Saturday, October 28, 2017

Seedi Retro CD: CD Emulation for the Future?

One of the first blogs I wrote back in February was for a new retro system called the Retroblox, now known as the Polymega. It was a system that had the ability to play early to mid 90s CD systems. Within the last month, there is another group that is looking to etch their name into delivering a classic experience for the new generation. That would be the Seedi Retro CD Gaming System.

What systems are they going after? Like the Polymega, it's going towards the early to mid 90s CD systems. Particularly the ones that didn't set the world on fire. Overall, there is four systems that they are doing. They are the Neo Geo CD, Sega CD/Mega CD, PC Engine/Turbografx-CD, and the original PlayStation. For people who have grown up on these consoles and add-ons, the wear and tear is prevalent. Although PlayStation did very well, it had a lot of issues early on with the hardware. Sega CD is known for having blown fuses. These systems lasers can go out. The drives may not work well after a long time. Eventually, the stuff breaks.

Seedi had an Indiegogo campaign going, but fell short of the 50,000 dollar goal. Nevertheless, they are still looking to iron out issues by sending out prototypes to people. They allow people to use their original CDs and go through them the same way like playing on the original systems. It allows wireless controllers and the original systems controllers. They are also allowing use of playing DVDs and music CDs. Added is an open source for a lot of emulators.

They are also allowing other systems with roms. Included in the mix they listed are the NES, Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, the Game Boy line, MAME (arcade games), and the Turbografx-16 (PC Engine). Computer games are also slated, but limited to adventure games, DOS games on 386 and lower, and games optimized. Planned for release is cartridge adapters for the Genesis and Game Boy. Online play is going to be allowed on some games along with typical modern retro system features like video filters and save states. Essentially, they are looking to stand out from other modern retro systems such as storage, Wi-Fi, and like the others, being region free.

One complaint some might have are other systems not being on there, which they addressed. They are looking at other systems such as the SNES, Sega Saturn, and 3DO for potential future support. There are systems not support like the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 that they said could be done if they make a second version of Seedi. They are taking a huge chance on some of the systems that they look to add. The Saturn is pretty infamous in regards to emulation, but from what I've heard has gotten better. No one has really done 3DO, or other systems they mentioned like the Jaguar CD and Philips CD-i. If they can work hard on some of systems, this could pave the way for future retro CD systems.

Still, let's see if they even get these produced. A number of these companies try and typically fail. This seems legit and the CD aspect is enticing. If this and Polymega don't live up, the effort may not be made to keep interest in these older CD systems.

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