Train2Game News Evercade Retro Portability

The ‘Evercade’, a brand new handheld is taking on the likes of Nintendo and SEGA’s ‘Mini’ consoles with an expanding library of cartridges that already includes the likes of Namco Museum (Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaxian), Atari (Asteroids, Centipede and Pong), Interplay (Earthworm Jim and Clayfighter) and more – with over 100 games confirmed for the system already!

Cartridges offer between 6 and 20 games and come in classic numbered plastic cases, for those who love to display their game collections.

Product Development Director – Andrew Byatt quoted:
“We have seen the flood of ‘mini’ consoles into the market and whilst we love these products, they have a short shelf life. They’re great fun and offer excellent content, but they are not expandable. Our cartridge-based system enables you to purchase one piece of hardware and then add new content for a low additional cost. It’s a great value, future proof investment”.

The console features a 4.3″ screen (the same size as the original PSP) and has been developed to deliver an authentic gameplay experience. You can also save your game at any point and load instantly – making those difficult retro games that bit more accessible. The Evercade offers HDMI connectivity – with HD up-scaling on all games. This allows retro enthusiasts to play both on the move and in their homes. The best of both worlds.

Not limiting themselves to the games of the past, Evercade is also making indie games available on their new platform. They have already signed Mega Cat Studios (known for titles such as Log Jammers, Coffee Crisis and Almost Hero), with more to be announced after launch.

They have promised more retro cartridges to add to the 9 available at launch. All cartridges retail at only £14.99 / €17.99 / $19.99

Evercade will be available for pre-order worldwide from 10 am (BST) Friday 6th September from just £59.99 / €69.99 / $79.99 – for a complete list of stockists visit: http://evercade.co.uk

Train2Game News Pixel Player Handheld System

My Arcade, the go-to source for all things retro gaming, announced today the European shipping of the Pixel Player™ Handheld Gaming System.

Available across Europe for the first time, the Pixel Player™ packs an incredible 300 8-bit style games into its diminutive frame, offering an exhausting choice of nostalgia-driven challenges to gamers of all ages.

Ideal for those yearning for the classic days of gaming, the Pixel Player™ is endlessly comfortable to play with a landscape orientation for the screen and an ergonomic grip ensuring you don’t drop your game in the heat of the action. Astonishingly, for those preferring the portrait design of old, My Arcade has you covered, with the very same product available in an alternative design available under the name Pixel Classic™.

Pre-loaded with eight Data East™ titles, including BURGER TIME™, KARATE CHAMP™ and BAD DUDES™, the Pixel Player™ brings the classics back to life wherever you are!

Ideal for gaming on the go, the Pixel Player™ features volume control and a 3.5mm headphone jack to connect headphones and is powered by batteries or any micro-USB cable.

“My Arcade is dedicated to bringing the joys of arcade and retro gaming to today’s gamers, and the Pixel Player™ has been developed to replicate the 8-bit thrills of gaming’s greatest era,” commented Amir Navid, Creative Director for My Arcade.

“Classic titles like BURGER TIME and KARATE CHAMP are fan-favourites and we’re delighted to bring them to existing and new players alike alongside a great roster of titles they’ll fall in love with too.”

The Pixel Player™ from My Arcade is available in store and online from Amazon and other leading game retailers.

For more information on My Arcade and its wide array of retro gaming products, please visit myarcadegaming.com and facebook.com/MyArcadeRetro and follow on Twitter @MyArcadeRetro.

Train2Game News Handheld Steam

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SMACH Zero will be the first handheld console that runs Steam OS, offering a new way of playing Steam games everywhere.

The final specs of SMACH Zero are the following:

– AMD embedded G-Series SoC “Steppe Eagle” with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics.
– 4 GB RAM memory
– 32GB internal memory and SD Card Slot
– USB OTG
– 5-inch Touch screen with 720p resolution
– Configurable tactile gamepads
– HDMI video output connection
– Wi-Fi conectivity
– Bluetooth connectivity
– 4G mobile network connectivity (PRO model only)

The hardware specification offers a balance between performance and cost, that will permit to play more than 1,000 games in Steam from the day one.

The console keys scheme will be similar to the latest version of the official Steam Controller, making use of two touch pads, a control stick, 7 buttons on the front face and 6 in the rear.

SMACH Zero is expected to be launched in 2016. More information about price and availability will be given during the next Gamescom, in August 2015.

SMACH is a third party, not developed by Valve Corporation. SMACH Zero is officially the new name for Steamboy Project.