Polymega SEGA Dreamcast support could be coming soon to the modular gaming console by Playmaji, which already offers backwards compatibility with several CD-based platforms, including PlayStation, Neo Geo, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, and more. Why isn’t Dreamcast already supported? Mainly because the console uses the GD-ROM format instead of traditional CD-ROM discs, as the media is completely different and require special drives to run.
For those who have never heard of the Polymega, this Linux-based modular video game console basically includes a built-in CD drive, while separate add-ons, called Element Modules, provide support for cartridge-based games. It’s powered by a Coffee Lake processor and features Wi-Fi, Ethernet capability, HDMI output, as well as support for a light gun. As for looks, it’s definitely not as visually appealing as Razer’s modular Tomahawk gaming PC.
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My understanding is that it will be challenging a normal DVD or Blu-ray drive that you could buy off the shelf in 2021 and 2022 to read a GD-ROM disc, but there’s more than one way to skin a hamster, or whatever! We are always thinking outside the box… maybe we can look at plugging in an original Dreamcast and load it in that way… something like that. We’re coming up with ideas,” said Bryan Bernal, Playmaji CEO.