• Polymega: a retro console that’s all-in-one
  • Many years after being unveiled, it pops up
  • Shipping out promptly, but was it worth the wait?

With Retro-gaming being all the trend and getting all the eyeballing, in comes the Polymega, as a software-emulation-based console backed by an Intel motherboard with Linux, and a custom user interface.

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The Polymega retroconsole, as we said before, is a software emulation-based console. It comes with the usual suspects: HDMI, Wi-Fi, ethernet, USB, SD card support, CD-ROM drive and supports m.2 SSD format. It also brings in 4 expansions called “Element Modules” which have compatibility for both cartridge and controller for NES, Genesis, Super Nintendo, 32X, TurboGrafx-16, including all their Japanese and Old-World counterparts.

It supports Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn. Apparently, Saturn games have it made since the Polymega uses a Mednafen emulator-custom BIOS file combo to play both original or burnt CD-R copies. True story.


It was over four years ago that it was unveiled as the RetroBlox. A few months later, it was renamed, and a year later, it changed from FPGA technology to software emulation. It opened pre-orders a year after that and then fourscore and seven years (that’s 87 for you mortals) passed by for the Polymega all-in-one retro gaming console to pop up again. Talk about locusts hibernating for 17 years…

Developer Playmaji made it happen, though, with this retroconsole. There are apparently no compatibility issues with any game whatsoever, but if there ever were, there’s nothing loading an official BIOS file on an SD card won’t fix, but this is only regarding BIOS files. You can’t manually load ROM or ISO files you’ve ripped or come by using other means (lol). The only way to load them into the Polymega is to rip them yourself off a CD or a cartridge. Just lettin’ you know…

There’s just 32GB inside, so you’ll be looking for an SD card or SSD in no time, since ripping CD images, especially multidisc games, will fill’er up real quick. But, given all the benefits it brings, it was probably worth the money and the wait. The fourscore wait…

With the base console at $400, and each expansion module for $80, it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s a good-enough level, and the dedicated retro gamers in the wilderness will know a good contender for retro gaming consoles ‘prom king’ when they see one.  

So… fourscore and seven years later, Polymega, is finally shipping out on September 12.

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