These are both exciting and frustrating times to be a gamer. On the one hand, thanks in no small part to a ridiculously long global pandemic, sales figures of home gaming equipment have never been higher.
On the other, and also thanks in no small part to said pandemic, getting the latest and greatest gaming hardware has never been more difficult.
Whether it’s the Sony Playstation 5, Microsoft Xbox Series X or even just a graphics card for your PC gaming rig, the chip shortage is making what should be a run-of-the-mill purchase a real nightmare.
There is hope, however, if you’re willing to take the road less traveled. Here we’re taking a look at ten pieces of gaming hardware that may not be receiving the limelight and media exposure of the aforementioned consoles, but, as a result, are much more obtainable.
Prepare to be enlightened.
Have you ever craved playing your favorite systems of yesteryear but on a modern display without the hassle of tracking down pricy original hardware and paying to have its video signal modded?
If so, the Polymega is the all-in-one dream machine you didn’t even realize you needed.
Polymega is a software emulation-based console with a custom, Intel-backed motherboard / Linux OS that runs Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD, Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn software out of the box.
For $80 a pop cartridge add-ons expand that list to include NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, 32X, TurboGrafx-16, and N64 compatibility (with original controller support). It’s also not region locked so American, European and Japanese software can all be run.
The HDMI-ready unit is available now but comes in at $399 – another $80 for each cartridge module mentioned above. The only downside to the all-in-one wonder machine is that it demands its user pay to play.