Analogue Duo Announced for TurboGrafx-16 Fans Everywhere

  • Analogue Duo Announced for TurboGrafx-16 Fans Everywhere

Analogue Duo Announced for TurboGrafx-16 Fans Everywhere

According to the company, the Duo can play TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx CD, PC Engine CD-ROM, and Super Arcade CD-Rom games. Analogue has yet to produce a machine that's compatible with a "fifth-generation" console; the nature of FPGA programming means that, the more complex the hardware, the more hard it is to replicate. The console would first arrive in the U.S. in two colour options, and there's no word about its global availability. The Analogue Duo will launch sometime in 2021 for $199.

Analogue, the makers of high-end retro consoles, have announced their latest vehicle for nostalgia: The Duo. The chip is also versatile, which is why the Duo can play multiple NEC system games.

The Analogue Duo will be available in 2021 in "limited quantities" for $200, in either white or black. In addition to the original TurboGrafx-16, the Analogue Duo can play games from the SuperGrafx (an enhanced version of the TG-16), and the TurboGrafx-CD as its design is loosely based on the NEC TurboDuo (introduced in North America in 1992) which merged the TurboGrafx-16 and the TurboGrafx-CD into one unit with slots for both cartridges and CDs. Analogue is promising 1080p visual, no lag, and wireless communication using Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and therefore no adapter required for wireless controllers. It also has a controller port that allows owners to use original controllers and accessories for the Duo. Because of how the FPGA chip works and how powerful it is, the picture quality is sharp, clear, and accurate.

TurboGrafx and PC Engine games originally came on cartridges called HuCards (A.K.A. TurboChips), but a Sega CD-like add-on was produced to support games on disc.

The Analogue Duo based on the design of the NEC TurboDuo will be available in black or white sometime in 2021
The Analogue Duo based on the design of the NEC TurboDuo will be available in black or white sometime in 2021

As with Analogue's past creations, the new Analogue Duo is powered by an Altera Cyclone V FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) which is a customisable chip programmed to function exactly like the processors and graphic chips in the original TurboGrafx-16.

The Analogue Duo itself will be out next year for $US200 ($283), and considering how fast the company's last devices have sold out, if you want one of these you'll probably need to plan ahead and keep your eyes open for a more specific release date.

Analogue is also set to expand the number of games supported by the Pocket next year.