Hyperkin - Retron 77. HD Atari 2600?
Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:24 PM
Yes, I know. I've already downloaded to files to update the system. I'll use it without the updates and then with to make a comparison. The updates address the limitation of titles displayed when using an SD card and a few other issues. Despite the problems I've read about, one good thing is that if something is related to software, it can be fixed by the community. As for the hardware, I've seen all sorts of negative comments about the joystick. I will try it out but I'm likely going to need a replacement.
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Going to the final frontier, gaming...
Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:54 PM
I don't think the joystick is a big deal. It has real ports, so you can use any classic joystick (or paddles) you like. And that part you mention about the software being upgradable sounds really good. It's actually a really cool idea -- to pull the code from a cartridge and run Stella.
A lot of times, I think the retro-gaming fan base is just way too negative. It's only $70! It isn't perfect, but it does what they promised it would. I'm thinking of getting one. Once I get your opinion, of course
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Posted 20 July 2018 - 01:08 AM
As for Justin's response about the 7800's competition...it wasn't just those systems he mentioned the 7800 competed with. By the time the system reached my area it was up against the TG-16, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, and the SNES was not far away. Who would want a 7800 when Sonic, Bonk, and Mario dominated the gaming industry? The 7800 simply couldn't compete because of poor timing as well as Atari seemed to neglect that releasing to many systems at once was creating competition for itself.
I'm surprised that no one has ever tried to make a 7800 clone yet. At least I've not seen or heard of one yet. Then again, it's a unique beast of a console. I've been studying it and have learned how to generate sprites on it. I've even pushed the hardware as much as I can by duplicating those sprites. I've managed to get 150 multi-colored sprites moving on the screen simultaneously before the system starts to slowdown and almost crash. Once I figure out the playfield and how to create scrolling backgrounds I will be doing some of my own development for the 7800.
As for the Retron 77, not to get of subject just now, it would be my choice over Atari VCS.
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