Author Topic: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player  (Read 1347 times)

TheUltimateMan (OP)

RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« on: December 10, 2016, 12:58:08 pm »
This looks like a fun mini computer/console. It does what a lot of other machines do, but simplifies the process. Classic emulation, 4K media center, use any kind of controller you want (or your phone):

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/retroengine-sigma-mini-console-media-player-cool#/

What do you think...?

alyinsanfran

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 04:47:23 pm »
I don't believe it'll release. Not at that price and not with all those promised features.

siegel17701

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2016, 06:09:54 pm »
I already have one, it's called every phone, tablet, PC and raspberry pi I've owned.

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2016, 09:02:26 pm »
They're being very hush hush about what's under the hood. Almost to the point that they're taking advantage of people who don't know it's running on Pi software.

The inputs/outputs they have don't match any Pi board but don't be surprised if come delivery time they just make it an overpriced case for a Pi zero.

dcervi

Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2016, 10:04:41 pm »
Port locations and specs exactly match the Orange Pi Lite. Thatís not a bad thing if they make things well on the software side.

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alyinsanfran

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 01:19:09 am »
It's the software side I'm doubting. Promising plug and play to noobs is a sure way to have your phone banks overloaded with people not understanding how many Mame romsets exist.

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2016, 01:05:25 am »
The orangepi build of retropie is very sketchy right now.  I assume these retroengine people are polishing it up, but even if they manage to get it working as well as retropie on the RPi3, what's the point?  Retropie on the RPi3 already exists.

They're not selling you anything that you can't buy today, except for that "custom" case.  If you don't care whether or not your ARM-based emulation box kinda looks like a silver Sega Genesis, there's no need to wait for this crowdfunded doodad that may or may not actually be delivered.

  • RPi3 w/ case, heatsink, and power supply: $50
  • 16GB microSD card: $6
  • Cheap USB dualshock knockoff: $8
  • Fully functional, polished, and regularly updated Retropie: Free

For a little less than the cheapest still-available retroengine tier, you can have a better-specced board with better support, software that already works, and you can have it in two days instead of six months.  It's kind of a no-brainer.

alyinsanfran

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2017, 04:15:04 pm »
It looks like these units are starting to be received by backers. Wifi issues already. I'm expecting massive confusion and complaints once people realise you need to know what you're doing to get emulation to work consistently. I might pick up a retail unit eventually.

Check the comments section on the IndieGoGo page. Should make for interesting reading over the next week.

alyinsanfran

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Re: RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2017, 05:57:54 am »
This console is a rolling disaster. If you're producing a machine that requires expertise to get functioning you really shouldn't market it as plug+play. I feel sorry for some of these folk.

 

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