It seemed to take forever, but the Evercade VS Founders Edition, ordered in May 2021, finally arrived the week before Christmas.
Featuring six cartridges, two controllers, a certificate, cartridge case, and stickers, the VS has been a permanent fixture in the living room here at GRUK Towers. It certainly holds its own alongside the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
While I didn’t have the time to review the console for these pages, I was happy to contribute a detailed video and written review the Evercade VS for MakeUseOf.com, which you can watch above.
By this point, you’ve probably read a dozen reviews of the Evercade VS. My own feeling is that a couple of niggles aside, this is the easiest way to bring multiplatform retro gaming into your living room for as little money as possible. Indeed, I even awarded the Evercade VS the MUO Editor’s Choice award.
While emulation is a part of the Evercade experience, the handheld and the VS are both so finely tuned, and the cartridges perfectly curated, that the downside of emulation – endless configuration – is no longer an issue. It is this strength, enhanced with the Evercade VS, that I think underlines the importance of the device as a retro gaming system. A few enthiusiasts aside, no one wants to waste time with configuration. You wouldn’t expect it form a genuine retro device, a remake like the TinyNES, or an FPGA device.
As retro gaming goes increasinly mainstream, configuration is something that is expected as a default feature. Blaze Entertainment has recognized that with its Evercade devices, and that will widen the interest in retro gaming going forward.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.