You may have seen the handheld floating around YouTube and Instagram, and that’s for good reason. The handheld brought back the “cartridge culture” that we all know and love. It featured big named games like Earthworm Jim, Pac-Man and Xeno Crisis.
The Evercade team are now launching a home based gaming system that has external controller support offering local multiplayer for up to four players.
The console simply connects into your TV’s HDMI port and outputs at 1080p with no problems. The Evercade VS also has not one, but two cartridge slots allowing you to switch between games effortlessly in a single session.
The Evercade VS fully supports existing Evercade cartridges, so for those of you that have been collecting them for some time, you’re in luck! There’s going to be over 280 games to choose from by the end of 2021 and with the included controllers the 2P-4P games are going to be an asbolute blast on this thing.
When you load up the game you can save your game from the exact frame, and come back to it when you please, so there’s no need for checkpoints. If you save a game on your handheld, and plug the cartridge into your Evercade VS it will be saved exactly where you left off.
The games themselves are all tied to the cartridges with top of the line emulation powered
by the Evercade VS’s 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU and 512mb DRAM. If it’s anything like their handheld, you’ll struggle to find any emulations problems such as audio cracks, screen tearing and frame skips, perhaps the Hyperkin Retron Sq should take notes.
The Blaze team have implemented a brand new user interface with refined style, increased features and a dynamic menu system that includes sounds and library organisation. There’s even a new resolution called “pixel perfect” that could use the same resolution as the traditional games, should you want that.
There’s also built in Wi-Fi which enables you to effortlessly update the software and games. The only downfall with this console I suppose is that you can’t do online play, perhaps this is something that will come out in future updates if the demand is high?
The new controller looks incredible, keeping the retro feel over the Evercade style. It has a full set of triggers, plugs in via USB and a nice DPAD which looks as if it fits fat thumbs like ours. If you’re not a fan of the controller it does support other controllers that use wireless adaptors or USB.
The Evercade VS can also work with the handheld as a controller if you snag a link cable which is sold separately.
Evercade VS Specifications
- 1.5Ghz quad-core processor, 512MB DRAM and 4GB internal storage.
- 4x USB ports for controllers (up to four players supported) with support for third party
- HDMI output with 1080p resolution (cable not provided)
- Updated UI with resolution options (4:3, Pixel Perfect, Full Screen), Scan Line Filters, visual game
- library and visual save states.
- Built in WiFi for easy updates and future network enabled features.
- Dual Cartridge slot for expanded library
- 5V micro USB power (cable provided, power adapter not included)
Prices & Release Dates
The Evercade VS will start from £89.99/$99.99/€99.99. Pre orders open 28th May and the product will finally release in November 2021, just in time for Christmas.
The Evercade VS looks awesome, and we totally respect what the company is doing. It’s bringing new eyes to the retro gaming scene, in a new way that feels nostalgic, and organic. Coach Co-Op is a form of gaming that many of us miss, and when a company wants to bring it back in such an incredible way we are always going to support that.
The Evercade VS is the next step of bringing retro gaming to the masses instead of through emulation. They team up with big developers in order to bring great games back to those who want to purchase it the “correct” way.
It’s putting money back into indie developers pockets, for creations they made long ago, and we absolutely love that idea. Blaze are doing what SEGA and Nintendo should be doing.
We talk a lot about emulation here at Retro Dodo, and even though we enjoy it, we feel as if at times, we want to support those who created the games, and Blaze are allowing that to be a real thing, through their cartridge based consoles.
The Evercade is the start of something awesome, and although the team and product are “small” in the likes of other consoles, they’re doing something really great for the retro gaming community, and for just that reason, we can’t recommend this enough.
This could be another contender in our best retro handhelds list.