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Atariboy
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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby Atariboy » April 18th, 2020, 5:02 pm

I don't know about Dreamcast support. Can your average DVD drive read the proprietary GD-ROM format (Essentially a CD derivitive with several hundred MB's of additional storage)?

Dreamcast GD-ROM drives can obviously read CD's, but I'm skeptical that a standard CD-ROM drive (Do they even still make these?) or DVD-ROM drive can read Dreamcast discs.

Same with GameCube and their proprietary mini-DVD derived format.

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby ActRaiser » April 18th, 2020, 11:11 pm

Atariboy wrote:I don't know about Dreamcast support. Can your average DVD drive read the proprietary GD-ROM format (Essentially a CD derivitive with several hundred MB's of additional storage)?

Dreamcast GD-ROM drives can obviously read CD's, but I'm skeptical that a standard CD-ROM drive (Do they even still make these?) or DVD-ROM drive can read Dreamcast discs.

Same with GameCube and their proprietary mini-DVD derived format.


It's not designed to support DVD drives or Dreamcast games.

Go here https://www.polymega.com/ to see the full list of consoles supported.

If it supported DVD drives, Gamecube games would be supported. It's just a mini disk format. My PC could read those and I'm guessing yours too if it supported a tray like format for inserting disks.

Regardless, it's not going to support DC or Gamecube.

This is looking like one heck of a nice console. I wished it would play Philips CDI disks. I've got a few and no working console to use for it. Perhaps, it will be updated to support it down the road. Either way, this thing is looking to be a pretty sweet solution for couch gaming.

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby VideoGameCritic » April 19th, 2020, 5:21 pm

Actraiser, what makes you so certain they couldn't add support for additional consoles in the future?

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby Atariboy » April 19th, 2020, 9:44 pm

It's my understanding that they want to add additional platforms in the future. I believe that's a big reason why they've gone the modular route.

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Atariboy wrote:I don't know about Dreamcast support. Can your average DVD drive read the proprietary GD-ROM format (Essentially a CD derivitive with several hundred MB's of additional storage)?

Dreamcast GD-ROM drives can obviously read CD's, but I'm skeptical that a standard CD-ROM drive (Do they even still make these?) or DVD-ROM drive can read Dreamcast discs.

It's not designed to support DVD drives or Dreamcast games.


Just to clarify, I wasn't out to suggest that these were future possibilities. I was responding to Shapur and his post that said "from the specs, should they choose to, they shouldn’t have too much trouble adding N64, GameCube and Dreamcast support."

Like you, I disagree on the ease of adding support for the GameCube and Dreamcast. Not only due to their complexity and the horsepower that's needed, but like I was getting at earlier, I believe there are roadblocks with the included disc drive that would be hurdles for them in supporting these disc formats.

That said, I have a suspicion that the Polymega does have a DVD drive. I just can't see there being a demand for computer CD-ROM drives in 2020. With DVD-ROM drives offering backwards compatibility with the CD format and I suspect being cheaper and easier to source, I bet it's what's inside of this.

I've been wrong before though. :)

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Atariboy wrote:Same with GameCube and their proprietary mini-DVD derived format.

If it supported DVD drives, Gamecube games would be supported. It's just a mini disk format. My PC could read those and I'm guessing yours too if it supported a tray like format for inserting disks.


I understand where the format came from, but it was my understanding that Nintendo did some trickery that made this a difficult proposition?

If my vague memories of 10+ year old forum postings are accurate, aren't GameCube discs read backwards compared to a regular mini-DVD disc (i.e., just enough of a difference to cause problems with stock DVD drives to discourage piracy)?

For instance all the tutorials I've seen for running GameCube games on a Wii U called for the user to rip their discs not from a PC equipped with a DVD drive, but by using a backwards compatible Wii with the Homebrew Channel installed.

Perhaps that tidbit about the GameCube's media was just an urban legend like sometimes gains traction in this hobby?

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby noah98 » April 20th, 2020, 7:49 am

I would have bought one for$250 (base unit) and $60 (modules). It's now selling for $400, shipping, July 6th from Walmart! No way I'm spending that much!

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby jackj5000 » April 20th, 2020, 8:50 am

noah98 wrote:I would have bought one for$250 (base unit) and $60 (modules). It's now selling for $400, shipping, July 6th from Walmart! No way I'm spending that much!


Yeah. They did have it at $250 way back when they opened up pre-orders, but there were too many unknowns about the system for me at that point.

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby VideoGameCritic » April 20th, 2020, 9:03 am

noah98 wrote:I would have bought one for$250 (base unit) and $60 (modules). It's now selling for $400, shipping, July 6th from Walmart! No way I'm spending that much!


What does the $400 get you? What games can you play?

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby ActRaiser » April 20th, 2020, 10:31 am

VideoGameCritic wrote:Actraiser, what makes you so certain they couldn't add support for additional consoles in the future?

They certainly could in the future but at launch CDI is not supported.

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby Alucard1191 » April 20th, 2020, 10:53 am

While 400 + modules is a little too much for me, this does actually look really cool. The ability to have many systems in a small unit is really appealing. I live in a small house and having as many systems as I do is a problem. Especially if this thing eventually had DC and N64 support, I could pack up the bulk of my older systems and just keeps the games on a shelf. It would also open up a lot of new systems I don't own, like Neo Geo CD and TurboGraphix. Maybe if I win the lottery during quarantine, lol.

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Re: PolyMega Retro System

Postby jackj5000 » April 20th, 2020, 10:56 am

VideoGameCritic wrote:
noah98 wrote:I would have bought one for$250 (base unit) and $60 (modules). It's now selling for $400, shipping, July 6th from Walmart! No way I'm spending that much!


What does the $400 get you? What games can you play?


The Base Unit I believe, which is for just the CD games it supports. Sega CD, Sega Saturn, TurboGrafx CD, Neo Geo CD, PS1.


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