Cyber Gadget’s Multi-Console System ‘Retro Freak’ Set To Rival RetroN 5 With PC Engine Support

Cyber-Gadget-Retro-Freak-Multi-Console-AnnouncedIf you’re yet to experience the RetroN 5, Hyperkin’s all-in-one system is a fantastic offering for retro gamers with limited space. Although equipped with five different cartridge slots compatible with up to nine different systems, it would appear a newer system on the horizon is about to go one better. The newly announced Retro Freak from Cyber Gadget looks set to build upon the RetroN 5’s foundations, offering further support for the PC Engine / TurboGrafx 16 and SuperGrafx cards too.

This feature packed system seems to already be promising so much, even though it's still a long way from hitting the shop shelves. Similar to its nearest rival, the Retro Freak will read game cartridges into memory and then store them on its internal memory for future use. These games can then be played through a HDMI out signal with plenty of visual tweaks at the ready - many of which emulation fans will already be familiar with such as hq3x. Also, like the RetroN 5 the Retro Freak has control pad ports for a wide selection of accessories to cover the many different formats it supports.

Where the Retro Freak separates itself from the competition though is in both its build and additional archival features. The system itself is actually rather small, as the entire cartridge slot section is a detachable add-on - something which will allow gamers to easily transport their system for use elsewhere once loaded with their collection of games. And regarding digital collections too, the Retro Freak also promises the ability to backup and restore game cartridge save files by reading and writing to the SRAM directly (all whilst also offering save state functionality). Elsewhere with the build, retro gaming fans will be pleased to know the Retro Freak will come with a gamepad sporting more similar aesthetics to the Super Nintendo’s one.


The only downside we’ve noticed with the Retro Freak so far is that it is currently lacking a PAL / NTSC Nintendo NES cartridge slot. Although this can be easily addressed with a Nintendo Famicom 60pin to 72pin Nintendo NES converter, it will be interesting to see if Cyber Gadget will reasses the system’s cartridge slots for an international release.

Needless to say we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the Retro Freak and hoping to speak to Cyber Gadget on the system in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to check out the official Retro Freak webpage for further information.

Link: Official Retro Freak Website at Cyber Gadget

Last Updated ( 18 May 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) DemonicNinja 2015-05-18 20:44
Wow!!if this comes to fruition I will be would be very hard not to buy!
(Link to this comment) Emuaust 2015-05-18 22:34
No SMS support?
(Link to this comment) Juganawt 2015-05-18 23:25
The big questions: Will it support flashcards, and how much will it cost?
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-05-19 08:36
It supports ROMS why would you want flashcart support?
(Link to this comment) suzzopher 2015-05-19 07:31
Glad I held off from buying a RetroN5 now. Would much rather have PC Engine support than NES.
(Link to this comment) erack 2015-05-19 14:03
If only they could add game gear support i woud buy that instantly
(Link to this comment) Landstalker 2015-05-24 23:47
Ill be buying it when it hits the shelves :) actually really excited, was looking to buy the retron 5 might hold out see if this comes through
(Link to this comment) bassanddestroy 2017-08-17 22:27
I own this console. I like the fact that it supports famicom and mega drive games so I don't have to mod any of my original consoles. Yeah it takes roms, but I would rather buy the games instead of buying all the separate consoles just to play them. It's convenient, small, and best of all, it works well.

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