This post is not a dig, or a joke – Polymega has just instructed people through their Instagram stories that they should cancel any orders placed through Walmart and re-purchase directly on Polymega’s website. The price is now $50 more expensive than Walmart was selling it for, but you can use the code WALMART50 for a $50 discount for the next few days:
As of the time of this post, there’s no official mention of this issue anywhere other than Instagram stories, however seeing as it’s their official account, the message seems legit: They can’t get in touch with anyone at Walmart and don’t know what to do. To make an already awkward situation worse, pre-orders are still live on Walmart’s website and any orders placed on the Polymega website won’t ship until Q3 of this year. So, anyone who pre-ordered on Walmart’s website is essentially sent to the back of the line (see the bottom of the screenshot below):
While I absolutely sympathize that problems like this are often completely out of a company’s control, there’s just been one fail after another with the launch of this product. The price increase will definitely be a dealbreaker for some as well, since their coupon code is only valid for around 60 days.
I often get asked who the Polymega is for…and if it’s real. Yes, it is real, but who it’s for is an interesting question. Purchasing original PlayStation, Saturn, Sega CD, TurboGrafx-CD and Neo Geo CD consoles, as well as a basic scaler like a RetroTINK is definitely more expensive than the base model Polymega. If for some reason you wanted to use original discs on flat-panel TV’s, but didn’t already own those consoles, the Polymega is still a good deal at $450. This is especially true, considering almost all of those consoles either already require maintenance, or will within a few years.
One use case that many people often bring up is a “second unit”: People with full CRT setups might enjoy refurbishing and using original consoles, but might also like one clean, tidy box to casually play those discs on a flat-panel. While those are very clear scenarios to describe where the Polymega is still a winner, they’re pretty niche.
My personal opinion hasn’t changed since the first time I saw it in person almost two years ago: I think it has a ton of great potential, but until it offers something the original consoles can’t do, I’m not sure it’s for me. There is a lot of potential in software emulation and with 16:9 and HD rendering hacks available for some classic consoles, the Polymega may some day be an excellent choice to play those games on flat-panels. I’m just not sure if that time is now. I guess we’ll see once they start shipping out to people who purchased from their website…