Retro VGS Console Cancelled After It Fails To Prove Its Worth On Indiegogo

Retro VGS FailsBoth Indiegogo and Kickstarter have proved to be invaluable sources for retro-themed projects over the coming years, allowing both small ideas to flourish and industry veterans to revive brands such as Shenmue. One of the more ambitious projects as of late though has fallen flat on its face after an embarrassing campaign.

The Retro VGS was Retro Media Network's dream to create an all new console for today's market that relied on everything we know and love about our gaming past. While on paper the idea sounded fantastic, the team's reliance on archaic distribution models and a lack of foresight overall has brought the project to a grinding halt.

Having launched just mere days ago, the project garnered next to no interest whatsoever and struggled to raise more than 3% of its $2,000,000 target with less than 200 interested backers. This failure was most likely down to the console's rise in cost (coming close to PlayStation 4 / Xbox One price tags) and growing concerns over their approach to bug ridden games being released. What didn't help either was that the campaign naively launched without a working prototype in sight, leaving countless gamers reluctant to invest heavy into something unknown.

With all of this in mind, gamers disappointed in Retro Media Network have posted countless scathing write-ups and video blogs discussing the Retro VGS. With plenty of in depth analysis pieces covering the console's unfortunate flaws, the Retro VGS team made one last attempt to save the campaign through interviews to no avail.

Following this failure, the team behind the console have since closed the campaign and deemed it 'dead in the water'. While this may be the case for the Retro VGS's failed attempt, we have faith in the future that such a feat could be pulled off with the right research and resources set in place beforehand.

Link: Retro VGS Campaign at Indiegogo



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(Link to this comment) Tomleecee 2015-09-29 20:29
It does have one redeeming feature though. It looks like a 64-bit Interactive Multimedia Powerhouse. And I'd buy that for a dollar. #DoTheMath
(Link to this comment) sluffy 2015-09-30 09:49
Surely it'd be better to get rights to re-release an internet-enabled Mega Drive or SNES, or at least launch a console that plays their games- enormous back catalogue and they could still make new games. The games on this console didn't look inspiring at all.
-2 (Link to this comment) PageVGP 2015-09-30 19:10
I hate to pour cold water on this, but my Retron5 beats this into the ground. Even if you dont want to play retrogames There are lots of ways to play new original games with an 8 bit look and sound on the current gen consoles. it seems a reasonable idea and novel in a way, I love my carts, I love the tangible nature of them but I also know how much they would cost to produce nowadays. Nintendo dropped them for a reason!
-1 (Link to this comment) T Moleman 2015-10-01 15:11
A soft modded original Xbox makes things like this totally irrelevant, it kind of makes me happy that it got nowhere near the targets as it was yet another attempt to fleece retro gamers....
-1 (Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-10-05 21:09
A soft modded original Xbox isn't really a great solution any more, even if you can find the increasingly rare HD kit (without it your stuck with 480i even for 240p titles). It's okay if you've nothing better but there are far better emulation boxes around (including the Retron 5).
(Link to this comment) ninjaalex 2015-10-07 21:13
I was really looking forward to this. I think it would have been really interesting but cost wise it doesn't add up.

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