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Title: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on December 21, 2014, 21:25:31 PM
Anyone picked one up yet? Going to get one?

Thoughts?
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: TrekMD on December 21, 2014, 21:39:52 PM
I haven't gotten one.  I did see one during FreePlay Florida being sold and I don't know that it sold.  It does look like a cool system, though.  I'm curious as to how well does it do with emulation.  A nice plus about it is that it enhances the graphics for HDMI output.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Greyfox on December 22, 2014, 08:56:07 AM
You might want to watch these videos on the RetroN 5

[align=center:r20cgw2g]www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K8j8iCGOZA (http://http)[/align:r20cgw2g]

And the main Review here.

[align=center:r20cgw2g]www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA58fg6wZSM (http://http)[/align:r20cgw2g]

Gamestr81 always knows his stuff and I a lot of the time base my decision on what he thinks. And is not bias towards reviews or give the impression he's been bought off either, so I think this is a good starting point.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on December 27, 2014, 17:59:53 PM
Great vids, i do like the way he reviews stuff.. :113:
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: EchoPark on May 09, 2015, 09:04:21 AM
I know this topic is getting pretty old and past it but I was interested if you or anyone got the RetroN 5. I keep fancy getting one but something else usually takes over the cash. Lately its quadcopters lol.
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: Greyfox on May 09, 2015, 11:41:14 AM
Well, one of our long time members [member=4292]dcultrapro[/member] seen a post I put up on Twitter and claimed to have said he was getting one really soon, or has one now, and I've also seen some intense reviews and people are saying that for what it is , it's actually very good, bar a few Japanese games not been compatible , but have updates on firmware for the machine to get it all running, plus it does a great job of up scaling to HD for the games.

But for anyone who has the actual systems, this may not be an option for them, unless they are putting their machines into storage.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 09, 2015, 22:53:03 PM
With the upscaling, save anywhere feature, and ability to play imports it is tempting. I was thinking about getting one but then another company announced they were making something similar, and it would have a NEC hu card slot as well. Now I'm waiting to see what becomes of that before I decide.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: EchoPark on May 09, 2015, 23:24:09 PM
Well most of my systems is in storage but still have most of my games at the house. So to have something like an all in one system would be good. I've heard most good things with some of the wee nags is like what you said compatibility which isn't much of a problem to me and it holds on quite tight to certain carts.

I haven't ordered from FunStock yet so I get that 10% off my first order, may use it to get one. With getting 'My Retro Game Box' I can't play much of the games as I don't keep my consoles on me due to the size of this house lol

Well have to look at that one Shadowrunner, never heard of that one till now.
                                                                                           
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 10, 2015, 23:52:26 PM
Here's the thread about the other one Echo :)
http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/http:/ ... ic.php?t=4 (http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4)
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on May 11, 2015, 21:26:38 PM
Yeah, i am doing the same now as i need to downscale my collecting habit lol..
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Lorfarius on May 17, 2015, 12:43:39 PM
Ordered one yesterday using the RVG code from here for a discount. I wasn't too tempted before what with all the bad press (early models having dodgy cart inserts) but from what I can tell it was sorted on later ones.  Spent sometime on it at Play recently and it pretty much sold me, got rid of my modded MD to pay for it mind  :16:

Next step will be a Master System/MD adaptor from Retro Towers so I can try all my MS collection in lovely HD.  The biggest thing that's sold me is the thought of being able to play the Japanese version of Enduro Racer with it's extra courses!  Granted it'll be a ROM but saves spending hundreds of pounds on a Jap system.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on May 17, 2015, 20:24:15 PM
I look forward to your hardware review and podcast review then pal. :113:
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 17, 2015, 23:49:35 PM
Cool! Looking forward to your thoughts on the system.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: TrekMD on May 18, 2015, 00:07:03 AM
Thought I'd leave this here as it looks at the system...

