RetroN 5 Console, Bring Back the Classics

Miss playing the classics? Wish you could relive the old days and relive those found memories? Have you desired to play some of your retro games but hate digging out you old console and untangling the massive amount of cables? Well then look no farther than the RetroN 5.

The RetroN 5 has five cartridge slots allowing  for you to play NES, SNES, SFC, Genesis, MD, FAMI, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Gameboy games. This means gamers will be able to play nine different consoles worth of games all on one console. Because of a new chipset,region locks and compatibility are no longer an issue, and the RetroN 5 will be able to play both PAL and NTSC cartridges. CIC lockout chips and FX chips are no longer going to be an issue, as Hyperkin aims to achieve 100% compatibility with all cartridges.

On the front of the console, there is a power button in order turn on the console, and next to it is a sync button. This button will allow you to sync up to 4 wireless controllers to the console, allowing for you to be able to play multiplayer compatible titles without having to use a multi-tap. On the back of the console, there is a standard AV output, a USB port to allow for charging of the wireless controller, an AC Adapter to power the system, and a HDMI output for HDTV connectivity. Along the sides of the console,there are six controller ports, two for the SNES, two for the Genesis, and two NES, allowing for users to use their original system controllers. Users are able to use any controller they desire for any system. That means, if you wanted to use a SNES controller to play Genesis games, or feel like playing GB games with a  Genesis controller feel free to because the RetroN 5 makes it possible.

The RetroN 5 comes with a wireless controller that utilizes Bluetooth technology, allowing for a playable distance of at least fifteen feet without losing sync from the console. This new controller will also have a Micro-switch Directional Pad instead of the old traditional directional pad. The controller has six face buttons, two shoulder buttons, a start and select button, and four LED light indicators to display the player’s number. There is also a Home button that will serve multiple functions: one is to sync the controller to the console and the second is to gain access to the Game User Interface (GUI) at any point during gameplay. There are also two Macro buttons that will allow you to program commands into the controller. Every controller contains a rechargeable lithium-ion battery than can be charged through any USB port via the micro USB cable.  The RetroN 5 allows for players to program their controllers configuration in order to match their gaming needs. These custom layouts will then be saved to the RetroN 5 so that players will not have to constantly reprogram their controllers.

From first time use of the RetroN 5 users will be taken to a digital  interface where they will be able to select which system they would like to play, as well as access additional features. Unlike past consoles the RetroN 5 makes it possible for you to save you game at any time during gameplay and has an auto save feature that will save your game when the console is shut down. Players will be able to load their saves at anytime, even during gameplay, so say you forgot a missing piece or even want to go back and replay a level feel free to do so. The RetroN 5 will be able to convert video imaging to make images cleaner and clear and allowing for high quality colors to be seen on high-definition tvs. It will be able to produce a resolution output up to 720p through shading and color enhancing. The is also an adjustable aspect ratio allowing for users to switch between standard 4:3 and 16:9 HD.

The overall audio output quality will be improved through the utilization of audio interpolation, resulting in a smoother cleaner audio output. What interpolation actually does is it creates new samples by using the repeating low quality sample. As a result  a smoother, crisper sound output is created, greater than the original sound.

The RetroN 5 will allow for manual and passive overclocking, giving the users the ability to speed up or slow down their games as they see fit. This option is available on the GUI, and users will have the ability to access it  at any time during gameplay by hitting  the “Home” button on the controller. This feature is also able to be utilized  by programming the Macro buttons on the wireless controller so if there is a long slow cut-scene, why not speed it up!

Hyperkin’s RetroN 5 will be available for purchase on December 10th for 99 dollars. So if  you miss some of the games from your childhood or even games from before your time or just desire to have an all in one console then the RetroN 5 might be the console for you. Personally I like that it grants the ability to play so many different types of console all in one because it makes if less stressful trying to find all the old cables. For those who were at E3 2013, you might remember seeing the RetroN 5’s display. For additional information checkout Hyperkin’s website at

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