Polymega’s next update brings more SNES and Super Famicom support

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Playmaji’s retro all-in-one console, Polymega, is about to receive its next major update and with that, it will bring even more support for SNES and Super Famicom games.

While the updated gaming support alone is enough for one of the best Nintendo consoles ever made, Playmaji is bringing a number of changes to its retro system, including a recovery mode, a power saving mode, a new audio player and tons of small quality-of-life updates, that help polish the system and its usability.

Let’s take a look at all the big updates, shall we?

Red Book audio CD support

The Polymega will now be able to play standard audio CDs, adding more functionality to some PlayStation classics like Monster Rancher and Vib Ribbon. There’s also an audio interface where you can view the album art, track listing, and default content you might see on Apple Music or Spotify. PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16, Sega/Mega CD and Neo Geo CD games can also use the audio player, so you can listen to the Ys Book I & II soundtrack whenever you want!

More support for Super Famicom / SNES games

Probably the big update for many, this update brings more support for the OBC-1 and SPC7110 expansion chips, as well as Sufami Turbo support to the system. Other English patches for popular Japan Only games will also be compatible with the system once it is updated.

Pin a filter in collection views

Better search tools are always an asset to us, and the 1.1.20 update makes finding your games that much easier. You can pin a filter to any grid-based view. Assuming you want to see every Sega Mega Drive game in chronological order, you can. Playmaji will expand on these types of search and filter tools in future updates, but it’s a welcome move.

power saving mode

This is pretty much the standard in the big console market, so it’s always good to see this attitude coming to some smaller projects. You can set an inactivity timer so that your Polymega goes to sleep if you don’t use the console for a certain period of time. Just wave your controller to wake it up.

recovery mode

There will also be a recovery mode in case something happens to your system. If you hold down the eject button on the front of the console and turn it on at the same time, a special screen will load. This will allow you to factory reset your console.

Those are just the big upcoming updates, but there are a nice handful of patch notes on the system’s official website. The highlights here include:

  • A warning when you try to start a game whose save file is older than a save state.
  • Added full RGB color gamut video option.
  • Ability to disable button toggle to confirm, cancel, etc. in Japan/Asia region.
  • Fixed various SNES patch issues.
  • Fixed running text wrapping.
  • Option to disable default screenshot button.

Check out the rest of the patch notes on the official blog, which you can peruse here. The update was unveiled last week and was originally scheduled for release yesterday. However, Playmaji has since stated that the updated version 1.1.20 should be released sometime today.

Tell us what you think about this update and let us know your experience with the Polymega in the comments! Polymega’s next update brings more SNES and Super Famicom support

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