade VS is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, features 512MB of DRAM and 1080p output. It stores save and load states in the cartridge itself, allowing you to resume your progress on the Evercade terminal, or vice versa. Unlike its pocket sibling, the VS has a WiFi connection for updates, as well as for any future online functionality that Blaze decides to roll out. The console will be available for preorder starting May 28 for $ 99, and it will begin shipping in early November.
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