Following the launch of the Evercade Handheld in 2020, Blaze Entertainment is now launching the Evercade VS, a home gaming console for retro gaming. It's cartridge based and will support four players with local multiplayer via USB controllers. There will also be a dual cartridge slot that uses the existing Evercade cartridge format that supports over 260 games.
“This is a hugely exciting time for the Evercade, with new carts, new hardware and improved software becoming available," said Andrew Byatt Managing Director of Blaze Entertainment. "When we began this project we believed that a physical-only console would work in an increasingly digital world and the reaction has been amazing. Today we move this to the next level.
Up to four players will be able to play simultaneously either via the proprietary Evercade VS USB controller--which is either provided in the pack or purchase separately for additional controllers--or third-party USB and wireless controllers. This includes the Xbox Adaptive controller and 8bitdo wireless controllers.
Existing Evercade games already come with multiplayer support, so if you have Evercade games (with multiplayer) they can be used to play multiplayer on the Evercade VS. These games include titles like Double Dragon, Earthworm Jim, Asteroids, River City Ransom, Burger Time, City Connection, and more.
Interestingly, Namco Museum collections cartridges 02 and 06 are not compatible with Evercade VS due to being exclusively licenses for the Evercade handheld. Everything else, though, will be available to freely use on the Evercade console.
With two cartridge support, the Evercade VS will be able to have up to 40 games selectable at any one time, with a new UI that will allow screen filters, sorting options, and resolution features (including Pixel Perfect representation) to be used. The Evercade VS will output up to 1080p, and has WiFi built-in for easy updating and future online features.
If you're interested in picking up a Evercade VS and want to game like its 1988 all over again, it'll be available to pre-order on Friday May 28 for £89.99/$99.99/€99.99. Exact pack configurations will be announced a week beforehand, with the console launching sometime early November 2021.