While Google unveils gaming’s future through Stadia, Sega turns to retro consoles
Recently Google unveiled Stadia, a platform that lets anyone play any game, on any screen, at any time—regardless of what hardware equipment you have. In theory, Stadia is a game streaming platform that can wipe out the need for expensive consoles like PlayStation or Xbox.
However, since the product is still in its development phase, it may be sometime before gamers get to enjoy what is being dubbed as the ‘Netflix of gaming’. While the entire tech world looks to cloud gaming, Japanese gaming giant Sega is tapping into the internet’s biggest pop-culture trend: nostalgia gaming.
Thirty years after it first launched its iconic 16-bit video game console, Genesis, the developer has announced the arrival of a retro version of its console: the Sega Genesis Mini. Slated to be launched on September 19, the plug-and-play device will come with 40 epic built-in games from the ’80s.
Some of the titles include Sonic The Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Comix Zone, Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Ecco the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes, Shining Force, Space Harrier II, and ToeJam & Earl. The company stated that additional games will also be announced.
SEEEEGGGGAAAA!— SEGA (@SEGA) March 30, 2019
The iconic SEGA Genesis returns September 19, 2019, with our lovingly crafted SEGA Genesis Mini for $79.99!
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The Genesis Mini will come with opening cartridge doors and a pair of three-button USB controllers. The 16-bit consoles can be plugged via HDMI cables into TVs—so that gamers to play right away.