Announced in May this year – and arriving in November – the Evercade VS is a non-handheld evolution of the superb Evercade console, which launched last year to great Acclaim and has been incredibly popular with retro gamers everywhere. One thing that’s clear when playing many games in the console’s library is that, though the option for multiplayer gaming is often still present on menu screens, there is of course no way to play anything other than single player modes due to the nature of the handheld device.
However, the Evercade VS corrects this, with the possibility of up to four player simultaneous gaming – and even the option (with a special cable) of using the handheld as a controller too.
Though some gamers have questioned the need for the VS considering the Evercade handheld can be plugged into the TV and played on a bigger screen, the VS does display in 1080p, compared to the handheld’s 720p output. Not only that, but there is, of course, the aforementioned multiplayer to consider too.
There’s a neat innovation in that the Evercade VS can also access two cartridges at once. It also brings WiFi connection into the mix too, the omission of which on the handheld can sometimes feel like an oversight, particularly when trying to update the console’s firmware – which is a lot more hassle than it should be.
Still, even though I’m a very happy owner of the Evercade myself, I’m extremely keen to get my hands on the Evercade VS – and the announced arcade compilations that will be launching alongside it, in the fancy new purple packaging, look extremely enticing too.
Speaking of that sort of thing, the console’s packaging was revealed this week, along with the controller box art too. It shows the same gorgeous, retro-inspired design ethos that’s been a hallmark of the Evercade product range so far. Lovely, isn’t it?
The Evercade VS launches on November 3rd – which can’t come soon enough!
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