23/02/2017

☆ 2017 "The Year Of Video Game Emulation?" ☆

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Emulation of video games over the last 3 years seems to have come from the shadows of gaming into the mainstream in a big way.

When I started this site in 2013, emulation was a dirty word only spoken about in hushed tones within a dark corner of a gamers forum on the internet.

Now fast forward to 2017 and one of the biggest and oldest video games companies in the world has brought a dedicated emulation machine in the form of the NES Mini Classic.

The world has fallen for it in a big way as it continues to sell out as soon as stock comes in (although admittedly this is partly to do with the lack of units being manufactured by Nintendo, but that’s another story)

As a consumer, if you are not going the way of the Pi emulation then this is truly the time to be looking to get into emulation as there is such a massive selection of different options and I’ll take you through some of these options in this article.

My go to site for investigating the plethora of options is www.funstockretro.co.uk which always seems to get the latest emu gizmo in before anyone else and they are nice chaps there too so it makes a whole lot of difference to shop there.

I’ve also managed to negotiate a nice 5% discount for all Games Freezer readers if you use the code FREEZER at the checkout…Happy Days!

Let’s Take A Look At What’s On Offer…..

1.      Eagle Box

Description: Android Retro Games Console

Supports:
·         PS1
·         MAME
·         Dreamcast
·         N64
·         NeoGeo
·         Atari
·         NES
·         SNES
·         Gameboy
·         Gameboy Colour
·         Gameboy Advance
·         SEGA Master System
·         SEGA Mega Drive
·         CPS1 & CPS2
·         Amiga
·         Commodore 64
·          ZX Spectrum and much more on your TV

Hardware:
         CPU: S805 Quad Cortex-A5 ,1.5GHz Quad Mali-450
         Memory: Dual DDRIII 1GB DDR3/3L
         Flash: Nand Flash 8GB (up to 16GB)
         Video decoding 1080P H.265
         Video encoding 1080P H.264
         Bluetooth: Supported
         Av output: CVBS
         DTV support: TS in
         WiFi:802.11 b/g /n
         IP licence: Dolby , DTS, SRS
         I/O:1*HDMI 1.4 , up to 1920x1080 resolution
         2*USB HOST: Host,usb port
         1*TF card slot
         1*optical port
         1*AV Standard resolution AV signal
         1*RJ45 10/100 BaseT
         Power: 100~220V AC Input , 5V DC Output 1.5A


2.      BLAZE TAB Plus

Description: Android Retro Gaming Tablet

Supports:
·         PS1
·         MAME
·         Dreamcast
·         N64
·         NeoGeo
·         Atari
·         NES
·         SNES
·         Gameboy
·         Gameboy Colour
·         Gameboy Advance
·         SEGA Master System
·         SEGA Mega Drive
·         CPS1 & CPS2
·         Amiga
·         Commodore 64
·         ZX Spectrum and much more!

Hardware:
·         Storage  8GB
·         Chip  RK-3188ARM Cortex A9 1.8GHz Quad Core CPU, ARM Mali400 3D graphics acceleration hardware GPU
·         Memory 1GB (1,024MB) DDR3 (to put this into context, the PSP had 64MB of memory. The PS1 had 2MB of memory)
·         Operate System  Support Android 4.4.4(also support Android 2.3)
·         Touch System  5-point all function touch screen
·         Screen  7.0-inch(diagonal) Touch Screen
·         Resolution:1024-by-600-pixel 
·         Wireless Wi-Fi(802.11 b/g/n) ; Support MSN, Email, Facebook, and Skype etc.
·         Game Center Support Android Gravity and Touch games, Arcade games, GBA games, Nintendo N64 3D games, Nintendo FC and SEGA MD games etc. 
·         Applications Support 10,000 applications free download, such as office software and study tools etc.
·         Cameras, Photos, and Video Recording 0.3M Front Camera Support Video Recording; Support JPG, BMP and PNG etc., browsing and slide show
·         Video Support RMVB, AVI, MPEG-4, ASP, DIVX, WMV, F4V, and FLV etc.
·         TV-OUT Support HDMI 1080P out 
·         Audio  Support MP3, WMA, FLAC, and OGG etc.
·         E-book  Support PDF, TXT, CHM, UMD and HTML etc.
·         Battery  5000mAh Built-in  rechargeable lithium-polymer battery;
·         Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system 
·         Connector  USB2.0 High Speed
·         3.5-mm stereo headphone mini jack
·         TF Card Slot,Max 32GB
·         OTG(External connect to Air HID and USB flash disk)
·         Languages Multi-language support
·         Operate Environment  Windows 98SE/ME; Windows2000; Windows XP or above


3.      Retro Freak
Description: 12 in 1 Retrogaming Console

Supports:
The Retro Freak enables you to play the original games from
         PC Engine
         TurboGrafx-16
         Super Grafx
         NES
         Famicom
         SNES
         Super Famicom
         SEGA Genesis
         SEGA Mega Drive
         Game Boy
         Game Boy Color
         Game Boy Advance

Hardware:
         HDMI output and HD up-scaling
         Transfer Original cartridge Data into SD Card For a Digital Archive
         Advanced Emulator Options including multiple save states, filters, cheat codes
         Upgradeable firmware
         3 Pin UK Plug and EU 2 Pin Plug
         Full CE Mark
         NES adapter (Both Standard and Premium versions)
         (Premium Version) Includes controller adapter for TurboGrafx, Famicom, Super Famicom, and SEGA Genesis controllers


4.      SupaBoy S

Description: Handheld SNES / Super Famicom

Supports:
         SNES
         Super Famicom

Hardware:
         4.3" screen
         PAL + NTSC Switch
         2 player - use your original SNES controllers
         Crystal clear speaker audio, including a 3.5 mm headphone jack
         Adjustable brightness button
         Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with 10 hours of battery life
         Micro USB charge cable for computer USB port/AC adapter


5.      VEGA


Description: The Sinclair Spectrum Vega is a 'plug and play' games computer based on the Spectrum products of the early 1980s.

Supports:
         All Spectrum Video Games

Hardware:
         Over 1,000 built in officially licensed Spectrum games
         Allows you to play almost any Spectrum game via its micro SD Card slot.
         Plays games you yourself have programmed
         Comes complete with ready-mapped buttons for all included games, as well as the option of using the inbuilt virtual keyboard
         Connects to both your TV’s USB port (for power) and its video/audio inputs (for the signal) no other cables are needed
         SD card compatible, so if there's a specific gaming missing from this list, you can easily add it using an SD card



Do YOU Emulate?

What's YOUR Solution Of Choice?


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