I thought the Gameport looked suspiciously close to Ben Heck's work. Turns out that he did the case design. Even named it.If I were to take a Wild Ass Guess, I'd say that it's probably an FPGA-based product. Especially given their comment, "RetroGames has decided to take a radically different approach and provide synthesized versions of the original hardware for all the popular 8 bit classic systems." Thus the "software" for the different systems will probably be the circuit layout files that would be uploaded before the game gets played.
That Gameport looks promising, but they're awfully vague on it. They say that it won't emulate, but that it will synthesize using downloadable software?
Their constant references to the iPod do not suggest good things about the final price of this unit.
Retrogames LLC was the company that was going to release the 2600-on-a-chip years ago. They posted a video of their prototype way back when and I've been waiting for it to arrive ever since. It sounds from reading the Gameport site that the reason it never came out was that it ran into a combination of legal hassles over copyright and bad business partnerships. It sounds like this is their grass-roots "Plan B". I do not like the case design at all. All those hard edges and right angles. It's okay for one-off VCSp's, but not for a truly professional product.
Edited by mos6507, Mon May 28, 2007 10:39 PM.