Known for creating full-sized arcade cabinets packed with emulated arcade games, Dream Arcades is getting into the console business with the Dreamcade Replay, bringing arcade and console classics to anything with an HDMI port. The Dreamcade Replay is actually a series of three devices that Dream Arcades is launching on Kickstarter. First there's the basic Dreamcade Replay Classic, the palm-sized, Atari 2600-styled device seen in the image above. It's basically a tiny computer packed with everything necessary to not only emulate arcade and console games up to the original PlayStation, but also run non-demanding modern games and video streaming services.
The system is built on Windows 10 (it would have automatically upgraded from anything else anyway) and comes loaded with emulators, hundreds of pre-installed games and a safe environment in which to acquire more.
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Here's the hardware packed inside that box:
The Classic is being offered to Kickstarter backers in the US, UK and Canada for $US289 ($385) and comes bundled with a wireless controller. (Unfortunately none of the devices ship to Australia, but hopefully if the campaign is successful they'll become available.) Other controllers can be connected via USB using various adaptors available on the market. Or one could opt for the Dreamcade Replay Arcade Edition, which is available during the campaign for $US399 ($532) and comes with this beast:
Finally there's the most expensive option, the $US599 ($799) Dreamcade Replay Mobile, which is pretty much a miniature arcade machine complete with joystick controls and an 8" LCD display. It's made of wood. It also contains all of the connectors of the regular Replay, including the HDMI out, so it doubles as a TV console.
If the prices seem a little steep, keep in mind these are the Kickstarter early adopter prices. The Classic will be sold for $US399 ($532) once the campaign is over, with the Arcade Edition priced at $US599 ($799). The Replay Mobile will jump to $US799 ($1066). Dream Arcades has never been shy about large price tags, which is why I still don't have an arcade machine in my home.
This is a thing I want attached to my television set, if only to introduce my children to the arcade games that I started with back when I was a little older than they are now. They will never know the joy of playing Pac-Man in a smoke-filled 7-Eleven while sipping on a Slurpee in a reasonably-sized container, but the Dreamcade Replay seems a fine way to fake it.
You can read more about the Dreamcade Replay line and chart its progress at the Kickstarter page.