Last Thursday, during what they had hyped as a “Tweetstorm”, Polymega (formerly known as Retroblox) announced that their upcoming console will be delayed due to a shortage in 14nm CPU’s. They also listed a few features of the console, then ended with an announcement that the product will go back on pre-order soon.
Here’s the full “official” announcements from the Tweetstorm:
- Polymega hardware is “finished”.
- CPU is a 35W Intel Coffee Lake S series Processor
- Processor can be upgraded in the future by authorized service only*.
- You can add up to 1TB of NVMe M.2 2280 SSD (not included in price)
- High percentage compatibility rate with HLE BIOS
- Includes only in-house created or legally licensed software.
- Second round of pre-orders open in May.
I’ve seen a few blog’s praising the Polymega, but none with actual hands-on experience; Just a regurgitation of their press release. I’m very much looking forward to a real, objective review that explains exactly what advantages the Polymega has over other emulation solutions, as this is very different from what the Retroblox was announced to be.
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Update 1: Polymega hardware is finished. Running a powerful 35W Intel Coffee Lake S series Processor which can be UPGRADED in the future, if necessary, to support future systems and functionality (by authorized service only). pic.twitter.com/83Gj1JdnFt
— POLYMEGA (@polymegaHQ) March 21, 2019
*I have a history in computer hardware design & manufacturing with 12 years in hardware and the previous 8 in IT. I’ve seen the “upgradable CPU” claim before made by massive companies with huge R&D teams. It’s never worked before. Keep your expectations in check.