Published on April 1st, 2016 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor1
Hyperkin’s Official Press Release for Portable TurboGrafx-16
If you follow the retro gaming community, you have heard the ramblings of Hyperkin making a Portable TurboGrafx-16 system. The TurboGrafx-16 was originally release in the early 90s’ but failed to make a good impression in North America. For the retro community, failed retro systems are now hot community for collectors.
The announcement of a Portable TurboGrafx-16 made a huge wave in the retro community. Dubbed TurboHD, our very own GAMINGtruth alumni made a great speculation video, in which you can see below.
If the announcement was not enough, Hyperkin has now an official press release. Check out the press release in its entirety below:
Hyperkin Announces Turbo HD
Hyperkin Has Announced Development of Portable TurboGrafx-16
March 31st, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) On March 31st, Hyperkin, a video game hardware developer from Los Angeles, has announced they will be developing the Turbo HD, a handheld console compatible with Turbograx-16 (PC Engine in Japan) games – otherwise known as HuCards.
Sporting a 4-inch AMOLED screen and 1080p output to HDTV, the Turbo HD will bring the TurboGrafx-16 love back to its glory days of the early 90s. Originally the third wheel to the SNES and Genesis well after its 1989 U.S. launch, NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 console was, in its own right, a graphical powerhouse, even if it technically utilized an 8-bit CPU.
“This is a big fan favor we are happy to finally announce,” said Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi. “The Turbo HD has been a small passion project that was our R&D team’s best kept secret from the world. Well…second best.”
The TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine’s lush sprites and unique titles were enough to keep retro gaming fans interested for more than 20 years. Amidst hip-hop artist, Kanye West’s TurboGrafx-16 album announcement this year and popular indie-rock band, The World is a Beautiful Place, recently mentioning buying a TurboGrafx-16 while on tour, the TurboGrafx-16 is in fact entering its renaissance period.
The Turbo HD is currently in development with a projected $100 price point. It will include features like the HDTV Tuner to allow full access to television, 3.5mm headphone jack and turbo switches. Release date is yet to be determined.
What do you think about the Turbo HD? Stay tuned GAMINGtruth for updates from Hyperkin and the TurboHD.