[align=center:12prre76]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B47w8oJfe8&feature=em-subs_digest[/align:12prre76]
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Lorfarius on May 18, 2015, 08:03:35 AM
I'm really excited! Just got my hands on an MD and SNES pad so I'm all set.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: TrekMD on May 18, 2015, 16:30:28 PM
I have to admit that I'm quite curious about this system and I'm tempted to get it.  It's a nice way to play various systems without having to switch consoles or wiring. 
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Lorfarius on May 18, 2015, 17:17:41 PM
Plus it outputs it all in HDMI.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: TrekMD on May 18, 2015, 18:33:02 PM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
Plus it outputs it all in HDMI.
Yes, which is also excellent as it upcodes the signals. 
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Lorfarius on May 19, 2015, 18:28:39 PM
First impressions.... it's ace!  The slots on mine feel spot on, doesn't take any extra effort to get them out like some complain but that might be down to early models. Only played a few games but was chuffed to discover it will play Japanese MD games, I thought with their weird cart shapes they'd be out but fit perfectly.

The pad is utter arse, it's clicky, cheap and plastic. Will be using a SNES pad for all my games on it but very disappointed with the pad, the stick just doesn't control the games well at all and the lack of a D Pad is a big mistake. Thankfully it's riddled with controller slots down the side for all the systems so no big loss.

I've heard a few complaints about sound as well but I just boosted Treble and Bass settings within the console menu and seemed to do the trick for me. Castle of Illusion still sounds as magical as ever plus it looks glorious in upscaled HDMI on a 40" TV!
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on May 19, 2015, 18:32:04 PM
Good stuff..
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: vandro on May 19, 2015, 20:56:38 PM
How much do you think is reasonable?
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on May 20, 2015, 09:24:52 AM
What do you mean?
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: TrekMD on May 20, 2015, 23:21:46 PM
I see these selling on Amazon for $140 right now.  I guess the price went up.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: guest5512 on May 23, 2015, 01:10:12 AM
I've had mine for a while now. Love it!

In addition to the original controllers you can mix and match controllers. For instance I use a NES controller for SMS games - so much better. Oh yeah - that's right you can play Master System games with the Power Base Converter.

No need to worry about dead save batteries or even save points if you're the save-stating type. But the ability to patch is the best thing of all.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: EchoPark on May 23, 2015, 06:42:41 AM
Still very much want one. My missus no regrets showing me one of those Facebook groups that deal with retro items in the Scotland area. Some lass is selling a RetroN5 for 85 which I think is a steal, only been used a few times seemly. Problem is the distance and she isn't willing to post. It's about over and hour drive.

I've been debating it in my head. Is it worth the travel for the price and hopefully it still be unsold when I get paid next week.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: zapiy on May 23, 2015, 09:42:08 AM
I would say it's worth the drive mate. 130 on Funstock are they not.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: EchoPark on May 23, 2015, 09:49:17 AM
lol they are but I'm a man with so many hobbies and so little disposable income. I mean I would happily get a new one but it would mean spending a wee bit less somewhere and not getting a day trip out lol and when you work from home and spend 6 of 7 days in the house all day, you crave those days of freedom.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Akuza on May 23, 2015, 16:44:49 PM
I wouldn't mind a retron 5, as its an all in one, but I don't want to spend so much on a system, I struggled paying near the retron 5's price for my pc engine and a bunch of games.

Though if they released this one that can play all these games plus the nec stuff, itd be awesome, but that's a few years off apparently :(
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Lorfarius on May 23, 2015, 20:35:36 PM
The other way to look at it is you can sell your original consoles.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: EchoPark on May 24, 2015, 06:22:42 AM
But old consoles just look so nice  :21:

I'm gonna be selling most of my spares and a few that I just won't use. Be a sad day when my Sega Multi Mega goes.
Title: Re: RetroN 5 Chat
Post by: Akuza on May 24, 2015, 07:53:52 AM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
The other way to look at it is you can sell your original consoles.

NEVERRRR!

though I do have a spare mega drive and around 4 spare snes's and a spare nes... I could get rid of them to effectively pay for my retron 5 :P

I wouldn't ever get rid of the originals or you lose the spirit of retro gaming to what us basically emulation!