Retro-console maker Analogue has made some great FPGA-based consoles over the past three years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The company has revealed the Analogue Duo, its take on the classic NEC console, the TurboDuo (or PC Duo Engine R in Japan and France). The original console let you play both HuCard and CD-ROM games, and Analogue plans to release a console that does that and more.
The Analogue Duo releases in 2021 and is the company’s first console with a disc drive. It’s compatible with almost every NEC game format, including TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx HuCards as well as TurboGrafx, PC Engine, and Super Arcade CD-ROMs.
The Analogue Duo outputs a 1080p signal and supports both modern and retro controllers. This time, however, Analogue has gone a little further. For the first time, the console maker has integrated Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity straight into the console, allowing you to connect any wireless 8Bitdo controller without a dongle. The TurboDuo also includes two USB ports for controllers and accessories as well as an original TurboGrafx-16 controller port–you’ll need an adapter if you want to use original PC Engine controllers.
The Duo also provides a multitude of options, such as scanline and scaling options as well as horizontal and vertical position adjustment and stretching. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and volume dial.
The Analogue Duo is available in both USA black and JP white colours and will release in 2021 in limited quantities for $200. Preorders are not yet available at this time. The Analogue Duo includes an HDMI cable, USB power cable, and a worldwide USB power supply. You’ll need to pay extra for controllers–8Bitdo’s TurboGrafx/PC Engine controllers are excellent and work with the Nintendo Switch, too.
In addition to a new console, Analogue announced that the company plans to release an adapter for the Analogue Pocket that lets owners play TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx HuCard games on the company’s FPGA handheld. It’s coming in 2021 and costs $30.