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Blaze Entertainment announces home gaming console

The Evercade VS, focused on retro gaming, will be available to pre-order in May before a launch in November

Blaze Entertainment is working on a retro gaming home console to be released in November 2021.

The Evercade VS will be available to pre-order from May 28, with a price tag starting at $99.99 (£89.99/€99.99).

The cartridge-based system will support up to four players locally via USB controllers. Two proprietary controllers will be included in the box, but the console will also support third-party options including the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

In terms of software, the Evercade VS will support cartridges previously released by Blaze Entertainment for its handheld console -- the Evercade Handheld, which launched in 2020. The library of over 260 games is spread across 20+ cartridges and includes titles such as Asteroids, Burger Time, Double Dragon, and Earthworm Jim.

The system will allow for two cartridges to be used at the same time, meaning players will be able to access up to 40 games from the home menu without having to swap cartridges.

The cartridges all include save and load states, meaning games can be swapped between the Evercade Handheld and VS without losing progress.

Andrew Byatt, managing director at Blaze Entertainment, commented: "This is a hugely exciting time for the Evercade, with new carts, new hardware and improved software becoming available. 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."

Earlier this year, Evercade's Oliver Twins Collection raised £11,000 for the National Videogame Museum.

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