New retro gaming console releases next month

Fans of old-school video games from the 80s and 90s will soon have a new way to play them on today's high-definition televisions.

The new retro video game console is called the Retron 5 and will be released on June 6. It's from video game hardware and accessory company Hyperkin.

More than just a simple piece of gaming equipment that plays old-school video game cartridges, the Retron 5 plays games made for the NES/Famicom, SNES/Super Famicom, Genesis/Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.

To bring these 8- and 16-bit video games as close to modern visual standards as possible, the Retron 5 up converts the old-school games to 720p and comes equipped with an HDMI port. It also has two NES, SNES and Genesis ports so that users can play their retro games with original first-party controllers.

"The Retron 5 is our most ambitious project yet," Hyperkin Product Developer Chris Gallizzi said. "We're very happy with the response and anticipation from gamers. It's my hope that the Retron 5 will be a significant contribution to the retro community. There is no other console that plays games for so many systems or outputs everything in 720p."

Hyperkin's Retron 5 will reportedly retail for $140 in the U.S.


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