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Hyperkin - Retron 77. HD Atari 2600?


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#41 RickR

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

Coleco should take notes from that communication style.


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#42 Karyyk

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:29 AM

I'm actually really looking forward to this. I do have a 30" widescreen CRT TV that I used to use for classic consoles, but the thing is a beast and currently in storage (though I've got it ready if I ever do get a chance for a dedicated setup some day). That means I'm stuck with the HDTV, and although I think older consoles look ok on it (it's an older LG plasma), they definitely don't look their best.

 

I have a Retron 5 and am pretty pleased with it overall, so for a quick way to play old Atari carts on a modern TV at a low price, this will work pretty well for most people. As long as they keep that price around $50, I'm almost willing to bet that there are plenty of people out there who have some old 2600 carts that they've picked-up over the years or have hung onto since they were younger (probably long after their original VCS or 2600 Jr. failed) that would pick something like this up in a heartbeat. With the also-HD Retron 1 HD selling for $40, there's no reason that they shouldn't be able to keep the price-point low, although they're probably expecting the demand for the 77 to be of a much smaller scale.


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#43 MaximumRD

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 01:22 PM

UPDATE TO MY POST #40 - RE:ANDREW STEEL form HYPERKIN - 

 

I want to thank everyone for their input and warm welcome. Your opinions are truly important, both personally for me and for our company.
 
We licensed an early version of Stella, and being fully aware of its certain technological issues, our software developers continue working hard to implement the promised features. We at Hyperkin fully understand that all the newer versions are subject to different license terms, and therefore plan to ship the product with our own build. Stefan, please contact us at developer@hyperkin.com, hopefully we can negotiate the opportunity to use your newer builds, for the sake of making the product better. 
 
What we initially plan to offer is basically a convenient piece of hardware, with a properly configured and licensed Stella (early version). It will not include any other proprietary parts of Stella code from further revisions (unless we negotiate that with Stefan). That build is expected to have the full set of features I listed in my previous post, and hopefully some more.
 
As an additional tinker-friendly feature, we expect to leave an opportunity (for example in a form of a service port) to install other versions of Stella -- we honor everyone's IP rights, but since it's open-source, I believe users are free to rebuild and deploy any build of Stella they want. 
 
Also, many of you requested 7800 compatibility. I cannot really promise that at the moment, but we are working on it. 
 
Thanks again for your support! 

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#44 Justin

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 03:02 PM

Thanks for posting this @MaximumRD.

 

Also, many of you requested 7800 compatibility. I cannot really promise that at the moment, but we are working on it. 

 

This is the one thing I was waiting to hear. If they can include 7800 compatibility I'd be deeply grateful. That will introduce a ton of people to the Atari 7800 and spark more homebrewing and new 7800 developers. Then who knows what new strides would be made in 7800 programming, potentially new NES-quality games.


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#45 TrekMD

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:39 PM

7800 compatibility would make be fantastic on this device!  I hope they are able to pull it off.


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#46 nosweargamer

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:10 AM

Nothing new here, but I made this in an attempt to put everything vital we know so far about the Retron 77 into one, easy to digest video.


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#47 Gemini Gamer

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:17 PM

In my opinion the 7800 is the untapped pinnacle of Atari 8-bit awesomeness. For 1984 it was amazing and even when compared to early NES there are a number of ways in which the 7800 performs very well. Unfortunately I don't see that the 7800 ever reached its full potential. Nintendo continued to develop the NES and push the envelope of what it could do, meanwhile Atari Corp. was aggressive about cost-saving measures, i.e. no POKEY, no new chips, no new accessories, etc. The 7800 was left to compete for shelf space with the XE, 2600, and Lynx before facing the real competition from Nintendo, Sega and others. I would love to see the new Retron include 7800 compatibility and hopefully jumpstart a new frontier of 7800 homebrew developers. Not to do so I believe would be a mistake.

I probably won't buy it if it doesn't support 7800 games.


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#48 StormSurge

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:46 AM

It's been awfully quiet regarding news from this. I hope it's not DOA.


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 06:06 PM

It's been awfully quiet regarding news from this. I hope it's not DOA.

 

Nope, not dead!  Keep an eye on the AA thread for an update from them real soon.


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#50 StormSurge

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:27 PM

Nope, not dead!  Keep an eye on the AA thread for an update from them real soon.

 

That's good news!!






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