Relive Games Of Yesteryear With Retroblox
In this era of gaming, one could think that nostalgia sells. Nostalgia is Nintendo’s bread and butter but it would appear that other companies want in on that sweet, sweet, coin. Being able to play multiple games from multiple consoles is a great thing to have. The idea has been bumped back and forth from time to time with the likes of Virtual Console and the Retron-5 console. In similar fashion to the Retron-5, there is a new "everything box," the RetroBlox. This thing looks like it could be a game-changer, if it gets off the ground, which is usually one of the main issues these “all-in-one” retro systems have.(details from Tiny Cartridge & RetroBlox)
This is an interesting concept in that by the looks of it, it’s going to be able to play everything that could be considered retro. It is a module system so it’s capable of playing these systems just by plugging in the right module. That in turn will allow the proper controllers to be used. The Retroblox will be able to play NES, SNES, Genesis/Mega Drive, Atari 2600, TurboGrafx-16, PSOne, Sega CD, and various other Compact Disc games( TurboGrafx-CD for example)
One of the claims to fame for the RetroBlox is that is runs these games with Hybrid Emulation. From the Retroblox site “Hybrid Emulation is unique in that it requires software emulators to function at a much lower level than the ones you can simply download for your PC, Phone or RetroPie / RetroArch / LibRetro box. RetroBlox’s proprietary RBXOS and Richter UI environment are built from the ground up in Linux, fully optimized for our system so that we can access the architecture from the bus-level and I/O from cartridge interfaces and controllers directly via high level emulation on the heart of the system, the Rockchip RK3288.
If the Retroblox sounds perfect for you, then you’re in luck, there will be a kickstarter pre-order starting in April so keep an eye out for it. The reason why I said if this system gets off the ground is the fact that it needs to kickstart to get going.