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The Polymega is a new modular console that can offer various different classic gaming systems in one

The Polymega base unit. (Source: Playmaji)
The Polymega base unit. (Source: Playmaji)
Playmaji, Inc. and extreme Co., Ltd. have announced the release of their new product: the Polymega. This new kind of console supports various classic CD-gaming platforms, including Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Saturn. However, it also allows the user to slot in a number of modules that take cartridges from other legacy systems, including NES and SNES.

The Polymega modular console may be the answer for enthusiasts with collections of various classic games, if not necessarily the platforms that go with them. It has a base unit with which various titles from older CD-based systems can be played. They are the Neo Geo, PS1, Sega Saturn, Sega (or Mega) CD, and TurboGrafx/PC-Engine.

However, non-CD legacy games can also conceivably be played on this new product. At least, they can so long as the buyer purchases a module that is both compatible with the physical media in question and can slot into the novel Polymega base unit. At present, they are compatible with NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16/SuperGrafx and Genesis/32X/Mega Drive/Super 32X cartridges. As these names suggest, each module is also region-free.

The Polymega is completely emulation-based, although its makers claim that this involves "top tier emulators with low latency controller inputs". On that note, 1 branded controller is sold with each corresponding module, even though they are apparently compatible with any existing official models. (Therefore, it seems that any buyer considering this option would be best served by a lot of storage space.) Playmaji also states that it strives to respect all applicable copyright in the making of its new system, so ROM-dumping and multi-carting options may be thin on the ground in this case.

The Polymega base unit, which comes with a proprietary wireless controller, starts at US$259.99. However, bundles with all 4 modules, or all the modules plus an extra controller for each one, are also up for pre-order at US$499.99 and $649.99 at present.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-07-18 (Update: 2019-07-18)