Retro Experts Analogue Making A New TurboGrafx and PC Engine Console

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2020

Analogue is a hardware manufacturer founded in 2011 specializing in high-end retro consoles.

Now the company is turning its attention to NEC's classic systems with another retro console called the Duo. This means you skip all the headaches and inaccuracies of software emulation, as the FPGA chip found in each Analogue device, including the Duo, is basically recreating perfectly the original console's innards, just in a tiny digital form.

The one NEC system the Duo doesn't offer compatibility with is the successor to the TurboGrafx, the PC-FX, which arrived in Japan in 1994 weeks after the original Sony PlayStation and Sega's Saturn. Unlike emulators, Analgoue's systems can play retro games directly from the source and can usually upres the games for modern TVs. Also arriving in 2021, the TurboGrafx-16 adapter will offer support for all cartridge-based TurboGrapfx, PC Engine and SuperGrafx games, at a price of $30. The duo has both a cassette slot and a CD-ROM drive so you can play all of your classic NEC games, regardless of whether they come on a cart or CD. Analogue is promising 1080p visual, no lag, and wireless communication using Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and therefore no adapter required for wireless controllers. It also sports a controller port, letting owners use original controllers and accessories with the Duo. It will be available for $ 200 ($ 283) next year and, like previous analog consoles, quantities will be limited. Because of the way the FPGA chip works and performs, the image quality is sharp, clear and accurate.

Analogue Duo All-in-One NEC System Will Launch in 2021
Retro Experts Analogue Making A New TurboGrafx and PC Engine Console

This new add-on will let folks play TurboGrafx-16, SuperGrafx, and PC Engine games on their Pocket devices, allowing you to take full advantage of that sweet 3.5 inch 1600×1440 pixel display.

As with Analogue's past creations, the new Analogue Duo is powered by an Altera Cyclone V FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) which is a customisable chip programmed to function exactly like the processors and graphic chips in the original TurboGrafx-16.

Analogue is also set to expand the number of games supported by the Pocket next year. Around the same time past year, the company had launched the portable Analogue Pocket that is compatible with games from Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance.

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