updated 05:10 pm EDT, Thu September 19, 2013
New console plays \'80s and \'90s Sega and Nintendo cartridge formats
Hyperkin has set December 10 as the official release date for its RetroN 5 console in the US and EU. The RetroN 5 will have five cartridge slots allowing users to play original NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, Game Boy Advance, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges. The chipset used in the new device eliminates region locks and increases compatibility, as well as plays both PAL and NTSC cartridges.
Hyperkin explained the delay in release by saying it was due to several key modifications made to the console shown at E3. The shell design was changed to allow for better ventilation, as well as accommodations to use the Sega Power Base Converter -- allowing users to play Master System cartridges on the console. All versions of the RetroN 5 will come with a power adapter with four variable head sockets to fit multiple regions, with the voltage ranging from 110 to 240 volts.
The Retron 5 ships with a Bluetooth wireless universal controller, allowing for a playable distance of up to 33 feet without losing sync from the console. This new controller boasts a Microswitch directional pad instead of a traditional pad. An unnamed ARM system-on-a-chip drives the hardware emulator.
Other improvements in the console include up-converting video game resolutions to 720p with the help of new shaders; enhanced game audio; manual and passive overclocking, allowing the user to decide game speed on-the-fly; advanced connectivity options such as HDMI, and save states for each game saved on a SD-card -- allowing users to stop play at any time.
The console will be sold for $100 in the US and €89.99 in Europe.