Los Angeles-based Retroblox Inc. has a new take on the emulation-based retro gaming console: swappable hardware modules and a built-in optical disc drive. Dubbed the Retroblox, the new device builds on the likes of the Hyperkin Retron 5 and Retro Freak by allowing users to not only play original cartridges for the likes of the Nintendo NES, SNES, and Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), but to also play CD-based games from consoles like the Mega-CD, PC Engine CD, and Sony PlayStation.
Unlike the Retron 5, however, the Retroblox won't accept all cartridges out of the box. The base unit ships with a "Hitachi LG Data Services" DVD drive for playing CD-based games, but cartridge-based games will require the additional purchase of "Element Modules." These modules add a cartridge slot as well as a pair of controller ports compatible with original controllers for the system being emulated.
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